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What helps the symtoms of ulcerative colitis?

Does anyone know if there is a special diet that helps ulcerative colitis? I was thinking of eliminating meat to see if that would help even though people do that for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is a little different. Any suggestions would be great!

eliminating meat won't really help much.. the best things to cut out are fried foods, overly processed foods, popcorn, fake sugars, other veggies that will irritate your stomach too. The sugars to completely watch out for are any that end it -itol like sorbitol which is found in many gums. my nutritionist I had said to avoid these because they cause diarrhea which would definitely not help us with UC. I'd also watch dairy intake. I know that I became fairly lactose intolerant with my UC. Organic foods help tremendously as well since they aren't processed and they are more natural.  (+ info)

How do you know the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

So antibiotics can cause stomach cramps and loose stool which are also the symptoms of antibiotic induced colitis.

I have been having these symptoms for about three days now and have been off my antibiotic for three days now. How do I know when it could be a sign of something much worse like colitis?

There's an old hippie cure for this, I've actually used it and it seems to work. Try taking probiotic yogurt (yogurt with active cultures in it) or going to a health food store and taking some of these probiotic pills with bacteria in them. That will help replace some of the bacteria that was lost while you were on antibiotics.

What's happening is that antibiotics did their job so well, they killed the bacteria in your intestinal tract that your body needs to digest food (which is why you're having nasty diarrhea).  (+ info)

What is the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

I have been trying to find information on colitis and all that seems to come up is information on ulcerative colitis. What is the difference between these two? Are they the same? Also, if you know of any websites or resources that have to do with colitis please post them! Thanks.

Colitis means swelling (inflammation) of the colon viz., large intestine. It is a general term.
CMV gastroenteritis/colitis is inflammation of the stomach or intestine due to infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Pseudomembranous colitis is infection of the large intestine (colon) with an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacteria.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory and ulcerative disease arising in the colonic mucosa, characterized most often by bloody diarrhea. Extraintestinal symptoms, particularly arthritis, may occur. Long-term risk of colon cancer is high. Diagnosis is by colonoscopy. Treatment is with 5-aminosalicylic acid, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, anticytokines, antibiotics, and occasionally surgery.  (+ info)

When comparing Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis, which of the following is true?

1.The cause of Chron's disease is known, whereas the cause of ulcerative colitis isn't known.
2. Chron's disease can be found anywhere in the digestive tract, whereas ulcerative colitis is generally found in the colon and rectum.
3. Patients with both conditions benefit equally well from surgery.
4. Ulcerative colitis is remitting, whereas Chron's disease is constant.

I have Crohn's Disease so I'm going on what I have read about them both;

1. False. It's not known what kicks off Crohn's.
2. True. I have Crohn's in both intestine (large & Small) and in my esophagus.
3. Surgery for both can give you years symptom free but can keep coming back, it is not a cure. Trouble is you can run out of intestine to remove after so long.
4. Crohn's Disease can go into remission if treated.

I hope this helps you!! :o)  (+ info)

How can i get a food list of what to eat with Colitis ?

I have Colitis and don't know what to eat . I am 37 yrs old in Pa.
Just diagnosed and is clueless to what this requires. If i could just talk to someone with the some anwers. Thank you very much.

Eat a high fiber diet EXCEPT when you are having a flare-up, then avoid fiber like the plague. You should also regularly drink Ensure shakes because it digests in the upper part of your small intestine(which isn't diseased and can actually absorb the nutrients.)  (+ info)

What foods can i eat with ulcerative colitis?

I have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, i dont really want to go on Steroids as just 10 mg had nasty side effects for me! What foods are safe to eat with UC and promote healing?

If your ulcerative colitis is from gluten intolerance, then you need to avoid ALL gluten containing food. This is found in wheat, rye, barley, sometimes even oats. This includes food processed with wheat flour...like breaded chicken.

I myself kept having colitis back to back (my gyno told me what it was---the pain, bloating, ect), and I cut out gluten. I found out that I can buy GLUTEN FREE oats....and I STILL have a problem with THAT (it was gluten free granola, and just a tablespoon sprinkled on my yogurt put me in AGONY!!). So, I now know that Oats are a HUGE problem for me besides the fact of gluten. BTW, oats themselves usually do not have gluten to begin with---it is the finishing process (they dust the machines with wheat flour to help the oats cut and pass smoothly through the machines).

Some people have a lactose problem too....luckily, I do not.

If you search the internet, you may find some good (or some not so good) information on ulcerative colitis and or gluten free. Unfortunately, the normal "BRAT diet" (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast does not always work for this, as the TOAST is usually loaded with gluten if it is normal bread....and only makes the problem worse.)

