Improve Colitis Symptoms with a Colitis Diet
Introducing a proper colitis diet to your health can definitely help improve your colitis symptoms. But a healthy colitis diet is only one facet of the “combat colitis” equation. That is because food does not cause colitis. Certain foods can aggravate and cause your colitis to flare-up, but if you were to not eat, your colitis would not go away. This page will educate you on how you can better manage your ulcerative colitis.
Approximately 5 million people around the world suffer with colitis & crohn’s discomfort and pain, and their lives are no doubt affected. Colitis can rob time and freedom from its hosts. But what is the solution to remission?
If your body can tolerate the side-effects, ulcerative colitis can be treated with medication. These include aminosalicylates such as sulfasalazine, corticosteroids (such as Prednisone), immunosuppressive medications such as azathioprine, and biological agents such as infliximab (Remicade).
Biological medicinal treatments like infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), and golimumab (Simponi) are commonly used to treat patients with UC who are no longer responding to corticosteroids.
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Colitis Diet & Tips
- Drink lots of fluid (8 – 10 servings daily) to keep body hydrated and prevent constipation
- Your doctor or your registered dietitian may recommend a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement to replace lost nutrients
- Eat a high fiber diet when IBD is under control. Follow here for a list of high fiber foods. Some patients find cooking and steaming the vegetables more tolerable than eating them raw
- During a flare up, however, limit high fiber foods and follow a low fiber diet or even a low residue diet to give the bowel a rest and minimize symptoms. Click here for a list of low fiber foods.
- Avoid lactose-containing foods such as dairy if you are lactose intolerant. Otherwise, you may use lactase enzymes and lactase pretreated foods. For details, please read Lactose Intolerance Management
- It is very important to continue nourishing your body even during a flare-up. Try small frequent meals. Eating a high protein diet with lean meats, fish and eggs, may help relieve symptoms of IBD. Your registered dietitian may recommend pre-digested nutritional drinks (elemental diet) to give your bowel a rest and replenish lost nutrients so that your body can repair itself
- Limit caffeine, alcohol and sorbitol (a type of sweetener) as these may exacerbate IBD symptoms.
- Limit gas-producing foods such as cabbage-family vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts), dried peas and lentils, onions and chives, peppers and carbonated drinks
- Reduce fat intake if part of the intestines has been surgically removed. High fat foods usually cause diarrhea and gas for this group of patients
- If the ileum (part of the small intestines) has been resected, a Vitamin B12 injection may be required
- Some studies found that fish oil and flax seed oil may be helpful in managing IBD. Some also suggested the role of prebiotics such as psyllium in the healing process. Furthermore, probiotics (live culture) may also be helpful in aiding recovery of the intestines.
Your doctor may prescribe an ulcerative colitis diet similar to the one in this FREE comprehensive colitis diet eBook if you have certain colitis diet concerns, such as after bowel surgery or if you have certain digestive problems, such as inflammation of your intestine (enteritis) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and diverticulitis.
What you’ll gain access to
- Overview of Ulcerative Colitis
- Causes of Ulcerative Colitis
- Signs, Symptoms of UC
- Diagnosis & Complications of UC
- Treatment Options
- Ulcerative Colitis Diet