Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

Ulcerative colitis is one of the nasty IBDs (Inflammatory Bowel Disorders) and is a worse form of the more common colitis. Colitis simply means inflammation in the colon - any 'itis' means inflammation. Therefore, ulcerative colitis means the colon has become inflamed and has ulcers on the lining which can then go deep into the mucosal tissue causing a great deal of pain. Ouch.

 

Out of interest, the other IBDs include Coeliac Disease and Crohn's. See my factsheet on coeliac disease and the lesser known NCGS, non-coeliac gluten sensitivty here. It's one of my specialisms. 

 

I have written quite a lot about IBD over the years - just use the search function on here and it will come up with posts about faecal transplants, Vitamin D treatment and eosinophilic disorders for a start. Get a cup of calming peppermint or chamomile tea and have a browse.

 

For ulcerative colitis, I recently saw this useful post from the esteemed Dr Murray, whom I really rate, where he ends by giving us his general IBD protocol based on research into resveratrol, an important antioxidant known to help calm the ulceration.

 

Resveratrol Shows Beneficial Effects In Ulcerative Colitis

I note he mentions too the importance of allergy in this condition, and clinically, I have rarely seen someone with UC who doesn't have food sensitivities at least to gluten and dairy. Taking those out is really a no-brainer for me if you want to heal. 

 

Zinc, as he includes, is also really important for healing that mucosa. I would use about 40-50mg per day for 2-3 months, adding in copper to balance it if you stay on that level for more than that as high zinc can lower copper. 

 

For inflammation, I usually advise KappArest, which is very good at lowering the inflammatory compounds he discusses - and contains some resveratrol.

 

In fact, actually the core protocol, gut healing and inflammatory protocols with the TrulyGlutenFree diet in my Gluten Plan is essentially what you need.

 

The approach for most IBDs is the same, with a litte tweaking. For UC, I would probably add in the resveratrol as Kapparest and maybe add a little more to come up to the level Dr Murray recommends, and possibly a really good aloe vera which I have seen heal ulcers magnificently. 

 

 

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