What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?
If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you are one of over 20 million people in the United States alone who suffer from it. This inflammatory bowel disease results in everything from bloody diarrhea to abdominal pain and bloating, and if left untreated causes severe problems or can even be fatal. It is more serious than irritable bowel syndrome, and similar to Crohn’s disease. There are several ways of treating ulcerative colitis, the easiest and most healthy of which is a modification in the diet that involves food combining.
Like its other digestive disease counterparts, ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting, painful inflammation in the digestive tract. It normally involves the linings of the colon and rectum. Unlike Crohn’s disease, it affects an uninterrupted segment of the colon. Symptoms include rectal bleeding, inability to have a bowel movement, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, and in severe cases dehydration and shock.
There is no known direct cause of ulcerative colitis but there are several factors that are possible causes. One of these is an autoimmune disorder where the body continuously fires off an immune response even when nothing is invading it. The constant triggering of immune system cells and their proteins creates continuous inflammation in the colon, causing ulcers to form. This can also occur during lingering infections caused by bacteria or a virus.
Heredity is another possible cause of this disease. There is a greater risk of you developing ulcerative colitis if you have a parent or sibling who suffers from it. If you are one of a set of identical twins, the chances of you developing it if your twin has it are 10%, and if you are a fraternal twin the risk is 3%. It is theorized by scientists that it is a combination of genes that causes the heredity connection as opposed to one single gene. Although this link is not confirmed as a cause, people who have a family history of ulcerative colitis are urged to be aware of the possibility and take preventative measures as a precaution.
The simplest and most effective way to treat this inflammatory bowel disease is to make significant dietary changes. A diet high in fiber is very helpful to combat any inflammatory digestive disorder because a high fiber content helps create soft, bulky stools that can pass easily through the digestive tract. A significant increase in fiber can possibly make symptoms such as gas or diarrhea worse, however. If this occurs, try baking, stewing or steaming fruits and vegetables.
But the best method for treating ulcerative colitis is through food combining. Certain types of foods work against each other if eaten together and cause many different digestive ailments. By eating a diet with little or no processed foods and a lot of fresh produce you can easily follow the food combining system and experience an amazing recovery from ulcerative colitis. If you have doubts that such a simple change can make such a huge difference, consider Jan’s story:
Jan had suffered from ulcerative colitis disease for five years. Some days she was fine, but other days she had terrible pain, diarrhea, and bloating. She had almost given up on ever feeling normal again. Then she tried food combining. After just one day she noticed an improvement in her symptoms. Within a month, her symptoms had disappeared and she felt better than ever. Food combining gave Jan her life back and helped her be a healthier, happier person.
Food combining worked for Jan and it will work for you.
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