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  1. When Can Probiotics Help?

    As probiotics have become more popular, researchers continue to study these "good" bacteria. Results show they can help with digestive problems as well as other health problems that range from eczema to children's colds. These natural microbes can be found in foods like yogurt as well as supplements

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  2. The Best Ways to Use Probiotics

    If you’re ready to add probiotics to your diet, you have a lot of options.  Now that more research shows these "good bacteria" may help with digestive issues, you just need to know where to find them. One common source is supplements -- they may be sold as tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids. Loo

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  3. What Are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help ke

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  4. Tips for Everyday Challenges of Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these strategies to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships. Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about th

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  5. A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's

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  6. How to Help Your Doctor Manage Your UC

    The key to control of your ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. That's because of the long-lasting nature of UC. Its symptoms come and go, making it what doctors call a relapse-and-remitting condition. You and your doctor need to communicate well through it all. "UC can b

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  7. Take Control of Ulcerative Colitis Flares

    An important part of your ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment is to calm flares when they happen. But if you keep your disease in check, you may also have fewer symptoms over time. Here are six ways you can work to make flares become rare. Many people with UC stay on low doses of drugs such as 5-ASA,

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  8. Stay Connected When You Have UC

    A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis (UC). But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge when you’re battling diarrhea and other symptoms. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you aren't feeli

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  9. Ulcerative Colitis and Your Job

    When your ulcerative colitis (UC) symptoms go away for a time, your bathroom habits won't draw attention to you at work. It's when flares start that you may feel like all eyes are on you. You might suddenly have to stop what you're doing and run to the bathroom -- a lot. That can be inconvenient if

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  10. Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages

    Does milk upset your stomach? You could be lactose intolerant.  But even if you are, you can probably still enjoy light coffee and creamy desserts without discomfort. Here's how. Dairy products are high in calcium, protein, and other nutrients. You may still be able to get these nutrients from dairy

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