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What Is a Fecal Transplant for Colitis? Is It a Viable Option?

For those who do not respond well to conventional therapy for colitis, a fecal transplant may be the answer. This unorthodox method of treating intestinal inflammation and infections has been in use since 1958; however, it used to only be performed in cases of life-threatening infections. With today’s medical advances, more and more people suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease are turning to fecal transplants to relieve or cure them. Aside from what is called the “ick” factor, these transplants are an effective and low-risk method of treating colitis.

A fecal transplant, also known as “fecal microbiota therapy,” is a way to restore the normal, healthy balance of bacteria in the colon. Antibiotics or infections can cause this balance to be disturbed, paving the way for other bacteria to cause infections. Even bacteria that is normally harmless in the body, such as Clostridium difficile or C. diff, can multiply out of control and wreck havoc on an otherwise normal colon. Fecal transplants can restore the microbial balance for people with these infections and produce lasting remission for those who suffer from colitis.

In a fecal transplant, stool from a healthy donor is put into the colon of an infected person via a colonoscope or enema. Many people who receive the treatment prefer it to medication therapy, seeing it as being “more natural.” It is also, by comparison, easier and safer than medication therapy. The best part of this therapy is that is very effective: treatment of patients with C. diff has over a 90% success rate. Their diarrhea often went away within just a few days after the initial treatment.

If you are interested in knowing if a fecal transplant is a viable option for you, talk with your doctor about the procedure. The downside to the treatment is that it is currently only performed by a limited number of doctors. In addition, it may not be completely covered by insurance, or not at all. If it is possible for you to have a transplant, however, the chances for the successful remission of your colitis are very good.

Also, if you are searching for ways to improve your digestive system, you should consider food combining. Food combining is a safe, effective way to reduce the amount of stress that digesting food places on your stomach. Have you ever eaten a cheeseburger and French fries and felt greasy and sick later that night? That is because your stomach had to produce extra amounts of acid to digest that incompatible food, causing heartburn and bloating.

Food combining will show you how to eliminate that stress. You will only eat foods in compatible combinations and your stomach will only produce one type of acid. The result? Fewer or no symptoms of bloating and diarrhea. Food combining can be practiced by anyone and is easy to follow. Try it for yourself and see why it helps millions of people feel better in as little as 24 hours.

What Causes C. diff Colitis?

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a type of bacteria that can infect the colon. Though it usually affects people in long term care facilities and older people in hospitals, it can affect people of any age. It typically occurs during or after an individual has taken antibiotics, though it also occurs in people who have not recently taken any. When C. diff bacterium infects the colon, it is known as C. diff colitis.

C. diff colitis has several causes. The most common cause is when people who have the bacteria don’t wash their hands thoroughly, then touch and contaminate objects. C. diff bacteria produce spores that can live for weeks or months. If someone comes into contact with the spores, the spores can unknowingly be ingested.

Another frequent cause of this infection is the use of antibiotics. Normally, healthy people do not get sick from C. diff bacteria. But if someone takes antibiotics to treat an infection, some of the body’s healthy bacteria are destroyed along with the other bacteria. This causes C. diff bacteria to grow out of control and leads to an infection.

One way to help guard your digestive system from bad bacteria is to keep it running smoothly and without undue stress. You can accomplish this by eating more unprocessed, natural foods and following the techniques of food combining. Food combining will show you how to combine your food in a way that does not force your stomach to produce excessive amounts of conflicting enzymes. These enzymes lead to heartburn, diarrhea, and a lot of strain on your stomach.

Through food combining, you learn which foods are good to eat together and which should always be eaten separately. You will see an improvement in your digestion in as little as 24 hours. Your food can be digested easily and gently and you will feel better than ever.

Self Help for Ulcerative Colitis

Whether you have a mild or severe case of ulcerative colitis, it is a painful, at times embarrassing, disease. The symptoms are usually abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea but can also include nausea and bloating. There is no cure presently known for the disease, but it can usually be successfully treated through medication and self help. For many people who suffer from colitis, treatment can lessen the severity of the symptoms and bring about remission that can last for months or even years.

The best home treatment for ulcerative colitis is to make changes in your diet. Although diet is not considered the cause of this disease, it does contribute to the severity of your symptoms and whether or not the disease will stay in remission for an extended period of time. The first step is to eliminate known trigger foods from your diet such as fried, high-fat, and spicy foods. Alcohol, acidic juices, and caffeine should also be avoided. Eat fiber sparingly until you know how well your body can tolerate it. Eat a diet of steamed or baked fruits and vegetables, roasted or grilled poultry and lean red meat, low-fat dairy products (or avoid them if you are lactose intolerant) and low-fiber grain products such as white flour breads, cereals, and rice.

Another beneficial method of self help for ulcerative colitis is to reduce stress. Like diet, stress can make flare-ups occur more frequently and make symptoms worse. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost endorphins and reduce stress. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing are also good for relaxing the body and lowering your heart rate. Classes are available for you to learn these methods or you can watch a DVD or online video at home. It is also beneficial to set aside time for activities you enjoy such as reading, spending time with friends, playing games, or watching movies.

Along with reducing stress and making changes in your diet, food combining is excellent self help for colitis sufferers. Food combining takes the foods you enjoy and shows you how to combine them for eating in ways that do not cause stress on your stomach. Foods such as sausage, hash browns, and eggs may taste good, but they are not good for your ulcerative colitis.

They are also not good for your stomach, because they cause it to produce enzymes that conflict with each other to digest this incompatible food. The result is gas, heartburn, and diarrhea, all of which aggravate ulcerative colitis. Food combining teaches you what foods to eat together and which ones to eat separately, so your stomach can digest food easily in a way that is gentle on your body. Try food combining today and you’ll see why millions of people use it to help them have better digestion and fewer gastrointestinal problems.