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A nutritional agenda for colon patients

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Colitis is a chronic disease in which the mucous membrane lining the large intestine becomes inflamed, resulting in ulcers, bloody diarrhea, gas, and flatulence, and sometimes constipation, and with this constipation, the colon muscles are forced to double the effort to push the waste out.

The causes of colitis are not known and there are no contributing factors, including:

1-Bad eating habits.

2-Psychological tension.

3-Food allergy.

4-Colitis may also arise from infectious agents such as bacteria (though this type is often associated with the use of antibiotics).

Dietary advice:

1-The most important thing is to keep a daily record of what you eat and then the symptoms you feel. This method enables you to see which foods have worsened your condition or reached improvement.

2-Eat a diet low in carbohydrates and lots of plant protein (grilled fish, chicken, and rooster are excellent sources of animal protein).

3-Eat a lot of vegetables and if you cannot tolerate raw vegetables, you can eat them steamed.

4-Eat a high-fiber diet such as brown rice, oat bran, barley, and some grains, but make sure the grains are well-cooked.

5-Include garlic in your diet as it acts as an antibiotic and helps heal wounds.

6-Eat foods that are grilled or baked in the oven, not fried in oil.

7-Drink plenty of fluids along with water, such as carrot and cabbage juice.

8-Eat cheese made from soybeans instead of other cheeses and yogurt.

9-Eat skimmed yogurt instead of milk if you have lactose intolerance.

What to avoid:

1-Eliminate fats and avoid milk, as fats and oils make diarrhea associated with colitis worse.

2-Avoid soft drinks, spicy foods, and anything containing caffeine, as these substances irritate the colon.

3-Avoid red meat and processed foods.

4-Do does not eat fruits on an empty stomach. Eat them at the end of the meal, and juices after diluting them with water.

5-If you are taking fiber supplements such as pain pills, try to take them apart from other medicines.

6-Some observe that the administration of magnesium from vitamin B6 relaxes the muscles in the intestinal wall and can eliminate the bout of colic.

7-If there is an association between vitamin K deficiency, gastrointestinal disorders, colitis, and its sources of dark green leafy vegetables. It was also found that sulfa drugs lead to the loss of this vitamin.

And finally: My advice to any person suffering from colitis, even if the infection was mild or not active, to go to visit the doctor so he is not exposed to the complications of the disease, as those with this disease are at higher risk of colon cancer than others.


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