Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) and Nutrition

I have a very good friend at work who’s daughter suffer’s from Ulcerative Colitis (A form of Inflamatory Bowel Disease).  As is often the case when it comes to serious ailments that affect our children, my friend is well on her way to becoming an Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) and Nutrition expert on the topic.

Quite often parents who find themselves in such situations become more knowledgable concerning a particular disease than many doctors.  Passion and intimate concern prompts education about diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis more than most other catalysts in my experience.  My friend is no different and plans on translating the knowledge that she has aquired coupled with her desire to help others into a blog of  her own.  When she is up and running I plan on sharing the name of her blog with all of you.  Her blog will be focused like a laser on relating the day to day trials and tribulations of having a child who suffers from Ulcerative Colitis.  I believe she will be able to provide thousands of parents with information and comfort as they try to understand and cope with the disease.

I do not pretend to understand the issues she must deal with; however, whenever I am presented with information concerning a persons digestive system I feel compelled to comment as it relates to nutrition.  I have done some research and determined that there are some nutritional considerations.  Failing to pay attention to nutrition can have serious implications because symptoms of diarrhea and bleeding can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and loss of essential nutrients. That can lead to a host of problems such as fatigue, weakness, and anemia.  It is generally recommended that a well balanced diet consist of…

  • Foods high in protein
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Whole Grains
  • Good Fats

The research I have read indicates that there is no specific diet for people suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, but the big challenge seems to be avoiding foods that cause distress.  This can require some trial and error when determining what exactly causes a problem for  you or your child; however, there are some foods which seem to be common triggers for distress.  Some of these foods to consider include…

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated Beverages Ulcerative Colitis (IBD) and Nutrition
  • Dairy Products
  • Dried Beans, Peas or Legumes
  • Dried fruits, berries, fruits with pulp or seeds
  • Foods containing sulfur or sulfate
  • Foods high in fiber, including whole-grain products
  • Hot sauce, pepper
  • Meats
  • nuts, crunchy nut butters
  • popcorn
  • products containing sorbitol (sugar-free gum and candies)
  • raw vegetables
  • refined sugar
  • seeds
  • spicy foods, sauces

I am not the expert.  I will defer to my friend when her blog comes available.  In the meantime I offer this brief primer.

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