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IBD Nutrition Archive Questions

Below are Allison Maurer’s answers to IBD Nutrition questions
received through the Ask the Expert feature.

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to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a
health problem. Please consult with your physician about your specific health
care concerns.

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Q : 1

In the past year or so I have some intestinal problems. My diet is a very healthy one --I eat fruits, veggies, dairy and protein diets, so I don't understand why I have so many problems. In the past 6 months or so I am fine in the morning and then all of a sudden I get a crampy, gassy feeling in my intestines. This obviously occurs when I do eat something(it can be ANYTHING) but if I don't eat I always feel better but I can't starve myself so I eat and just deal with it. I am currently on probiotics and a digestive enzyme. It doesn't feel like it's working. I feel this way because I rarely go to the bathroom much, so I am usually feeling constipated. Any suggestions? on what can be wrong or what I should do???

I would encourage you to follow up with a gastroenterologist so that they can evaluate your symptoms and determine if you have any digestive disease. You can call 410-328-5780 to make an appointment.

Q : 2

I've had ulcerative colitis since 2003 and was interested in learning more about what I should include in my diet and what I should avoid.

There is no specific diet for individuals with ulcerative colitis. What I typically recommend is to avoid foods that you know give you problems. Some people find it helpful to keep a food diary or a list of foods they cannot tolerate. Hydration is important especially in the setting of diarrhea. A general rule is to aim for at least 8 cups of fluid each day. If you are experiencing excessive diarrhea or abdominal pain, you want to limit or avoid food high in fiber such as whole grains, and higher-fiber fruits and vegetables. Once your symptoms improve, you can return to your normal diet.


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