Hope this info helps you out. Feel better, good luck!!  (+ info)

What is the youngest diagnosed case of Ulcerative Colitis?

Im worried my son has Ulcerative Colitis. I have another open question but no one has answered. My son is 5 1/2 mnths and Im concerned he has U.C. Does anyone know the youngest diagnosed case?

I know of a 4 year old with U/C that goes to the same doctor that treats me. It is a desease that has had a lot of research done on it but has few asnswers. A few things that I found out was: it is found in a lot of people that move from an agrarian to urban settings and is also believed to be stress related.( I don't know what kind of stress a 4 year old could have.) You may want to talk to your doctor about an asacol treatment and if it is appropriate  (+ info)

Has anyone had a successful pregnancy with Ulcerative Colitis?

I am 24, married and January was the first month of us trying to conceive and I am very upset that my period has started today-boo hoo. Has anyone had a successful pregnancy with Ulcerative Colitis? If yes, how long did it take you to get pregnant?

In general, women with ulcerative colitis or with Crohn's disease in remission can become pregnant as easily as other women. Women with active Crohn's disease may have more difficulty becoming pregnant. I've had UC since I was 12 and this was one of the questions I asked a doctor when I got about 18(Im 21 now and not wanting kids anytime soon) but he told me I would have no problem getting pregnant as long as I stayed healthy and in remission.
Go to this website it has a lot of information as well...

http://www.ccfa.org/about/news/pregnancy  (+ info)

How can I deal with the pain with my colitis?

I have colitis and it has been good to me before but it has come back I am trying to get a hold of my specialest. I want to go back to work and do whatever I want adn beable to do stuff like normal people. I know to eat well and stuff but is there any other ways.

I suffer from the same problem and I thought I knew everything about how to eat with this problem. I came across a website they gave me information about how to eat like I never understood before. It has changed my life and I no longer suffer with the pain.

Soluble fiber is the single greatest dietary aid for preventing colitis symptoms in the first place, as well as relieving them once they occur. Here's the kicker. Soluble fiber is NOT typically found in foods most people think of as "fiber," such as bran or raw leafy green vegetables. Soluble fiber is actually found in foods commonly thought of as "starches", though soluble fiber itself differs from starch as the chemical bonds that join its individual sugar units cannot be digested by enzymes in the human GI tract. In other words, soluble fiber has no calories because it passes through the body intact.

As a general rule, the grain and cereal foods at the top of this list make the safest, easiest, and most versatile soluble fiber foundations for your meals and snacks.[1]

Pasta and noodles
Fresh white breads such as French or sourdough (NOT whole wheat or whole grain)*
Rice cereals
Flour tortillas
Corn meal
Sweet potatoes
Squash and pumpkins
Avocados (though they do have some fat)
Papayas (also digestive aids that relieve gas and indigestion)

I hope this helps you. If you have any further questions please let me know.
Billie77  (+ info)

What supplement cures ulcerative colitis the fastest?

I have ordered things like Digesticure and Aloe Elite and I know there are others. I'm just wondering which supposedly cures ulcerative colitis (or digestive diseases) in the shortest amount of time?
Try digestiqure.com if you're wondering about a cure for UC/Crohns. thats what I am hoping will heal me after I get my current flare under control.

I suggest reading the book patient heal thyself

top one


the authors healed himself of chrohn and went to dozens of doctors in many countries and spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to heal himself. His dad was even a naturopath...eventually he healed himself and the book tells how and you can see his before and after pictures here

My other suggestion is to do the full incurables save your life program by Dr Richard Schulz which had success. People with digestive ailments like crohn's and colitis omit the intestinal cleanse #1 and go straight to the intestinal cleanse #2 when doing the full incurables.

Email me and I will send you the links to the manual and 12 videos that detail so much. they are no longer in print and originally cost $435 dollars. Someone put them up for me to refer sick people too but I do not publicly post the link due to the interviewer of Schulze sending cease and desist letter to people getting them removed as he no longer makes money on it I guess so email me this. There is no easy cure for incurable illnesses..a simple supplement will not generally help most people but a comprehensive, lifestyle change will and then some

more on Schulze here

http://www.curezone.com/schulze/default.asp and the incurables program

http://www.curezone.com/schulze/handbook/TNIP.asp (especially #5)

his website is here


his products are sold here

https://web2.herbdoc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=38 scroll down to incurables program in the search by products at the left side of the page

You can learn how to make many of his formulas yourself to save money in his 700 page manual and his videos of the save your life program--email me for the links

contrary to what doctors and others say, there are no incurable illnesses..also be sure any herbs you take are in the form of tinctures (or teas is ok as well) and are organic or wildcrafted for best results as capsules are rarely absorbable and conventional herbs are several times less potent.  (+ info)

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