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Ulcerative Colitis

What is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis is one of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) that causes inflammation primarily in the large intestine. Also, Ulcerative Colitis can  lead to the formation of ulcers in the digestive tract, particularly the lining of the colon and the rectum.  Therefore, rendering the patient to suffer from a long-lasting inflammation. Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain, bloating, blood in stool and chronic diarrhea.  The abdominal pain associated with ulcerative colitis is more than a stomach ache.  Depending on the type of ulcerative colitis is where the pain is more severe, meaning there could be pain throughout the entire colon, that is over six feet.  Also, symptoms of ulcerative colitis can come and go.  Flares and remission are the terms used to describe the status of ulcerative colitis.  Symptoms are especially bothersome during a flare, while remission puts the symptoms at bay with little to no discomfort. Researching for a friend or family member?  Whether you are researching your own symptoms of wondering what a friend with ulcerative colitis experiences the symptoms guide has everything you need. Signs of Ulcerative Colitis One of the first signs of ulcerative colitis is a bloody stool.  Above all, seeing blood

By | March 12th, 2017|Categories: IBD, Ulcerative Colitis|0 Comments

Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis There many options for treating Ulcerative Colitis.  They include: medication, surgeries, natural medicines, and diet management. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Treatment for IBD has a wide variety of selections to fit your lifestyle.  After all, the goal is to put the disease into remission.  While there isn’t a known way to cure ulcerative colitis you can relieve symptoms. Medication for Ulcerative Colitis Infections are a common complication of ulcerative colitis.  Antibiotics are taken alone or with other medications many times. Steroids (corticosteroids) are prescribed as Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Prednisone is the most commonly administered steroid for inflammation.  Some patients find relief, while others prefer to stay away because of the long term side effects.  “Moon face” is the most common side effect of Prednisone.  The face takes on a very round and plump face.  Other side effects of steroids include: weight gain, infection, headache, restlessness, and vision problems.  Vision problems include cataracts, glaucoma, and blurred vision.  In most cases, nausea, vomiting, and weight gain with fatigue and dizziness are the most popular side effects. Immunomodulators, are immune modifiers that suppress the body’s natural reactions.  These can be

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Ulcerative Colitis|Tags: , |0 Comments

Candida & IBD

Candida overgrowth Candida overgrowth, especially in the intestine is very common.  Contrary to popular belief, Candida is meant to live in the gut in balance with the other microorganisms.  This fungus is meant to be in the body and helps with absorption.    It is an important part of the bacterial colonies in the in the gut flora and only becomes an issue when the balance is upset.   There are several ways to treat Candida; including anti-candida diets, protocols, and supplements. What is Candida? Candida Albicans is the most common type of yeast overgrowths people deal with. In fact, there are over 20 species of the Candida bacteria.  This advantageous bacteria will outnumber beneficial bacteria in your gut under certain circumstances.  For example, high stress, poor diet, and medications can all upset the gut flora and promote an increase of this pathogen. As you may know, SIBO a common cause of digestive issues  refers to small intestine bacterial overgrowth.  When the immune system is weakened or you have a leaky gut, the Candida byproducts can travel to other parts of your body via bloodstream.   Candida symptoms Sugar cravings One of the first symptoms is a craving for sugar and sweets.  This is one

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Crohn's Disease, Gut flora, IBD, Probiotics|0 Comments

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Diagnosis

Getting Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis  Get the answers you need.   Most complete and trusted resource. What to Expect When Testing for UC Ulcerative Colitis Testing and Diagnosis Testing and Procedures Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, CT Scan, and MRI of the pelvis are standard procedures your doctor may conduct before confirming an Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Diagnosis.  Sometimes colitis can be hard to spot.  More than one may be performed to assess diagnosis and identify what is causing the symptoms Diagnosis Whether you are newly diagnosed, not yet diagnosed and searching for answers, or were  diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis long ago   track your symptoms and flares always.  Your knowledge is your best weapon when your immune system responds by attacking food and healthy cells. Living with Ulcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel Disease IBD is a long term condition.  But did you know that: It is possible to live with ZERO symptoms.   With our tools and resources you can stand a fight against your immune system’s response and WIN.  Keep in mind that with Ulcerative Colitis diet and lifestyle are key factors in achieving remission. Don’t worry or feel embarrassed.  No more excuses.  No more compromises.  Start right here, right now. Ulcerative Colitis  symptoms can be easily mistaken with other illnesses.

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: IBD, Ulcerative Colitis|0 Comments

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis vary depending on the level and location of inflammation.  It is very similar to Crohn’s disease, another inflammatory bowel disease.  Both, are identified by the inflammation caused in the digestive tract.  However, in contrast colitis affects mostly the large intestine.  The symptoms of ulcerative colitis in children and adults are very similar as well. What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can lead to the formation of ulcers in the digestive tract.  Particularly, the lining of the colon and the rectum. As a result, it causes the patient to suffer with  long term inflammation. Since ulcerative colitis is a debilitating disease, it is best to take note of the various symptoms.  If you already suffer of these symptoms the time to change your lifestyle is now.  Placing the digestive tract under so much stress eventually has life threatening consequences.  These include: obstruction abscess proctitis colon cancer What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis? With Ulcerative Colitis being such an uncommon illness doctors will first rule out many other conditions before beginning to test for UC.  This is one of the Irritable Bowel Diseases that is an invisible illness.Many patients do not seek

