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What to do with Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are both classified as inflammatory bowel disease. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) although capable of causing some similar symptoms, is a condition that involves no inflammation.

Anyone with ulcerative colitis for at least 5 years even if its mild or inactive for a long time should undergo regular colonoscopy since people with this disease run a much greater risk of developing colon cancer than the greater population. The earliest symptom of ulcerative colitis sometimes mimics the symptoms of arthritis- achiness and joint pains. These symptoms may not be accompanied by abdominal discomfort typical of colitis. If you start experiencing arthritis-like symptoms, it may be beneficial to change your diet.
Ulcerative colitis can be extremely painful and even temporarily disabling condition. Diet is most probably the best significant factor in achieving and maintaining remission.

The most important thing to do is to keep a diary of what you eat and what symptoms you experience. This way you can see which foods have aggravated or improved your condition. Some people are just sensitive to certain foods such as yeast products or dairy products and so you can tell which one have caused flare-ups or make you feel better.
Eat cooked foods that are broiled or baked and not fried or sautéed. Avoid sauces made of butter. Keep fats and oils out of your diet and stay away from high-fat milk and cheeses.

Fats and oils exacerbate diarrhea that comes with colitis. Try soy-based cheese instead of dairy cheese, try soy milk or rice milk instead of cow's milk. If you do eat dairy products, use nonfat types. If you have lactose intolerance, try lactose-free milk. Many lactose intolerant people can tolerate low-fat yogurt. Drink carrot and cabbage juices and "green drinks" are also good. Do not eat fruit on an empty stomach. Eat in
between meals instead and avoid acidic fruits such as oranges and grapefruit. /fruit juices should be diluted with water and taken during or after meals.

Last but not the least; include garlic in your diet for its healing and antibiotic properties.
Vitamin K deficiency has been linked to ulcerative colitis. Sulfa drugs and mineral oil deplete vitamin K. Antibiotics also interfere with the absorption of vitamin K. Vitamin K
plays an important role in the intestines and aids in converting glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver, promoting healthy liver functions as it also helps prevent cancer that targets the inner lining of the organs.

Foods rich in vitamin k includes asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks, broccoli, soybeans, yogurt, liver, oatmeal, rye, leafy lettuce, green tea, green leafy vegetables, safflower oil and blackstrap molasses.

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