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Delicious holiday treats for people with ulcerative colitis

Posted: December 13 2019

The holidays are fast approaching, which means that there will be plenty of great food available — including dessert, of course. Problem is, if you have ulcerative colitis (UC), you may have more trouble indulging in sweets than people without inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although food doesn’t cause UC, certain foods can aggravate your symptoms. […]

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A restoration ecology perspective on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

The human gut can be considered an ecosystem comprised of a community of microbes and nonliving components.

Chronic diseases are increasingly associated with disruption of this ecosystem. The science of restoration ecology was developed to restore degraded ecosystems, but its principles have not been applied widely to gut medicine, including the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One principle of ecological restoration is that “passive” restoration, which involves removing an ecosystem disturbance, […]

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Let’s talk about ulcerative colitis

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Ulcerative Colitis, Anyway? Ulcerative colitis: Even the name is a mouthful. But let’s break it down. UC is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon (that’s the colitis part) and rectum. That inflammation leads to ulcers (that’s the ulcerative part), or open sores, in the intestinal lining that can bleed […]

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Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 28 2019

What Is Crohn’s Disease, Actually? Before we talk about what Crohn’s disease is, let’s talk about what it isn’t. Because the chronic condition is, well, chronically misunderstood. While Crohn’s tends to conjure images of grimacing on le toilet, it doesn’t just impact the bowels. Crohn’s causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. That means it can […]

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Living with Crohn’s disease: Recognising and managing flares

Posted: November 28 2019

Tracking symptoms helps recognize Crohn’s disease flares early Flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors including changes in diet, new medications, infections and antibiotics, stress, and changes in the underlying disease itself. In some cases a specific trigger can be identified, but in many cases the trigger remains unknown. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease […]

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Recipe: low FODMAP Wontons (Dumplings)

Posted: November 26 2019

Many store bought wontons contain garlic and onion. So why not make your own delicious low FODMAP ones? This recipe is easy however may take some time depending on your skill level… But you can always get friends and family involved to help! Eat them alone or see the serving suggestion below for a low FODMAP […]

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A high-sugar diet rapidly enhances susceptibility to colitis

The aim of this study was to identify the effect of a short-term diet high in sugar on susceptibility to colitis.

Most experimental findings relating to the ‘western diet’ and IBD have focused on high-fat content alone or in combination with high-sugar; thus the isolated effects of dietary refined sugars on enteric microbial composition, luminal milieu, and susceptibility to colitis are not well understood2. Population-based studies have demonstrated an association between intake of refined sugar and […]

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Snack ideas for Crohn’s disease

Posted: November 14 2019

During remission When symptoms are in remission, it is important to eat a nutrient-rich diet, which should include: Fiber: However, high fiber diets are not good for some people with Crohn’s. Protein: Stick with sources of lean protein, such as fish, eggs, nuts, and tofu. Calcium: Choose lactose free products, if dairy is a trigger, […]

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Personal Story

“They told me candies, milkshakes, and pizza were all fine”

Posted: November 14 2019

Scott Lippman was on a vacation with his wife in Central America in 2013 when he suddenly got sick. “We were nervous about it, so we cut the trip short,” says Lippman. Back home in New York, though, he wasn’t getting better. In fact, little by little, he was getting worse. “I was losing weight. […]

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Common mistakes that can make ulcerative colitis worse

Posted: October 22 2019

When you experience an ulcerative colitis flare, it’s easy to assign blame, be it on last night’s spicy dinner or on that extra-large coffee. In actuality, flares are unpredictable — there are no proven triggers or foolproof ways to prevent them. The most important thing to do if you have ulcerative colitis? “Take your medications as prescribed […]

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