Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis Diet

Ulcerative Colitis DietAlright, so you just found out that you have been suffering from ulcerative colitis. Or ulcerative colitis is old news to you, but it’s gotten worse, and now you’ve got to change your diet.  For you new folks, on top of that news you find out that it would be a good idea to change your diet. In fact, changing your diet will be crucial to helping the awful symptoms you have been experiencing.

Either way there’s no way you’ve escaped all of the information circulating regarding your diet and its part of your ulcerative colitis.  There are tons of myths mixed with the facts floating around.  Things like staying away from popcorn if you’re experiencing a flare up, and avoiding dairy products like the plague.  But how in the blue blazes do you separate the wheat from the chaff?  I mean, what the heck is in an ulcerative colitis diet anyways.

Right off the bat let’s get one thing straight. You didn’t get ulcerative colitis from the foods you ate.  Let me put that another way.  Ulcerative colitis was not caused by your diet.  There’s been no evidence, scientific or otherwise, to prove that your diet can cause ulcerative colitis so toss that bit of junk right out of the window.  That being said, changing the way you eat, and tracking what causes flare-ups for you can make life a heck of a lot easier.

The next extremely important thing I need to share with you is… Don’t panic. Millions of people around the world have this disease and have asked this particular question. Unfortunately, everyone is different, and different foods affect each person with this illness. There isn’t one ulcerative colitis diet plan that works for everyone.

In being so, there are a few common foods that play a role in ulcerative colitis. So, we can figure out what you shouldn’t eat. You can then determine what are foods are okay for you to munch on. There are nine main causes of this form of colitis that bring about symptoms:

  • Intolerances to anything with dairy, gluten, and/or fructose
  • Harmful bacteria
  • Damaging bowel chemistry
  • Celiac disease
  • Food allergies
  • Lack of “good” bacteria in colon
  • Low level of enzymes in the digestive tract

To start an ulcerative colitis diet, you must take care of any known food allergies and Celiac disease first. Also, if you are intolerant to dairy products and anything with gluten of fructose they must be taken out of the diet plan. Your symptoms won’t get any better if you are still suffering from any of these variables.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when designing your diet.

  1. Talk to your physician and health professionals.  They’ve helped others and can definitely help you.
  2. Keep a journal of the foods you eat, and the ones that have the greatest effect.
  3. Pay extremely close attention to foods high in fiber, dairy products, and foods that could be the cause of blockage (like pop-corn or nuts).
  4. Try a large number of different foods that are well balanced.  Lean-meats, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains are excellent diet options.
  5. Consume a large amount of fluids.

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