Diet for Colitis

With colitis, usually an autoimmune condition, the body is reacting to normal substances in the colon as antigens and producing inflammation. The symptoms are often diarrhea or loose stool, abdominal cramping and fatigue.

The cause of colitis is a contentious issue but the are many correlations with dysbiosis (bacterial overgrowth), leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), food sensitivities (IgG), pesticides, food additives and many other heavy metals or environmental toxins. Colitis, being one of the many risk factors for colon cancer, warrants its attention and its addition to the list of concerns in disease nutrition.

Using nutrition to support a diet for colitis is often very individualized. I have seen many people find relief by simply adding more healthy unoxidized fats or just supplementing with a probiotic. Many others have needed a complete overhaul in gastro-intestinal support.

Here are a few basics to consider with a diet for colitis:

  • Food sensitivity testing (common delayed IgG food reactions include wheat (gluten), soy, dairy- both lactose intolerance and casein sensitivity and eggs)
  • Food Elimination Diets (identifying trigger foods)
  • Probiotics
  • Organic Food (minimizing pesticide exposure)
  • Food Combining (keeping protein meals separate grains)
  • The “4R” Program (Removing bacteria, yeast, parasites, etc., Replacing HCL (hydrochloric acid) and other digestive enzymes, Replacing friendly bacteria with probiotics and Repairing damaged tissue with supplements like glutamine and aloe Vera extract)
  • Adding ground flaxseed to support non bloating fiber intake