Ulcerative colitis, also known as UC, is an inflammatory bowel disease and one type of autoimmune disorders that are prevalent today. It is similar to Crohn’s disease, but UC only affects the colon, not the entire digestive tract. A patient with UC develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce mucous in the digestive tract that lead to nutrient loss due to frequent emptying of the colon. This leads to inflammation and triggers what a UC patient refers to as a flare.
During flare-ups, patients can suffer from abdominal pain, fever, bloody stools, weight loss, and chronic fatigue. This can cause uncomfortable social situations, not to mention struggles with learning how to eat with UC. The first part of the puzzle is to reduce the amount of irritating and inflammatory foods in the diet. These foods may include dairy, meat, cheese, eggs, refined foods, fast foods, processed foods, and any known allergen a patient may have such as wheat, soy, gluten, etc. Some especially fiber-rich foods like beans and bran should also be avoided.
Though some animal-based foods may be eaten by patients with UC, a plant-based diet is also 100 percent possible too. Extremely high fiber foods such as bran, beans and legumes might not be possible, but there are still many options a person can choose from to eat a healthy diet.
Here are some ideas:
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