Looking for an ulcerative colitis diet that’s right for you? The key is to find foods that fuel your body with essential nutrients but don’t aggravate your digestive tract.
“Food affects many people with ulcerative colitis, especially during flare-ups, but culprit foods can vary,” says Marc Schwartz, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “If and how food affects colon inflammation is not clearly understood.”
Although food won’t cause or cure ulcerative colitis symptoms, it’s certainly a tool you can use to try to manage your symptoms — and working with your doctor or a nutritionist on menu planning can help. A healthy diet should meet your calorie, protein, and micronutrient needs. Start here.
1Soothe Symptoms With Salmon
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty-acids — it’s good for your heart and your colon. Essential fatty acids are thought to ease inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. That means eating salmon may help counterbalance the inflammation that occurs during an ulcerative colitis flare, says Lisa Cimperman, MS, RDN, LD, a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Albacore tuna, walnuts, flaxseed oil, and ground flaxseed are other good sources of omega-3s.