For many people with ulcerative colitis, a poor diet can trigger a flare up and worsen the condition. When processed foods are cut out of a diet and are replaced with more anti-inflammatory foods, the symptoms may be easier to control. Therefore, it is important to have a set diet and to be aware of all of the foods that can either help control the symptoms or cause a flare up. Keep in mind that changing your diet won’t cure your symptoms but it can help prevent less flare ups in the future.

First off, people with ulcerative colitis should consider adding vegetable juice into their daily diet. Vegetables have incredible anti-inflammatory properties that can be really helpful. You can consume vegetables by either steaming them or turning them into a juice.

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and unsweetened Greek yogurt are also great for the gut. Other foods that are good for reducing inflammation are meats such as chicken, turkey, salmon, mackerel and sardines. Lastly, the herb licorice is also known to help reduce inflammation including conditions such as stomach ulcers.

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