If there is one thing I want to communicate through this blog it is that people with Crohn’s and Colitis are not alone. There are tons of people with an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). In fact, about 1.4 million Americans alone are diagnosed with either Crohn’s or colitis. However, not a lot of us talk about it. We don’t LOOK sick, so it mustn’t be that bad, right? Wrong. I understand the symptoms are not a popular topic of discussion. But try to talk about it. Make jokes if you have to. The more people you tell the larger your support system becomes.
Or…talk to me. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or need to vent, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just when you feel like you’re doing well you have a set back. What do you do to help guide yourself into remission?
Here are some key areas you want to be mindful of when experiencing a flare:
This is the only time your body can recharge. Sleep deprivation prevents your body from warding off infection and building your immune system. Your colon needs rest too. Know how much sleep you need. If you have to go to bed at 8pm and cancel a hot date or put off chores who cares! Take care of your body first.
Water is so essential when you have UC and especially when you’re in a flare. Water to your body is like oil to a car. You gotta get things moving around in your intestine somehow! Keeping hydrated is more important to those who have an IBD. Your colon’s job is to remove water, salt, and other nutrients from the food you eat. If it doesn’t have enough water it could really worsen your flare.
Drink bone broth in the morning instead of coffee. This is packed with nutrients and is very easy to digest. It also gives the colon a rest and allows it to heal while you are still getting all the proper nutrients. Check out my bone broth recipe here.
Keep a journal of your food consumption and bathroom trips. Jot down when you are feeling stressed, drinking less water, not sleeping well, or eating something different. You’ll get to know what things trigger a flare so you can avoid them.
Don’t get cocky.
So you haven’t had a flare up in months. CONGRATS! But don’t get overly confident. You’re feeling good for a reason so don’t try to test things and change your diet. It’s a risk that might not end well.
Get sleep. Drink water. Rest. Breathe. Listen to your gut (pun intended). Most importantly: tell people. Talk about it. The more people you tell the larger your support system becomes. Having a sense of community makes being bloated and pooping blood seem a bit less frightening.
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