Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with, or experienced signs and symptoms that might point to, ulcerative colitis (UC)? If so, then you know how difficult UC can make day to day life. Those with ulcerative colitis often find themselves with a lack of appetite for fear of the symptoms, leaving them hungry all day and experiencing other health complications like fatigue and dehydration. Problems in the gut can affect the entire body one way or another, so it is important to be aware of the needs of your body by listening to and learning about your gut.
First, let us define ulcerative colitis for those who are not familiar. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Specifically, UC affects the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. UC typically develops over time rather than suddenly appears. While there is not one main cause for UC, there are a few possible causes. One is an immune system malfunction, similar to an auto immune attack where the body attacks its own cells. Normally the immune system’s job is to fight off bad bacteria and viruses, but sometimes it can mistake good bacteria and even food as invaders to be fought off. This is why many people find some ulcerative colitis relief when they identify food triggers from their diet. Heredity has also been shown to play a factor in causing UC. It should also be mentioned that while stress and diet are not necessarily the cause, they can aggravate the symptoms.
The defining difference between UC and other gut problems, such as Crohn’s disease, is that ulcerative colitis symptoms only affect the colon and rectum while Crohn’s disease affects the entire gastrointestinal tract, from the rectum to the mouth. Also, the difference between Ulcerative colitis symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is that IBS deals more with muscle contractions and UC deals with ulcers and inflammation. Those with Ulcerative colitis will have some of the following signs and symptoms, depending on what part of the colon is affected: diarrhea (often with blood or pus), abdominal pain and cramping, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, urgency to defecate, and inability to defecate despite urgency. If unchecked, UC can also lead to weight loss, lack of growth in children, colon cancer, inflammation in other parts of the body, perforated colon, and an increased risk of blood clots.
While there is no “known cure” for Ulcerative Colitis, we have found that it is definitely possible to calm down the signs and symptoms and bring people relief. Life does not have to be filled with the stress of always worrying where a bathroom is and always being fearful of eating before leaving the house. The key to relief is to get educated in your personal gut health and support your gut the way it needs to be supported. Proper gut support can bring about healing which can lead to ulcerative colitis symptoms relief. Nutritionally Yours offers a comprehensive stool test that can show you what your body needs to encourage self-healing and get you feeling better. We test good and harmful bacteria levels, look for parasites, yeast and worms, look at inflammation markers, digestive enzyme needs, PH and more. Once your personal results come in, we will provide you with a protocol complete with exactly what you need to do to get a hold of your ulcerative colitis symptoms, and find relief that will improve the quality of your life.
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by Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC