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Colitis and Kombucha

Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that typically causes mild to severe abdominal pain, as well as cramping and diarrhea that may or may not contain blood. The degree to which Ulcerative Colitis affects one suffering from the disease varies from patient to patient, as do the factors that cause flare ups. Experts have yet to conclusively link any specific foods or lifestyles as contributing factors to Ulcerative Colitis contraction, though they believe that the three main factors that play a role in the development of such a disease include genetics, environment and immune system. Though symptoms vary in severity as well as structure from patient to patient, most all suffer the typical cramping, bloat and diarrhea. There is no yet proven cure for Ulcerative Colitis, only things that can be done in an effort to better manage the symptoms of the disease, one of which being the consumption (or lack of consumption) of certain foods. One in particular food said to effectively aid in the uncomfortable and at times painful symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis is Kombucha.

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is beneficial to the digestive tracts of those who suffer from Ulcerative Colitis due to the introduction of healthy bacteria back into the small and large intestines. These intestinal flora will aid the body in releasing harmful toxins; the elimination of such toxins results in a boosted immune system. Every digestive tract is different, and thus for individuals living with Ulcerative Colitis that are suffering with flare ups, Kombucha can be used to effectively reduce the uncomfortable symptoms that come along with the disease flares. Upon the first signs of a digestive upset, the individual can take just a few sips of Kombucha and should begin to feel relief almost immediately, generally speaking. Though relief from symptoms will vary from individual to individual, Kombucha will almost always provide at least minor relief for all.

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