“All disease begins in the gut.”- Hippocrates
As quoted by Hippocrates several decades back, it is acknowledged today how accurate he was. A diseased gut can, in essence, take a heavy toll on your overall health.
One such gut illness, called ulcerative colitis (UC) can wreak havoc on your body as it tends to involve nearly every organ system (besides colon) ─ including the liver, skin, joints and muscles, kidneys, eyes, lungs and so on so forth.
The most dreaded complication of a long-standing UC is colorectal cancer.
Given these facts, it is imperative to treat UC in the early stages. Besides various other treatments for UC, probiotics have also shown promising results.
What is UC and How to Recognize that You Might Have UC?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), characterized by diffuse, chronic inflammation (colitis) and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the colon (large intestine).
UC is likely if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
– Diarrhea, often bloody
– Rectal bleeding
– Lower abdominal pain and cramping
– Rectal pain
– Mucus or pussy discharge from rectum
– A constant feeling to evacuate the bowels
– Inability to pass stool despite an urgency
– Weight loss