How probiotics can help manage colitis symptoms
Probiotics and Colitis
Colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum.
If it has not developed into ulcerative colitis, the disease can often be managed by diet, with the addition of a probiotic supplement.
The best probiotic strains to help with Colitis
Research (referenced below) indicates that multi-strain probiotics are the most effective.
The best strains include Bifidobacterium lactis which helps protect the cells that line the gut from damage caused by inflammation.
People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease have fewer of these bacteria in their gut, compared to healthy people.
Other powerful strains that have a proven positive effect on colitis patients include:
- Bacillus coagulans
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus plantarum
All these are in Microbiotic Plus.
Expect to start with two capsules a day – ie 15 billion – for 15 days.
Probiotics complement other treatments
NOTE: The normal treatment for colitis is via anti-inflammatory prescriptions. A probiotic supplement can be combined with these.
People with ulcerative colitis are advised to avoid or limit the following:
- dairy products
- gassy foods
- high-fat foods
- large meals
It is also best to drink plenty of water.
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