There is a huge amount of information that is available for sufferers to condense about the subject of the most appropriate colitis diet and whether there exists special proven diets that have the potential to improve a suffers health to the point that the disease is cured. So much information, yet how much of it is relevant and required?
There is confusion between what you should eat whilst the symptoms are in remission mode and whether that should all change when a relapse occurs. For a sufferer, when a relapse hits the sole intention is to ensure that you do everything that you can to assist your passage through the relapse and not antagonise it in any way through diet and subsequently further discomfort and prolonged symptoms for yourself. It is for you to experiment here. It is important to try different foods and in differing quantities until you can create a diet that will suit you.
There is no set colitis diet that you must and must not follow. There are some diets that are proclaimed to bring mild symptoms under control within days. It is prudent to approach such claims with an open mind and some caution. You will soon find what will work best for you. It is prudent to seek out what foods create consequences for the bowel activity that could easily be avoided. In contrast, there are foods that are generally accepted to slow down bowel activity or at least not provoke it.
In the depths of a full blown relapse, eating is not really high up the agenda due to the overall feeling of tiredness and discomfort. There will be times where the last thing that you wish to do is eat. It is not that you are not hungry, but because by going to the toilet so much and it is painful to do so, eating would only create more stools to pass, so it would be yet more trips to the toilet and more discomfort to endure. Yet the body requires fuel to fight the relapse. It amazes people how fast someone's weight can fall during a relapse. It does happen and therefore you must be aware of the fact and ensure you at least try and slow down the weight loss.
It is also important to ensure that the body takes on adequate amounts of liquid, particularly during a relapse. The passing of diarrhoea using up a lot of liquid and this has to be replaced. It is not uncommon for those in the midst of a relapse to have experience of some level of dehydration due to insufficient liquid intake. And water is the best for this. There are those who advocate other drinks as supplements etc, but in the end all you need is a regular intake of water.
There is no need to spend hours wading through countless information sources or being attracted by the shiny silver bullets of miracle diets that are being made available. The soundest piece of advice is listen to your own body and seek out the proven experience of others who have the knowledge of their own colitis diet and have used it to reduce their symptoms and ensure their successful coping with daily life with colitis and adapt it for your own circumstances.
By Michael Tasker
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