Here is a formal assignment I conducted for your benefit:
Consider the following so that YOU can strengthen your GI tract and recover naturally!
Regardless of the type and intensity of your UC, you must consider the follwing NATURAL products.
Glutamine (the most abundant amino acid): Glutamine is essential for maintaining intestinal structure, metabolic fuel for enterocytes that line the colon and affect cell proliferation.1
N-acetyl glucosamine: Increases the synthesis of the gastric and intestinal mucosa’s protective glycoprotein cover.2
Marshmallow leaf/root: This contains mucilage polysaccharides that soothe and protect mucous membranes from local irritation by creating a protective layer.3-4
Berberine: This possesses antimicrobial effects including antibacterial, antifungal, antimycobacterial and antiprotozoal activity.5
Cabbage: Traditionally called vitamin U, cabbage constituents offer significant protection to the GI tract and thus the body in general. Individuals who consume large amounts of cabbage and other Brassica vegetables have a lower risk of developing stomach. colorectal cancer, and colon deficiency.6-7
Slippery Elm: contains mucilage constituents that are demulcent and emollient. When used internally, slippery elm preparations trigger gentle stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract, leading to mucous secretion that coats and protects the delicate lining of the intestines from ulcers, excess acidity, ingested irritants and toxins. 8
Flax Seed (linseed): Flax Seed oil is a great source of Omega-3 and has a multitude of health benefits. In scientific studies, Flax seed oil has been proven to help fight all sorts of disease's including Ulcerative Colitis.9
We live in a world that is so fast paced and people do not consider the long run outcome of behaviour. Getting better isn't only about the medications, that is one aspect of healing. As a sufferer of Ulcerative Colitis you are aware that stress is a big part of the disease! The following guidelines are from the psychological department of the University of Toronto.
(Remember to search further into these techniques from a reliable database)
Positive coping strategies drastically improve overall health:
Focused breathing/meditation: Reduces anxiety.
Progressive Muscle relaxation: Uses LA build up to relax the body.
Cognitive restructuring: Refutes cognitive distortions.
Visualization and Imagery: Improves mood.
Self hypnosis: Provides self control.
Anger management: Allows for personal observation.
Thought Stopping Procedures: Improves thought patterns.
Stress Inoculation Training: Helps cope with Stress.
Assertiveness Training/Social Skills Training: Involves social health.
Time Management: Reinforces a positive frame of mind.
PS. try using affirmations and understand that you are unique and beautiful, tell yourself:
I can handle this
I accept myself as I am
I am peaceful
I am becoming healthy and strong
Let it be because I am doing the best that I can!
- Good luck with everything, God bless.
1. Medina MA. Glutamine and cancer. J Nutr. 2001;131:2539S-42S.
2. Burton AF, Anderson FH. Decreased incorporation of 14C-glucosamine relative to 3H-N-acetyl glucosamine in the intestinal mucosa of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 1983;78:19-22.
3. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
4. Martindale W. Martindale the Extra Pharmacopoeia. Pharmaceutical Press, 1999.
5. Amin AH, Subbaiah TV, Abbasi KM. Berberine sulfate: antimicrobial activity, bioassay, and mode of action. Can J Microbiol. 1969;15:1067-76.
6. Van Poppel G, Verhoeven DT, Verhagen H, Goldbohm RA. Brassica vegetables and cancer prevention. Epidemiology and mechanisms. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1999;472:159-68.
7. Cheney G (1952). “Vitamin U Therapy of Peptic Ulcer”. California Medicine. 77 (4): 248-252.
8. The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 1999.
9. Sacks GS. Colon Cleansing Report . Ann Pharmacother. 1999;33:348-54.