How to treat colitis naturally? Ulcerative colitis is a health condition caused by inflammation of the colon and rectum. Inflammation is the body’s immune response to damage meaning that something is causing the inflammation in this area.

Small ulcers can develop along the colon lining, which may cause pus and bleeding.

Symptoms will usually include abdominal pain, loose stools and the urgency to pass stools, cramping and bloating. Sometimes there may even be some blood in diarrhoea.

What causes colitis?

Inflammation of the colon and the rectum causes the symptoms of the condition, but as inflammation is the body’s natural response to damage, we must consider what is the root cause. Bacteria can be the cause of many health conditions, and as we know the microbiome of the gut lives in the large intestine, then it would make sense that this could extend back to a microbe problem.

According to MedicineNet, a number of different infections can cause colitis. Bacteria that can cause colitis include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, Yersinia, Chlamydia, Neisseria, and tuberculosis. [1]

More research is needed in this area to explore the effects of harmful bacteria in the gut and other diseases.

Acute treatment for colitis

Your doctor should prescribe a course of antibiotics to rule out a bacteria infection. However, it’s important to remember that whilst antibiotics can kill off the infection, antibiotics will not help anything else going on in your body.

Immune responses can flare up other problems in the body as well, and if your body is not able to pass stools properly, then it’s likely you will have toxic overload and your liver might become sluggish. Check here for the signs of a sluggish liver. 

Therefore, taking an approach to long-term health is important here and will require dietary and lifestyle changes.

 

Long-term health treatment for colitis

Probiotics

When taking antibiotics, it’s important to take a probiotic also. Because you are suffering with digestive problems, you likely have an imbalance in your gut flora, so taking a strong probiotic can help to replace depleted types of friendly bacteria and also support your digestive system whilst taking antibiotics. You should look for a probiotic that contains 50 billion CFU per tablet. You can buy some on Amazon and you should take them for a minimum of three months every day.

Natural probiotics

You should also include natural probiotics in your diet too. Natural probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are formed through the process of fermentation. We sell natural probiotics, you can find them in our drinks range Bio Alive and our water kefir juice.

Bone broth

Our bone broth has powerful anti-inflammatory proteins that have proven results in helping reduce inflammation of the gut. Drinking broth daily could help to improve your digestive function. If you want to know more about bone broth, then please head to our blog.

Eat more plants

If you have colitis, then you may find that cutting back on your meat consumption and eating more plants could really help you. A lot of bacteria can come from meat that has not been cooked properly; at home, when you are out for a meal, or especially if you travel abroad and eat there. Eating more plants is essential for your gut health. Plants, in particular some vegetables, are high in dietary fibre. Dietary fibre is really important for the digestive system because it helps firm up poops, and helps the beneficial bacteria colonise and grow in the large intestine.

Supplements

It would be worth taking the following supplements:

  • Milk thistle tablets – liver support (3 x tablets per day for 3 months)
  • Digestive enzyme tablets – digestive support (1 tablet with each main meal for 3 months)
  • Woodworm tablets – to ensure there is no parasite (1 tablet per day for 7 days)
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