5 Ways To Treat Colitis - Ulcerative colitis
Colitis is not due to a deficiency of medication. Chronic health problems are a downstream result of an upstream problem. Fixing the upstream problem involves increasing overall health. By examining diet, lifestyle, colon health and food allergies, we can correct upstream problems and the gut will heal. Lets look at 5 ways to treat ulcerative colitis.
1. Treat the gut
Health begins in the gut. Studies showing alterations in gut bacteria in colitis and ulcerative colitis patients. A comprehensive stool test that tests the gut bacteria along with markers for inflammation, digestive immune markers, parasites and how well you digest your food gives our colitis doctors the tools they need to develop an individualized treatment program for your specific condition. By individualizing treatment we get excellent results treating colitis. There is no treatment that fits every colitis or ulcerative colitis patient.
2. Eliminate allergic foods.
Patients with colitis or ulcerative colitis will often change their diet to reduce inflammation and this will often help, just not all the way. A good functional medicine doctor will test for food allergies so they know which foods are causing inflammation. Even a food like broccoli or spinach can generate an immune response without the patient realizing they are eating a food that while good for most people is bad for them. To treat digestive conditions effectively, food allergies must be tested because individualized treatment is so important. This includes IgG, IgE, IgG4 and complement reactions for commonly eaten foods. This is one of the reasons why Midwest Functional Medicine stands above in treating colitis.
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3. Your supplements should match your tests
In consultations with patients with colitis, ulcerative colitis and other chronic illness, they are almost always taking nutritional supplements. When I ask why they are taking a particular supplement I often get a blank stare or a vague answer. Every supplement you take should have a reason behind it. That reason should be to remedy a tests result. Even probiotics vary widely. They should be matched to your microbiome that was tested with a stool sample. Your diet should match your food allergy tests. The days of guessing are over. Don’t guess, Test!
4. Find the root cause of colitis
Colitis is a condition characterized by pain in your digestive tract with constipation and/or diarhea. Despite what you may have heard colitis and ulcerative colitis can be successfully treated. To treat colitis successfully the cause must be determined. This cause will be different for different patients. Symptoms are downstream reactions to upstream problems. Some of the upstream problems are:
Poor Diet: High sugar, not enough fiber from fruits and vegetables, too much protein or fat and much more.
Poor gut health: Dysbiosis, bad bacteria in gut, alteration of good bacteria, overgrowth of yeast, parasites, other pathogens
Food Allergies: IgG4, IgE, IgG4 and complement allergies which when eaten constantly inflame the gut.
Environmental Toxins: These can be in your food or environment and need to be eliminated.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Deficient in B vitamins, Vit D, fiber and minerals.
Leaky gut syndrome: The tight junctions of the wall of the intestine can “leak” toxins into the bloodstream causing inflammation.
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Stress: Stress affects everything!
Lifestyle: Exercise and sleep patterns can have a large influence on your health.
5. Use a health coach
Changing diet and lifestyle can be very difficult. How many times have you tried to eat the right foods or not eat bad foods and failed. It’s tough! A good health coach can hold your hand and walk you through the process. Your health coach should be only a text message away, answering questions you have about cooking ingredients, supplements and more. A good health coach increases successful colitis treatment dramatically.
Putting it all together
At Midwest Functional Medicine we have a different approach to colitis, ulcerative colitis and other disorders. We will get to the cause of the problem, not just treat symptoms. By performing the above tests we can assess biochemical pathways and develop a personalized plan with medical grade nutritional supplements and a personal health coach to help you with the process. We will discover foods that are inflammatory to you so you can avoid them. We will help you eliminate toxins from your diet and environment so your body will be better able to heal itself. If you are ready to take control of your health click the link below and let’s get started.