Ulcerative Colitis can be cured by adopting a proper diet and intake of vital herbs. There is no fixed diet recommended for people suffering from this disease. In this article, we will be sharing with you those food items, which help in reducing the consequences of Ulcerative Colitis and beneficial herbs in effective treatment of this disease.
Natural Diet for ulcerative colitis
Low fibre foods:
In this disease one should consume foods, which have less fibre in them. The recommended amount of fibre intake should be limited to only fifteen grams in a day. These foods are digested quite easily and slow down the movement of bowel in the body. Intake of such types of foods also limits the probabilities of diarrhoea.
Diet rich in protein and minerals:
Due to rectal bleeding and diarrhoea, your body loses essential minerals, salts and various vital nutrients from the body. So, those foods, which compensate this loss and deficiency would be an ideal diet for Ulcerative Colitis patients. Drink plenty of water, fruit and vegetable juices, soups etc. to keep your body hydrated. For protein, one can consume lean meat, eggs, nuts, pulses, flaxseeds etc. Spicy sauces, pickles and dressings are not recommended. Avoid intake of caffeine, alcohol and cocoa.
Yogurt contains probiotics which is very important for people suffering with this disease. Probiotics is a highly advantageous bacteria that is found in fermented foods. This bacteria aids in digestion and promotes a healthy immune system. It is good for gastrointestinal tract.
Green tea / Herbal tea:
Green tea has loads of antioxidants and vitamin C that helps in maintaining adequate gut flora along with repairing the damages caused due to inflammation in the body.
Eggs are packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and antioxidant selenium. Eggs help in conversion of food into energy which can prove to be beneficial for Ulcerative Colitis patients. Eat eggs in whichever form you like such as boiled, omelette, scrambled form etc. and keep the disease at bay.
Include avocados in your diet as they are rich in monounsaturated fat which is good not only for the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis but also for heart.
Include walnuts, almonds and olive oil that have plenty of healthy monounsaturated fat.
Apple is a recommended fruit for an ulcerative colitis patient. It has abundance of vitamins, minerals such as potassium and fibre. Other beneficial fruit in this disease are raw and ripe bananas, muskmelon, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, plums and apricots. Avoid pineapple and fruit juices with pulp.
It is a good food that gives healthy protein to your body. It is best to consume during or post inflammation. Saturated fat can lead to trouble in your digestive tract so choose lean meat which has healthiest mono saturated fats and negligible saturated fat.
One should consume milk, curd and cottage cheese on daily basis.
Pasta, instant oatmeal and dry cereals which give you half a gram of fibre per 100 grams of serving is best for Ulcerative Colitis patients.
Vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, eggplant and onion give relief in such painful conditions.
A little awareness of the type of food products that alleviate or aggravate the disease can help you a lot in getting relief from this painful condition.
Some of the most efficient, inexpensive and powerful herbs for the treatment of this disease have been explained below:
Dhania (Coriandrum sativum):
Dhania has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has wound healing properties as well. It provides relief from pain and inflammation. It helps in efficient bowel movement. It helps in alleviating the signs and symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa):
Curcumin in turmeric is a special compound, which has got tremendous anti-inflammatory property. It reduces the production of acid from the stomach and saves against damages like gastritis and ulcers from certain medicines, alcohol and stress.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare):
Fennel is another important herb with a lot of important medicinal properties. These properties aid in alleviating the dangerous signs and symptoms of this inflammatory bowel disorder. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in treating ulcers. It prevents bleeding as well.
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna):
Yet another important herb for Ulcerative Colitis is Arjuna. It helps in treating ulcers, preventing bleeding, removing swelling, imparting stamina and physical strength to the individuals. The bark of this tree is extremely beneficial for the treatment of this disorder to a huge extent.
Thus, the herbs coupled with the diet helps in treating Ulcerative Colitis significantly.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. WEBSITE – WWW.PLANETAYURVEDA.COM