Bloody diarrhea, bloody mucous, gas, pain, bloating, incomplete elimination of the bowels, weakness, weight loss, indigestion, headaches, and sometimes hard stools. Diverticula are often produced
Colitis is a disease of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis is a more severe variation of it. The symptoms and treatment of both are about the same
Colitis is a chronic infection of the lower bowel. The mucous membrane wall becomes irritated as a result of fecal matter which has accumulated, because of constipation. In other words, the person did not have regular bowel movements, and so the bowel wall became infected as a result
Over-the-counter laxatives, cooking in aluminum utensils, overeating of refined carbohydrates, too much sugar in the diet, and food allergies are other causes
- Constipation causes the person to strain.
- This produces diverticula Diverticulitis", small pockets which fill with waste matter and toxins.
- Low-fiber diets, wrong food combinations, and poor bowel habits—all work together to cause trouble. Toxic bacteria multiplies quickly when retained in the lower bowel too long.
- Nervous tension and emotional stress intensify the problem.
- Antibiotics change the intestinal flora, and that can also produce colitis.
- It is important that you try to find the underlying cause of the colitis, otherwise, it will be difficult to eliminate it.
- More rarely, the intestinal wall weakens, balloons out, and could possibly rupture. This is called toxic megacolon.
How to cure ulcerative colitis with diet
- High-fiber foods are very important, also drinking lots of water.
- To begin with, do not eat raw greens, carrots, or peanuts. Eat cooked or steamed green leafy vegetables, cooked white potatoes, multigrain bread, and well-cooked oat bran, brown rice, millet, sweet potatoes, bananas, cooked carrots, squash, and avocados.
- Drink fresh, raw cabbage, carrot, celery and parsley juices, to help heal the colitis.
- Do not eat fruit on an empty stomach, but at the end of the meal, until the colitis is gone.
- Avoid milk products, for they irritate the colon. Wheat products may do it also.
- Poorly digested roughage can be the problem. Chew your food well. Your intestines need fiber, but not chunks of food.
- Undigested cereals and carbohydrates are another cause. Take digestive enzymes and smaller, more frequent, meals.
- Use the pulse test, to ascertain whether allergic foods are being eaten. (See "Pulse Test.")
- When no open peptic or intestinal ulcers are present, take 2-3 tablets of betaine hydrochloride (betaine HCl) after each meal with a glass of water. This will help the stomach digest proteins and carbohydrates.
- Slippery elm is very soothing and healing to the bowel. Mix one tsp. of powdered slippery elm with one pint of boiling water, blend well, add something for flavoring, and drink slowly.
- Alfalfa, garlic, and papaya are also useful.
- Helpful herbs include aloe vera, myrrh, and pau d'arco.