(HealthDay News) -- Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause diarrhea and inflammation of the large intestine. When it flares, making changes to your diet may help ease symptoms.
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The University of California, San Francisco offers these suggestions:
- Eat foods that are meant to produce smaller and fewer bowel movements (a low-residue diet). Foods to avoid while symptoms flare include fresh produce, prunes and caffeinated drinks.
- Cut back on foods and drinks high in concentrated sugar, including soda, candy and juice.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Eat omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and other fatty fish, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Take a nutritional supplement if needed.
-- Diana Kohnle
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