Colitis is characterized by the inflammation of the large intenstine or colon. Symptoms can include an ongoing process of alternating between constipation and diarrhea, bloody stools, the constant urge to have a bowel movement (tenesmus), and constant or periodic abnominal pain. Depending on the cause, fever, chills and other effects of inflammation and infection may also occur. Dealing with the effects of colitis can be exhausting and may leave the body feeling drained. Many natural treatments for colitis, primarily focused on your diet, can be used at home to help relieve the bothersome symptoms.
Banana, Coconuts and Apples
Colitis can be naturally treated by eating one or two ripe bananas every day. Bananas are smooth and easy to digest, and their slight laxative quality helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of colitis. Combine with your morning cereal for a tasty way to start your day. Bananas can also be added to smoothies for another alternative.
Drink the water contained inside a coconut once a day to treat colitis naturally. Coconut is known to be beneficial to the lining of the colon.
Eat apples that have been steamed to aid in the treatment of colitis. Apples contain high levels of iron and phosphorus and are also high in pectin, which is aids all digestive problems. Fresh apples are best for natural treatment, but natural applesauce may also be beneficial.
Butter Milk and Yogurt
Another good, natural treatment for colitis is drinking a glass of buttermilk a day. Buttermilk helps to restore the good bacteria in the colon.
Yogurt that contains probiotics, such as the Activa brand, works to restore healthy bacteria in the colon, thus reducing the effects of colonitis.
Rice is a helpful natural treatment for colitis. Rice is very starchy and can be extremely soothing for someone with colitis. It has a low fiber content, so it will not irritate the colon. Make a thick porridge-type mixture of rice and eat along with a glass of buttermilk and a ripe banana; eat this twice a day for symptomatic relief from colitis.
Wheat grass juice can be used as an enema and helps to detoxify the lining of the colon. First, use an enema of lukewarm water, wait 20 minutes and use a wheat grass juice enema. Retain the wheat juice for 15 minutes. This enema is very effective in treating ailments associated with the colon and is helpful with colitis. Wheat grass juice is available at health food stores.
What to Avoid
Avoid eating highly seasoned foods, white sugar, white flour, salty foods, tea and coffee. Also avoid alcoholic beverages. Eliminating these foods from your diet will help ease the symptoms associated with colitis. If you find after trying natural treatments that you are still plagued with colitis, contact your physician for a treatment plan.