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Ulcerative Colitis Lifestyle Rx

Many with ulcerative colitis have had good results by avoiding foods that seem to worsen their symptoms. Because each person is different, it's important for you to take an active role in finding out which foods tend to make your symptoms worse. Keeping a food diary will show you which foods make your symptoms are worse. You will probably find that after improving your diet (to your own specific needs) and balancing your body through the ingredients in the Ulcerative Colitis Kit (Botanicals & Homeopathics) or the Healthy Bowel Support that you will be able to later add in foods that affected you adversely before. Most find that through this combination of diet and balance with the natural products that a vigorous, happy and normal life is not far off!

To start with, you may want to try to avoid:

  • Dairy products
  • Spicy foods
  • Wheat products
  • Gluten products
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, some teas, and soft drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Certain raw fruits and vegetables, especially broccoli, cabbage, apples, and carrots
  • Artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol or mannitol (we recommend Stevia)
  • High-fat foods, such as butter, red meat, avocados, nuts, and anything fried

Some have also found it beneficial to avoid these foods (especially in the beginning):

  • Popcorn
  • Fruit juices
  • Beans
  • Onions

Studies have shown that those with a high intake of animal fat and high cholesterol and/or margarine had a significant increased risk of ulcerative colitis, compared with those who consumed less of these fats. Although these associations do not prove cause-and-effect, reducing oneís intake of animal fats and margarine is a dietary change that generally improves overall health and may possibly assist in alleviating the symptoms of ulcerative colitis as well.

In the beginning, if other raw fruits and vegetables cause you problems, try them steamed or baked. Or, find other fruits and vegetables that donít make your symptoms worse. Remember, as you heal, you can add more of the fruits and vegetables back in to your diet without problems.

Malnutrition is a primary concern for those that suffer from ulcerative colitis. While the Healthy Bowel Support and especially the Ulcerative Colitis Kit helps to combat this issue, adding the Equilib product provides a powerfully unique combination of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, amino acids and plant nutrients designed to provide complete nutritional support, with the added advantage of treating the central nervous system for stress reduction, mental support, anxiety and depression.

The Importance of Exercise

Believe it or not, exercise is not only beneficial for your looks or for heart health. If you want to improve your entire body including the health of your colon, you need to exercise! Regular physical activity helps the bowels to work more efficiently and reduces the pressure in the colon. For optimal overall health, and especially colon health, it is recommended to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes daily. For those just starting their program of colon health recovery, we recommend starting with 3 days a week with a goal of 5 days a week within a month. With everything else you have to do, donít you deserve 30 minutes of time daily that is just for YOU?

The Importance of Water

Increasing your exercise and fiber intake is crucial, but the medical experts have also found that you must increase the amount of fluids (Water) you drink throughout the day. Fiber works most efficiently when it is able to absorb water. Many feel coffee, tea and sodas in large amounts provide the necessary amount of water daily Ė we DO NOT recommend that. Remember, our bodies need plain, clean water. Our recommendation is 2 quarts of PURE WATER daily. Water is the mechanism used to soften the bulky waste found in your colon. If you donít increase your water intake while youíre increasing your fiber consumptions, you could find yourself constipated!

Other tips:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals (every 2-3 hours)
  • Consider adding chia seeds and more vegetables to start along with the botanicals and homeopathics found in our kits.
  • Deliberately drink your water Ė 2 quarts daily!
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats
  • Make sure you get enough Omega Oils (3,6 & 9ís)
  • Exercise at least 3 times weekly and consider supporting your healing with stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi, acupuncture, massage, and biofeedback.