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Ulcerative Colitis

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 which amounts to approximately 146,000 people.

It’s onset is often gradual with incidences followed by remission and then relapse of symptoms which can commonly include diarrhoea (often with blood) and abdominal pain.  The severity of these symptom seems to depend on how much of the colon is impacted by the condition.  During flare, symptoms can also appear in places outside the digestive system such as joint pain, ulcers, swollen skin and irritation in the eyes.

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Diet

The dietary management of Ulcerative Colitis has 3 main aims

  1. To reduce inflammatory compounds
  2. To identify and the minimise the consumption of aggravating foods
  3. To support healing of the gut through increasing the production of compounds known as short chain fatty acids (SCFAs)

Gut Support

Probiotics
Specific probiotic formulations have also shown benefit when studies in those with Ulcerative Colitis.  Areas such as inducing remission, maintaining remission, preventing and reducing pouchitis have also seen positive impacts from probiotic administration.

Prebiotics
An area which is often overshadowed by the use of the probiotics is the use of prebiotics.  These provide a foundational support which has been shown in research to support the gut, reduce inflammation, improve levels of beneficial bacteria.  The same research also shows that even if you’re taking medication these approaches provide support and an integrative approach is often beneficial, especially if there is increased disease activity.

Natural Compounds
Reduction in disease activity has also be seen with the use of Aloe Vera, Boswellia as well as with turmeric which have all received scientific investigation and benefit in clinic.

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