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Ulcerative Colitis

Q: I would appreciate if you would send me a list of foods a person can and cannot eat with ulcerative colitis.

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A: Colitis means inflammation of the colon and is a chronic non-specific inflammatory condition which may be linked to an overactive immune system.

It is therefore important to keep your immune system balanced and healthy and prevent over activation of inflammatory agents.
 
It is also important to avoid stress which is a major factor in Ulcerative colitis.
 
Foods to avoid are:
 
  • Any food which is an irritant to the bowel, ie wheat, gluten, any type of bran, dairy produce from cows, including cheeses.
  • Avoid very hot or cold foods, spicy foods and vinegar
  • Absolutely avoid processed foods and fried foods and cut down on red meat
  • Avoid refined sugar which creates inflammation in the body
  • The main intolerances include dairy produce, wheat, corn, tomatoes, citrus, potato and chocolate
 
Foods you can eat are:
 
  • Rice, millet, baley and quinoa
  • Mashed pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, papaya and mango which are all rich in carotenes
  • Chlorophyll heals the bowel so eat more green foods such as watercress, spring greens and cabbage
  • Fresh fish is high in zinc and zinc aids tissue healing
  • Oily fish is high in omega 3 oils which also aids healing
  • One of the best gut healers is aloe vera juice but buy the unpreserved type which you keep in the fridge
 
Take a good acidophilus supplement to encourage good bacteria in the gut. Not the probiotic drinks. You can get this from your local health store.
 
Also take Omega 3 fish oils and evening primrose oils. Some supplement companies offer products that combine both oils in one product.
 
Also take SIMBA, a supplement of African Potato tuber, which balances and regulates the immune system and is also a potent natural anti-inflammatory. Start with a low dose and build up to the recommended therapeutic dose.
 
Above all, be kind to yourself and get plenty of rest and relaxation, which will allow your body to heal.

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