What is a good home remedy for colitis

colitis is an auto-immune chronic digestive condition involving the inflammation of the colon. Colitis is most often mistaken for IBS or irritable bowel syndrome; however, it is actually classified as an IBD or inflammatory bowel disease. Colitis is a group of conditions which are auto-immune and inflammatory in nature. Colitis can be further divided into four types:
  • Pseudomembranous colitis: is caused due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics administered to a person. In this case, a person may experience an inflamed colon as a side effect of consuming antibiotic drugs.
  • Ischemic colitis: is a condition in which the large intestines get inflamed due to an injury of some kind. This condition is brought about due to a shortage of blood supply to the colon. A person suffering from ischemic colitis experiences pain in the left side of the abdomen, bloody diarrhea and frequent bowel movements. This condition can cause permanent colon damage.
  • Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis: is a condition in which the colon gets inflamed causing non-bloody chronic diarrhea.
  • Ulcerative colitis: is one of the most common inflammatory bowel diseases. It causes chronic inflammation of the innermost lining of the colon and rectum. The pain caused by this condition is unbearable, and can be felt in the abdominal region. It can lead to life threatening complications if not treated in time.

As colitis is an auto-immune condition, there are no known cures for the same; however, there are certain therapies that prove beneficial while treating colitis.
  • Since colitis is a chronic digestive condition, diet plays a very important role in its treatment. Generally, treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms of the condition. Therefore, you will need to analyze what foods trigger this condition in your case.  Once you determine the trigger, avoid consuming the same, as this will help you get rid of this condition effectively.
  • Eating foods rich in fiber content is also very effective in treating this condition. Fiber rich foods ensure that the waste produced by the body is passed on from the colon to the rectum smoothly. Including lady fingers in your diet would prove very effective in this case, as it has high mucilage content as well as plenty of fiber, which are essential for the smooth functioning of the colon.
  • Avoid eating foods rich in saturated fats, like red meats and oily food stuff. These foods cannot be digested by the body easily. Therefore, in case of colitis they irritate the already inflamed intestines further. Keep away from milk products as far as possible, as milk too can cause allergic reactions in some cases.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking, as these hamper the functioning of the digestive system to a great extent.
  • Practicing yoga can also help in relieving the symptoms of colitis.

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