No. I don't take Boswellia. But if I get another flare up, which I hope I won't, I will add Boswellia to my regiment.
Some of the things I do, I think can help most people. Other things I do are particular to my case.
Things that can help most people:
Fecal transplantation and probiotics can help balance the fecal flora
Anti-inflammatory foods and beverages
Avoiding floods and beverages that are pro-inflammatory
Minimizing taking Colitis medications as much as possible. I know others will disagree, saying the medicines will reduce flaring or will prevent another flare up. However, Colitis medicines harm the body. Anything that harms the body will make it more difficult in the long run to have a healthy and well-balanced body, which is necessary if for health and longevity. I'm not saying to never take Colitis medications, only that we shouldn't be blindly taking them. We really need to weigh the benefits and costs of taking such medicines.
In my particular case:
I know that I have trouble digesting fructose. So I don't eat/drink foods/beverages high in fructose or that contain HFCS.
I did fecal transplantation during my worst flare. It put me into remission immediately.
I will mix the probiotics mixture with warm water and put the mixture up my butt after having any diarrhea, which I haven't gotten for awhile now. Other then that, I take probiotics according to the suggested amount on the bottle. I usually look for probiotics that have more strains, a greater amount, and aren't too expensive. I don't take any particular brand.
I take the following vitamins: a multi-vitamin for women; calcium with vitamin D; B12; glucosamine/chandroitin/MSM; Collegen (possibly good for lose of colon skin); a skin, nails, hair supplement (again for skin); Omega-3, Cranberry supplements (to prevent urinary tract infections), and Resveratrol (helps healing and possibly inflammation). I'm probably forgetting something.
Anti-inflammatory: turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, cinnamon, green/herb teas, oily fish, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, lean poultry, green leafy vegetables, berries, fresh pineapple, soybeans, tofu, soy milk.
Pro-inflammatory: fatty meats, processed meats, dairy, eggs, sugars, artificial sweeteners, nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, peppers).
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)
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