Chronic colitis can have some severe symptoms. Ulcerative colitis is the worst with abdominal cramping, diarrhea and bloody stool. The less severe plain colitis will not cause as much problems but when you start to have the abdominal cramping and bloody and watery stool, it is time to see a doctor. The main causes of colitis are indigestion, prolonged constipation, stress, unhealthy diet, medication, and allergies to certain foods. Colitis starts in the lower intestine and, if not treated, works its way upwards. Ulcerative colitis results in open sores in the large intestine and if not treated properly the results can be as bad as frequent watery and bloody stool, fever, nausea and severe weight loss. Often time's people with severe colitis will become malnourished because when having a flare-up it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet. There are ways to ease and treat flare-ups by using healthy home remedies but always remember to see your doctor before the colitis gets too bad because colitis can be fatal.
Eat two to three ripe bananas everyday to help ease colitis symptoms. Bananas are easily digestible because they are bland and smooth. Bananas relieve the colitis symptoms and help promote the healing process.
Eat at least one steamed or boiled apple everyday. Apples are rich in minerals such as iron and phosphate and can be a very effective home remedy to aid in the healing process of Colitis.
Drink a glass of buttermilk or tender coconut water at least once a day. For better results from the buttermilk or coconut water, try drinking two glasses a day of either one. Buttermilk and coconut water can help ease the symptoms of colitis. Coconut water is soothing to the colon.
Mix a bowl of boiled rice with a glass of buttermilk and a ripe banana and eat every day. Rice is low in fiber and soothing for patients suffering from colitis. For those suffering from colitis it is very important to eat a healthy diet. A bowl of boiled rice, buttermilk, and a banana is a good source of nutrition and will help ease symptoms of colitis and aid in the healing process.
Give yourself an enema with lukewarm water. Wait 10 to 20 minutes and then take an enema with 90 to 120 ml. of wheat grass. Retain the wheat grass for 15 minutes. Wheat grass helps detoxify the walls of the colon when used as an enema. Wheat grass can usually be found at any health food store or if the colitis patient cannot find wheat grass in their area they can also be grown at home in earthen pots. Wheat grass is a very effective remedy for diseases and disorders associated with colitis. An enema is a way of putting liquids into the colon and rectum through the anus. Enema's are used for medical purposes and can help cleanse the colon.
Drink plenty of vegetable juice to maintain a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits such as apples, bananas, and papayas. Once you get enough vegetable juice in your system after or during a colitis flare-up, you should start eating steamed vegetables, rice, and cottage cheese. It is very important to eat these kinds of foods during and after a colitis flare-up to make sure you have the nutrients you need. It is very important not to get malnourished or you will suffer considerable unhealthy weight loss. Get complete bed-rest and avoid stress as much as possible.
Avoid citrus juices. Citrus juices can trigger colitis flare-ups. Avoid foods such as white sugar, white bread, white flour, highly seasoned foods, strong tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, and foods cooked in aluminum pans. See a doctor if you have colitis symptoms. Although these home remedies can be used to help ease the symptoms and promote the healing process, colitis can be fatal so it is very important to see a doctor for medical treatment.
Marissa Wilson has been writing articles for various websites since 2008. She attended Buckeye Local High School and plans to expand her education soon.