Colitis can be an extremely painful condition to live with, especially if it’s accompanied by gas. If you live with it and experience uncomfortable, and embarrassing, flatulence, you can begin to treat your symptoms with an improved diet.
While a poor diet does not necessarily cause colitis, eating healthy and non-irritating foods can do much to improve the condition.
Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease of the large intestine or colon. It’s exact cause has not yet been identified, but experts believe that hereditary factors and abnormal autoimmune reactions contribute to it, ass does diet, in some cases.
What Happens in the Gut of Someone with Colitis?
A person with this disease cannot digest food properly due to an inflamed intestinal tract. When undigested food (food not broken down into very small particles) passes through the digestive tract into the large intestine, it comes into contact with harmless bacteria. The bacteria work to break down the food, but cannot due to the food’s size. As the bacteria works, the body produces gaseous hydrogen and carbon dioxide, which is excreted through the rectum. This gaseous excrement is known as “gas” or “flatulence.”
Gas and Colitis
Healthy bodies produce gas from time to time, but normal gas is typically not foul smelling or abundant. When colitis sufferers pass gas, it is a different type. This gas is directly caused by the body’s inability to properly break down food. A change in dietary habits can help the body break down food and reduce the amount of gas that sufferers experience.
People who suffer from this disease will want to avoid foods that many people find hard to digest and that often lead to gas, including meats (which contains a high amount of sulfate), dairy products, beer, carbonated beverages, and even beans and broccoli.
If you’re unsure if normally healthy fruits and vegetables will give you gas, you can keep a food journal to document your experience with these foods. Remember, colitis sufferers often have nutritional deficiencies due to their inability to digest food. So, even if you find that you cannot eat beans and broccoli, you should seek out other plant-based sources of protein and fiber or even prebiotics to help with digestion.
By adjusting their diets, colitis sufferers can minimize gas and begin to experience comfort, and even healing.