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Forging a healthy life while coping with ulcerative colitis

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by: Yanjun
Tags: ulcerative colitis, bowel disorders, UC

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(NaturalNews) Ulcerative colitis, often shortened to UC or casually labeled irritable bowel disorder (IBD), is a debilitating physiological condition in which the body struggles with a daily ability to actively metabolize and retain foods and beverages, and thus their nutrients. Whereas, living with ulcerative colitis can be confusing, many are apt to blame their diet and specific items. Though, one should recall that UC is simply aggravated and does not derive its origins from any particular food or drink. Therefore, remaining vigilant and maintaining a standard course of healthy yet appropriate foods and beverages will defend one coping with UC while also nourishing and replenishing one's body.

Combating fatigue with iron and folate-rich foods

Sufferers of UC are often prey to fatigue and anemia, or a low red blood cell count, as a result of complications associated with the body's inability to metabolize food, potentially due to stomach ulcers or diarrhea. Thus, one should remain cognizant of their iron intake as fatigue an anemic episodes are associated with excess folate and iron depletion. One should consider incorporating spinach or raisins to counteract deficiencies, while also examining the potential for egg yolks and artichoke, as well.

Preserving hydration of the body and mind

Ulcerative colitis requires diligent fluid restoration as dehydration is very common among those diagnosed. Maintaining water intake is a necessity as UC regularly depletes the bodily liquids in an extraordinary attempt to retain fluids and nutrients because of an ill metabolic system.

Maintaining bone-health

Stricken by a metabolic aggravation of the body's ability to absorb nutrients, UC or IBD is infamous for depriving calcium and vitamin D, interrupting the preservation of bone health. Therefore, finding an alternate daily source of these nutrients is important. While, traditional dairy products like milk and cheese are plentiful, intolerance to these items is a shared trait among many who suffer from UC. Fortunately, soy and almond also exist as wholly dairy-free and equally nutritious options.

Enhancing the metabolic process

The addition of a probiotic liquid or pill can help those suffering from ulcerative colitis. Yogurt is a proven alternative, offering protective properties as a well endowed source of bacteria that can help to restore equilibrium, especially when antibiotics or aggravated gastrointestinal distress has disrupted the metabolic process.

Promising alternatives

Navigating the volume of variables and controlling for culprits can be overwhelming, thus keeping a food journal and documenting one's intake can help one better assess their situation. Another great option is to avoid known provocateurs such as whole grains and raw fruits during aggravated intervals, while also retaining foods like broccoli, cauliflower and legumes by serving them 'well-cooked'.

Despite, the unfortunate realities of ulcerative colitis, one can plan comfortably with the knowledge that no single food group is to blame, granting those suffering with an enhanced ability to coordinate a wider plan specific to their dietary limitations.

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Sofiya has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments,health insurance, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.

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