Colitis, or ulcerative colitis (UC) is inflammation of the colon or large intestine. Ulcers form on the colon wall, producing pustules that may bleed. The most common symptoms of colitis are:
- Stomach ache
- Blood or pus in stools
- Extreme tiredness or lethargy
- Needing to go to the toilet frequently
Recurring colitis or flare-ups can impose even further symptoms such as aching limbs, fever or chills and skin inflammation.
There are a variety of causes of this disease including infections, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease; autoimmune conditions, or allergic reactions.
In general, ensuring that dehydration is avoided is important; drinking plenty of water is advisable. Giving the colon “rest” is also a good idea. This can be done by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, high fibre foods, fatty or highly processed food.
The treatment or management of colitis is very much associated with its cause, and this is why seeking professional help is advised. The comprehensive nutritional deficiencies test is highly recommended, since nutritional deficiencies always accompany digestive disorders.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of colitis, it is important to get a professional opinion. To find out more, such as which tests, supplements or approach is most appropriate, book your free 15 minutes pre-consultation here.