The disease known as colitis refers to the inflammation of the lining of the
large intestine. The Colitis may be an acute or chronic membrane inflammation.
Individuals with colitis may experience stomach pains, diarrhea, and other
abdominal disturbances. To understand colitis, one must be know what the colon is all about. The colon is the part of the large intestine extending from the
cecum to the rectum. The colon is largely responsible for maintaining water
balance in the intestine. Another function of the colon is the absorption of
some vitamins such as vitamin K.
When a colon is healthy, stools have enough liquidity to be soft
and pass on the intestines. When the liquidity reaches a high level,
dehydration may occur. A injury on the colon, or instances that necessitate
the removal of the colon, would mean that stools would have have high liquidity
or would be so watery.
In individuals who have colitis, the colon will appear read and swollen when
viewed through a scope exam. The stomach pain is partly caused by the frequent
ejection of stool or diarrhea since the colon cannot absorb water. The result
brought about by the malfunctioning colon may result into the damages on the
lining of the large intestine. With this damage, the release of surface cells
occur with the passage of stools with blood and mucus. The kind of white blood
cells that are in the lining of the intestine determines some reasons of the
inflammation in the intestine itself. An examination of the stool may reveal
the presence of white blood cells. The very fact of the presence of white
blood cells indicate an infection somewhere in the body.
There are some natural remedies that may help in the reduction of inflammation
associated with some forms of colitis, particularly ulcerative colitis.
Colloidal Silver, and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil and flaxseed, are available in
pill form or as enemas.
To reduce the risk of contracting colitis, a balanced diet that focuses on
fiber and protein are important. Protein is especially important since
adequate amounts of protein affects healing and reduces the possibility of
muscle loss. (Note that the intestine if a kind of muscle.) Fiber is broken
down in the colon into short chain fatty acids. The colon uses these short
chain fatty acids as an energy source. Adequate fluid intake also helps in
reducing the risk of contracting the disease.