Keeping Proctitis at Bay Using Dietary and Nutrition Supplements

Researcher have shown that use of dietary and nutrition supplements can help eradicate as well as keep proctitis at bay.

Proctitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that mainly affects the large intestine’s exterior as well as the rectum lining. Due to the inflammation, the large intestines and rectum may start bleeding, discharging pus or mucus, lead to pain, irritation and soreness, and will makes the victim experience bowel movement quite often. When the inflammation extends beyond the rectal region it is referred to as proctocolitis.

Proctitis which can be acute (short term) or chronic (long-lasting) makes the victim embarrassed especially when around people due to the “need to go” too often or chances of blood, mucus, or pus passing via the rectum and soiling clothing.

CherriesThere are different types of treatments for this condition and the viability of each will depend on whether it is caused by a virus (treated by an antiviral), or bacteria (treated by antibacterial). The doctor /physician will carry out tests to determine its likely cause and the best possible treatment.

Some popular conventional cures include radiation therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs (sulfasalazine, corticosteroids,), antibiotics (Flagyl (metronidazole) or Vancocin (vancomycin), laser, surgery, and argon plasma coagulation among others. All these procedures kill the proctitis-causing microbe that grows and replaces friendly intestinal bacteria.

Though conventional cures have proven to be effective, they also come with some risks of side effects which may be more damaging. For instance, over using antibiotics may lead to the bacteria becoming more resistant to the medication, the immune system may become weak due to prolonged exposure to some drugs, and the cost of treatment especially in case of chronic ailments can be high.

Such are the reasons that inspired some researchers to focus more on finding natural methods which were better and safer. Methods that are currently used include herbal cures, acupuncture, and nutritional supplements.

A report from the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMMC) suggests that using nutrition and dietary supplements is a good alternative to dealing with proctitis and can be availed by most healthcare providers .The treatment may come as a comprehensive solution and will incorporate complementary and alternative therapies (CAM).

It entails consuming natural diet and following a healthy nutrition such as consuming foods, fruits and vegetables that contain lots of antioxidants (cherries, blueberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, squash...). Foods rich in vitamins, magnesium, and calcium such as beans, almonds, dark leafy greens (kale and spinach) are also recommended.