COLITIS

Most colitis sufferers are between the ages of twenty and forty with stressful occupations or lifestyles, with females being slightly more prone to colitis than males. Natural therapies are very effective and can reduce the need for harsh medications. Most cases are related to food allergies,which in turn cause an inflamed colon. Typically, cheese, corn, wheat, and eggs are the most common colitis triggers. Diet change is imperative in relieving and healing colitis. The recommendations below have been used with great success.

Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine, accompanied by diarrhea, constipation, and cramping.

Symptoms
Symptoms include pain, gas, bloody diarrhea, ulcers in the colon lining,and hard stools.

Causes
Colitis may be caused by emotional stress, depression and anxiety, lack of fiber, food allergies, candida yeast involvement, vitamin K deficiency,too many antibiotics, excess sugar, and refined foods in the diet.

Dietary considerations
Clean up your diet. Avoid coffee, caffeine, nuts, dairy (except a daily serving of yogurt with live and active cultures), and citrus foods. Cut out sugar, wheat, and spicy foods. Drink plenty of water daily, at least six to eight glasses. Make one glass a green drink. Make oatmeal, brown rice, steamed veggies, green salads, and fresh fruits, especially apples, a part of your diet. Eat smaller meals so it is easier for you to digest and assimilate your food.

Supplement support for colitis
• Milk thistle extract, for liver health
• Chamomile tea: one cup before bed, sweetened with stevia
• Bio-K probiotic culture liquid, for intestinal rebalancing and rebuilding
• Kava, valerian, or passionflower tea, taken before bed to calm the body
• Cramp bark capsules, for cramping
• Glucosamine sulfate: 500 mg daily, for mucous membrane rebuilding
• Siberian ginseng, to fortify the body during times of stress
• Royal jelly, for adrenal gland health
• Fish oil: one capsule with 500 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA daily
• Probiotics: one capsule containing 50 billion live cultures daily