Colitis: Diet and Recommended Foods

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There are foods not recommended in periods when colitis is in the acute phase but also foods that can help relieve the intestine and soothe the symptoms

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La colitis o irritable bowel syndrome it is a very common problem, especially in women. The causes of colitis attacks can be different: improper diet, imbalances in the bacterial flora, stress, excessive emotionality or other. It is clear that since it is a pathology affecting the intestinal tract, the first front to work on is undoubtedly that of nutrition.

First of all it must be said that there are some foods not recommended in periods in which colitis is in the acute phase, these are in particular those vegetables that tend to ferment and create intestinal swelling: therefore artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, onion, legumes (unless they are peeled), spices. Even milk and dairy products (with the exception of yogurt) are not recommended because they tend to inflame the intestine and the same goes for sugar, alcohol and coffee which should be very limited if not completely eliminated. Very often wheat and all products made with it also tend to worsen the symptoms of colitis (but can be useful if colitis leads to diarrhea) as well as fried foods.

Now let's move on to generally recommended foods which can help relieve symptoms and inflame the intestines. These are basically simple foods, not very elaborated and lightly seasoned.

Keep in mind though that each subject and each intestine is separate and the foods not recommended as well as those recommended may vary from person to person. Everyone must learn to listen to their body and, perhaps helping themselves by holding a daily diary, understand what foods are that your body knows how to manage better even in case of colitis. It is therefore important to identify one on the basis of direct experience personalized diet to be adopted whenever the need is felt.



 

RECOMMENDED FOODS

 

Barley: a particularly useful cereal in case of colitis is barley because it inflames the intestine and helps to absorb intestinal gas.

Fennel: eaten raw and with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil they are diuretics but above all help to relieve the sense of swelling, a typical symptom of colitis.

Carrots: this vegetable is particularly suitable for all problems involving the stomach and intestines as beta-carotene and other substances present in carrots help the good health of the intestinal mucous membranes and stomach.

Pumpkin: the same goes for carrots, applies to pumpkin, a very digestible and beneficial vegetable, rich in beta-carotene.

Potatoes: these tubers also help in case of colitis since they have an anti-inflammatory action on the gastrointestinal tract and are easily digestible. They can be consumed steamed or in the form of puree, but avoid preparing it with cow's milk.

Mele: among the fruit certainly a place of honor in case of colitis belongs to the apple. Above all, it is the peel that is good for you (to be able to eat it, however, you need to buy organic apples), in fact in it there are various polyphenols useful for the intestine. You can also eat cooked apples, but only if colitis leads to constipation, to be avoided in case of diarrhea.

Pasta and white rice: when you have an attack of colitis the intestine is afraid of the fibers that can contribute to further irritation, so you must avoid whole grains which are very rich in it. As soon as the acute phase has passed, however, it is good to return to a supplementary or semi-integral diet.


Fish: if you are not vegetarian or vegan, you can eat lightly seasoned boiled fish (better if blue fish). This food does not weigh down and does not contribute to intestinal swelling.


Water and herbal teas: It is important to hydrate your body well if you want to relieve the symptoms of colitis. Not only water but also some herbal teas are particularly recommended and can be taken several times during the day. The most used are that of fennel and that of mallow, the first helps to absorb fermentation and intestinal gas, the second burns and soothes the mucous membranes.

Probiotics: It is also important if not essential to associate the right diet with the intake of probiotics, lactic ferments able to restore the right balance in the intestinal flora.

 

 

As regards the natural remedies recommended for colitis you can read HERE and watch the following video.

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