An appropriate diet is the best way to soothe and even eliminate pain caused by inflammation of the mucous membrane of the large intestine, if no particular problem was found after being examined by a doctor.

Keep taking the antispasmodic and clay-based medications prescribed by your doctor, and at the same time make the necessary changes to your diet.

– Your diet should be composed of meat, fish, cooked green vegetables and cheese. Gradually reintroduce fruit, unless you have a problem digesting them.

– Foods which are best suited to this type of diet include:

– milk, dairy products (especially soft cheese)

– lean meat, ham, fish, seafood, eggs (boiled, poached or fried without oil)

– white rice, semolina, biscuits

– cooked green vegetables: string beans, carrots, asparagus, endive, potatoes (steamed).

Avoid cooked vegetables like celery, eggplant, cabbage, cucumber, mushroom and onions.

– Stay away from raw green vegetables and certain fruit (plums, kiwis, melon and green fruit). You can eat small amounts of these foods, once or twice a week.

– Eat fruit that has been made into compote or cooked in other ways. As for dried fruit, stay away from prunes, figs and dates.

– Eat only moderate amounts of sugar and honey.

– Avoid fermented foods: cheese with more than 45% fat content (camembert, gruyere, etc.), as well as beans, lentils and chick peas. Pastry, which is generally composed of very large amounts of white sugar, flour and yeast, can easily start fermenting and cause more pain.

– Avoid cooked fats, processed meats, smoked meat and fish, fried fish and some types of poultry (goose, duck, pheasant).

– Whole grain bread, corn, oats and their derivative products tend to irritate fragile intestines.

– Eliminate starchy foods and dried legumes.

– Eat more rice, pasta and tapioca.

– Drink a lot of liquids: doctors recommend drinking at least one and a half quarts of water a day.

– Eat slowly and calmly, and chew your food well. Don’t rush off after meals, and avoid overeating.

Recommended foods

– almonds

– clay (dissolve a teaspoon of nut- ritional clay in a glass of water)

– artichokes, asparagus, avocados, carrots, cabbage, endive, turnip

– eggs (boiled or poached)

– oranges, peaches

– barley

– dandelion

– soft cheese

– apples, pumpkin

– fruit compote and cooked fruit

– gooseberries

– green beans, tomatoes

– ham

– milk and dairy products

– green vegetables (well cooked)

– steamed potatoes

– grapes

– white rice, semolina, tapioca, biscuits

– yeast

– lettuce

– blackberries

– myrtle

– fish, seafood

– lean meat

Foods to avoid

– wheat starch

– eggplant, cabbage, cucumber

– soft drinks

– peanuts and peanut oil, chestnuts, dates, figs

– celery, mushrooms

– whole flour

– strawberries

– fermented cheeses

– green fruit (kiwi, melon)

– white and red beans, dried legumes (lentils, chick peas)

– onion

– pastry

– plums and prunes

– sausage and other processed and smoked meats

– truffles

Note: Fasting (water-only) can be effective for curing colites. If you decide to fast, make sure you are under medical supervision. Emotional problems can also cause colites – do all you can to eliminate sources of stress.