What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis is a fairly common condition in Gastroenterology. The main issue with this disorder is the inflammation that it is known to cause in the colon. It is a form of Inflammatory bowel disease that mirrors Chron's disease. In your normal colon, it carries the function of removing nutrient from food that is not digested to then remove the waste products from the rectum in the form of feces. The more severe the inflammation is on the lining of the colon, the more likely ulcers may form which can bleed. This can cause pus and mucus to form. Ulcerative Colitis is usually accompanied by diarrhea. Feces become very loose, and is accompanied by stomach pain and a strong urge to pass a stool. The severity of the diarrhea associated with (UC) is directly correlated with the extent and spread of inflammation. 

Some other common symptoms tied to this health condition include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Anemia
  • Dehydration 
  • Fever

Symptoms tend to be at their worst state during the morning hours.

If you're wondering, what can of diet could help lessen the symptom, that includes the following:

  •  eating 5-6 smaller, more regular meals
  •  staying hydrated with water 
  •  avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages (raises risk of diarrhea)
  •  avoid alcohol (raise risk of diarrhea)
  • avoiding soda, can increase gas
  •  Using a journal to log the foods that may be worsening your symptoms

 

The following 4 diets are suggested in the medical community to address this condition:

  • Low salt diet
  • Low fat diet
  • Lactose-free diet
  • Low fiber diet

 

It may be helpful to consume supplements or particular foods from your diet. But if you are unsure about your alternatives, please consult with your physician to develop a viable plan. 

 

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