I go to a Naturopathic doctor, I don't know if that is the same but one thing he did is give me some supplements, licorice root to strengthen colon, etc., but I haven't been very good about taking them. I can see them causes you to be thirsty. Drinking more water has to be good. Sounds like you're feeling better anyway. I'm real happy with his advice overall.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.