8 Foods to Fight Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine, colon, and rectum.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

 ― Diarrhea
― Blood in stool
― Cramping
― Fever
― Weight loss

If you have ulcerative colitis, you know firsthand the painful effect that certain foods can have on your body. Some common troublemaking foods include: alcohol, caffeine, fatty meats, raw vegetables, refined sugar, and spicy foods. But just as some foods can trigger a flare-up of ulcerative colitis symptoms, others may actually reduce inflammation and soothe symptoms. A diet plan created with the help of a doctor and a dietician is usually a great first-step for treatment.

Food won’t cause or cure ulcerative colitis, but it can be used to manage the symptoms. Take a look below at the following 8 foods you can eat to help fight ulcerative colitis.

8 Foods to Fight Ulcerative Colitis

  • Salmon  ― The essential fatty acids in salmon will help counterbalance an inflammation flare-up.
  • Cultured Yogurt ― Cultured yogurt contains probiotics, beneficial bacteria necessary for maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
  • Squash  ― The antioxidants Beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C in squash will help repair damage done by inflammation.
  • Egg Whites  ― Rich in B vitamins and a great source of protein, eggs whites are often well tolerated by people with ulcerative colitis and may help reduce inflammation.
  • Honeydew Melon  ― Honeydew melon will help soothe the lining of your colon.
  • Avocados  ― Studies have found that 85% of people with inflammatory bowel disease are malnourished. Avocados are a great source of calories, healthy fat, and protein. They’re also easily digested by the body.
  • Instant Oatmeal  ― Instant oatmeal is more processed than steel cut oatmeal, making it easier to digest for people who have ulcerative colitis.
  • Turkey  ― For a healthy intake of protein, try turkey and other lean meats like skinless poultry and lean pork loin. The unsaturated fat in other meats may trigger a symptom flare-up.

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