Probiotics and Ulcerative Colitis
It is extremely important that you take probiotics if you are having Ulcerative Colitis symptoms. These are the good bacteria your colon needs to help heal itself and keep everything in balance. Here is a good site to reference on the different kinds of probiotics: http://www.enzymestuff.com/probiotics.htm
Your doctor may be one who does not understand the importance of taking a good probiotic. Most understand the importance nowadays. They may recommend Yogurt. Though yogurt is good when they contain live organisms it does contain a lot of unneeded sugar. Become educated on probiotics and remember that you are the one ultimately responsible for your own good health.
Probiotics may also ward off C-Diff a deadly bad bacteria that can take over the colon after the use of antibiotics.
There are many probiotics on the market. My son has taken VSL#3, Primal Defense, Pearls, and Natren’s Healthy Trinity and Ultimate. You can also get different kinds of live probiotics from yogurt. On the whole Ultimate has worked the best for him.
There has been some discussion as to whether taking a probiotic while you have open wounds in the colon and are bleeding is a good idea or not. Some believe that these good bacteria can get into the wounds and leak into the body from the leaky gut. From the studies I have read you can and should take them during a flare to help ward off the bad bacteria getting into the body through the holes in the colon mucosal layer. The body knows that these are good bacteria. The colon also uses the good bacteria to form a barrier along the mucus layer to keep the bad bacteria out of the there. Do your research and make your own decisions.
Probiotics for Adults
Here are some good sites of studies that show that probiotics are not only beneficial but essential to colon health. In the studies you will notice that they talk about mice and rats. Mice and rats have colons that are almost identical to humans.
Preventative effects of a probiotic, Lactobacillus salivarius ssp. salivarius, in the TNBS model of rat colitis
Lactobacillus fermentum, a probiotic capable to release glutathione, prevents colonic inflammation in the TNBS model of rat colitis.