Diet for Ulcerative Colitis
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis occurs when the lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and the rectum become inflamed. This inflammation causes the bowel to move its contents rapidly and empty frequently, producing tiny sores called ulcers on the lining of the colon. The ulcers may cause bleeding and discharge of mucus and pus. It is not necessarily caused because of certain foods; however, there are some triggers like gluten rich foods, high fiber foods & spicy foods that can flare the Ulcerative Colitis symptoms. There is no single diet that can help every Ulcerative Colitis patient. The key is to find what works for you.
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Diet Recommendations for Ulcerative Colitis
Although there is no specific diet for Ulcerative Colitis, there are some general guidelines that can help keep the symptoms at bay.
We are providing the necessary food recommendations that can help for Ulcerative Colitis.
- A diet of small, frequent meals of soft cooked or steamed vegetables, rice, porridge, yoghurt, and home-made cottage cheese.
- Fruits: Consume fruit juices with no pulp; canned fruits and applesauce, not including pineapple; pomegranate, raw, ripe bananas, melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, plums, peaches, and apricots
- Vegetables: Have more of soft cooked or steamed vegetables. You may consume raw lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, and onion; cooked spinach, pumpkin, seedless yellow squash, carrots, eggplant, potatoes, and green and wax beans
- Grains: Include crackers, and dry cereals
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
Sprouted seeds and grains, and whole wheat bread may be added gradually to this diet. All food must be eaten slowly and chewed thoroughly.
Foods to Avoid:
- Avoid citrus juices, white sugar, white bread, and white flour products, highly seasoned foods
- Highly salted foods
- Foods and beverages that contain caffeine, cocoa, and alcohol
- Foods cooked in aluminum pans
- Dry fruits, berries, figs, prunes, and prune juice
- Deli meats
- Spicy sauces, dressings, pickles, and relishes with chunks
- Nuts, seeds, and popcorn
Freshly prepared pomegranate juice is excellent for soothing the colon and balancing the immune system.
Conventional Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis
Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and swelling. More serious cases may need corticosteroids, antibiotics, aminosalicylates or surgery. A combination of corticosteroids and Aminosalicylates help to control the symptoms but do not provide complete freedom from the problem.
Natural Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis
Modern sciences suggest an underlying cause for Ulcerative Colitis. Holistic doctors believe that the main cause of any disorder may be stress and lack of energy. Thus, the root cause of the problem is energetic and not physical. Thus, herbs, supplements, Homeopathy and Ayurveda are all believed to help balance your energy. The combination of these products can help you get back to health. Work with a holistic doctor to discuss about your concern. Avoid visiting multiple doctors or emergency rooms to make it difficult to cope up with the condition. You can adopt different natural ways such as maintaining nutritious diet, exercise and practice meditation.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.