Ulcerative Colitis is one of the two major chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. The other being Crohn’s disease. At present, it impacts the lives of 1 in every 420 people in the UK. This amounts to approximately 146,000 people.
Its onset is often gradual with flare-ups followed by remission and then a relapse of symptoms. Symptoms can commonly include diarrhoea (often with blood) and abdominal pain.
The severity of these symptoms seems to depend on how much of the colon is impacted by the condition.
Additionally, during a flare, symptoms can also appear in places outside the digestive system. This includes things such as joint pain, ulcers, swollen skin, and irritation in the eyes.
Various dietary templates have been used in clinical settings that have shown to reduce disease activity in Ulcerative Colitis. These are used as a template to help support your condition. The aim is not to use these as a one size fits all approach, but as a starting point that is then adjusted based on your response.
This way we can find the diet that works best for you and your gut.
The dietary management of Ulcerative Colitis has 3 main aims:
Balance the Immune System
Heal the Gut Lining
Specific probiotic formulations have also shown benefit when studies in those with Ulcerative Colitis.
These provide foundational support which has been shown in research to support the gut, reduce inflammation, and improve levels of beneficial bacteria.
A reduction in disease activity has been shown with the use of natural supplements.
A variety of daily practices can be incorporated into daily life to support digestive function and anti-inflammatory processes.
I view the relationship I have with my patients as a partnership. Since the process is dynamic and gut issues may respond quickly to the changes, I find regular contact and feedback sessions are best.
This allows us to keep all the recommendations relevant and our approach up to date. It also prevents you from remaining on a specific stage of treatment for a prolonged period of time when you’re ready for the next step in the process.
The aim of this is to support you as well as possible and to help you feel better, quicker.
Feel like you again.
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