What is Colitis?
Colitis means “inflammation of the colon.” (Any word ending in the suffix itis means inflammation; appendicitis, arthritis, gastritis, diverticulitis, esophagitis, etc) Along with its cousins Crohn’s Disease and (the more advanced form of colitis called) Ulcerative Colitis, colitis is one of the most common inflammatory bowel disorders, commonly referred to as IBDs.
Colitis can occur anywhere along the six feet of our colon which is divided almost equally in length into three distinct sections; the ascending colon on our right side, the transverse colon which crosses right to left across our abdomen a few inches above our navel, and the descending colon on our left side. The last foot or so of our descending colon is called the sigmoid colon. Most of the symptoms related to colitis seem to occur in the sigmoid colon
Like all other digestive disorders, Colitis is completely correctable and easily prevented from future occurrences. If and only if you eliminate the root causes and if and only if you become more proactive (vigilant-mindful) in your own self-care. My book, Healing Digestive Illness will teach you how to do this. If you want specific step by step guidance and detailed personalized instructions contact me directly.
The most common symptoms of Colitis are abdominal pain and loose, frequent, urgent, irregular bowel movements, with or without occasional or chronic diarrhea. Colitis symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or extreme. Other symptoms include:
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- loss of nutrients (due to mal-absorption)
- sinus congestion
- lung congestion
- skin lesions
- joint pain
- mood swings
- growth failure (specifically in children)
Colitis affects the Colon or Large IntestineColitis Causes
As with all other digestive disorders, the root causes of Colitis consist of one or more insulting habits and influences over time in seven key areas: mindfulness (or the lack of) hydration-dehydration, micronutrient deficiencies, macronutrient imbalances, intestinal dysbiosis, oxidative stress and redox molecules deficiencies. A list of contributing causes, all habits, and influences in our diet and lifestyle include:
- poor diet in general
- too many processed foods, not enough whole foods
- chronic unintentional dehydration
- broad spectrum micronutrient deficiencies
- an overgrowth of bad bacteria and other pathological organisms (dysbiosis)
- eating too many acid forming foods
- eating too fast
- not chewing enough
- eating too many cold foods
- drinking cold or iced beverages
- too much negative stress
The remedies for Colitis begin with your willingness to pay attention to and become more mindful of the relationship between what, when, how and how much you eat and the normal functioning of your entire digestive system. Colitis is totally preventable and the remedies are completely within your control by making changes in your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes, with mild cases, it can be as easy as correcting one (bad) insulting habit; like addressing your condition of chronic unintentional dehydration by implementing the steps of the watercure recipe.
Most likely you will need to pay attention to and make corrections in all seven root cause areas to be effective. You will need to get properly hydrated and stay properly hydrated. You will need to slow down at meal times and learn to chew your food completely before swallowing. You will need to address micronutrient deficiencies. You will need to eliminate junk foods. You will need to minimize processed foods and learn to integrate more fiber-rich whole food recipes. You will need to address intestinal dysbiosis and learn about the importance of periodic colon cleansing. You will need to understand the importance of specific organic quality whole food supplements including superfoods, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants. You will need to learn how to restore your “redox potential.” And most importantly you will need to learn how to manage your emotions and all the other stress factors in your life more effectively.
Like all other digestive disorders, Colitis is completely correctable and easily prevented from future occurrences. If and only if you eliminate the root causes and if and only if you become more proactive in your own self-care.
My book, Healing Digestive Illness will teach you how to do all this. If you want specific step by step guidance and detailed personalized instructions contact me directly by phone: 413-536-0275 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated in August, 2017