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 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 multiply 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.