What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition of the digestive system. In Ulcerative Colitis, only the colon and the rectum become inflamed. In severe cases, ulcers form, which may initially be small. Over time, however, the ulcer may enlarge leading to multiple adverse complications.
What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
The usual symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis are:
- Stools with blood, mucus or pus
- Abdominal pain which often becomes worse after consuming meals
- Loss of appetite
- Weigh loss
- Extreme fatigue
What are the causes of Ulcerative Colitis?
Multiple factors seem to contribute to the development of Ulcerative Colitis. These include:
- Genetics- certain individuals have genes that increase their risk of developing this condition
- Disturbance of the gut microflora
- Previous inflammation of the stomach and the intestines
Nutritional management of Ulcerative Colitis
Diet cannot cure Ulcerative Colitis. However, patients with this condition often develop food intolerances. Avoiding these foods help reduce abdominal pain and diarrhoea. However, avoiding certain food groups to reduce symptoms can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
Constipation can worsen the condition and therefore, It is important to relieve constipation Certain supplements, and fibres can help with the constipation.
How Can Our Services Help You?
Our expert group of dieticians can provide you with a nutritious diet that takes into consideration your food intolerances, and helps reduce symptoms of fatigue and weight loss. They can ensure that your diet is nutritionally complete. This is particularly important if you have developed food intolerances due to your condition. They can advise supplements to ensure proper gut function and help with relieving constipation.