By | February 5th, 2017|Categories: IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) represent a group of digestive disorders.  These intestinal issues cause a series of symptoms and complications. What is IBD? IBD is the group of inflammatory bowel diseases in which there is chronic inflammation in the digestive tract.  Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are primarily included.   IBD Awareness is inclusive of IBD and other digestive disorders.  The symptoms are diarrhea, bloating, gas, and pain.  Usually, patients will deal with one or more conditions when they have IBD.  In addition, this painful and debilitating disease can involve complications and increase the risk of colon cancer. What is Crohn’s Disease? Crohn’s Disease is inflammation anywhere in the digestive tract.  Basically, anywhere from the opening at the top of your body which is your mouth, to the ending in your bottom. What is Colitis? There are various types of colitis.  Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease of the large intestine. IBS or IBD? IBS is quite similar to IBD.  Some of the symptoms are the same and you can usually follow IBD protocols to relieve IBS.  However, the main difference between IBS and IBD is that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not characterized by chronic inflammation.  So, with an IBS diagnosis

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: IBD|0 Comments

Inflammation Gut Health Connection

Inflammation Gut Health Connection Gut health plays a much larger role in long term health than we can imagine. The inflammation and gut health connection can help explain the problems associated and ways to improve gut health and relieve inflammation. Inflammation in the body may appear as pain in the joints, eyes, and rest of body. Do you know your knee, shoulder, or neck pain all ties back to your digestive health? It is long known that inflammation is the culprit behind most diseases.  Here is a list of disease caused by poor gut health and eventually chronic inflammation. If any of these sound familiar you are dealing with inflammation. migraines depression thyroid issues chronic fatigue chronic pain hormonal imbalance alzheimer’s hepatitis ulcers hypertension dental issues stroke SIBO IBS IBD Hashimoto’s Crohn’s Disease Ulcerative Colitis Arthritis Asthma Heart Disease Autism Cancer Chronic Sinusitis Periodontitis Hemorrhoids Tuberculosis Where does inflammation start? Inflammation starts in the gut. Inflammation is the body’s response to the malabsorption of nutrients due to impaired digestion. This stems from the permeability of your gut lining, (how leaky your gut is).  Intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome is the opportunity for toxins, viruses, yeast, and proteins that belong in the gut to pass through the

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Crohn's Disease, Gut flora, IBD, Leaky-Gut, Ulcerative Colitis|0 Comments

Health foods that are destroying your gut

Health foods that are destroying your gut health You will be shocked to know that most of your go to healthy snacks are actually terrible for your health.  They are harsh on the gastrointestinal tract because they are so difficult to digest.  Breakfast foods, quick snacks or lunches, and your dinners all include most of these “bad” foods. Click edit button to change this text. Click edit button to change this text. Click edit button to change this text

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: IBD|0 Comments

Crohn’s Symptoms

Crohn’s Symptoms Crohn’s symptoms vary depending on the location of the disease, and the severity of the inflammation. How to identify Crohn’s symptoms? Symptoms of Crohn’s disease, believe it or not may be hard to identify.  They range within mild to severe cases of Crohn’s.  For example, the most common symptoms are diarrhea and nausea.  Meanwhile, another common symptom, abdominal pain can indicate anything from a need to treat the disease to something much more serious such a surgery.   Essentially, the symptoms of Crohn’s whether mild or severe, definitely get in the way of daily activities and chores. Since Crohn’s disease can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract the symptoms can be manifested in a variety of forms.  Depending on where you have the disease, you might feel different Crohn’s symptoms.  However, your body can display a symptom of Crohn’s disease somewhere other than the gastrointestinal tract.  For example, yellowing of the eyes, weight loss, poor skin and hair are a few of the extra-intestinal symptoms. Signs of Crohn’s Disease Difficulty focusing/ brain fog Anxiety Low appetite Depression Canker sores Fatigue and low energy Inflammation of the skin, eyes, and joints Bone and joint pain Diarrhea upwards of “regular bowel movement”  If you are

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Crohn's Disease|0 Comments

6 gift ideas for somebody with IBD

6 gift ideas for somebody with IBD If you came to this resource you probably know somebody with IBD that has a celebration coming up. The last thing you want to do is give somebody you love a gift that they won’t like or worse will cause an IBD flare up.  You can use this as a guide for shopping for any occasion or special holiday.  We recommend these items for an easier time shopping and planning.  Gifts for somebody with IBD inflammatory bowel disease can be easy and thoughtful. Gifts for people with Crohn's and Colitis.  Homemade items Gifts for somebody with Crohns or Colitis are a special chance to show you care. Stay away from packaged foods and treats.  Unless you’ve carefully read the label or know for a fact this is an IBD certified safe food for the person you are shopping for, stay away. Usually, Christmas gifts or birthday presents for someone with Crohn’s or Colitis are baskets of  chocolates and other treats.  The refined sugars, flours, and oils set off an alarm in the digestive tract. Although, not all treats are made equally.  Consider making a basket of foods or treats.  You friend will

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: IBD, ibd gift ideas, Uncategorized|0 Comments