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    1. Ulcerative Colitis: Starting a Food Diary

      Diet alone doesn't cause ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), and avoiding certain foods won't cure these conditions. "But following a proper diet can help ease symptoms and promote healing," says David T. Rubin, MD, co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at t

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    2. Heartburn 101

      There was a time when it didn’t take much to set off Sara Perlman-Smith’s heartburn. Spicy foods, alcohol, even a foul mood could send a burning wave rushing up her throat. "I could feel the acid in my esophagus," she recalls. "It was just a consistent burning pain in my chest." Then there was the c

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    3. Travelers' Diarrhea: What You Need to Know

      What do we all need to know about travelers' diarrhea? WebMD asked Emory University professor Phyllis Kozarsky, MD, the CDC's expert travel health consultant. Travelers’ diarrhea is often used as a generic term for any illnesses ranging from an upset tummy to loose stools during or after travel. It

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    4. Protect Against Osteoporosis When You’re Lactose Intolerant

      For millions of Americans suffering from lactose intolerance, dealing with painful bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea is a part of daily life. Lactose intolerance occurs when your body has problems digesting lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The small intestine produces an en

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    5. Seasonal Digestive Distress: 10 Tips for Coping

      End of summer and early fall is a time for barbecue, seaside clambakes, and fair food. And unless we’re careful, we suffer some unpleasant results: stomachaches, nausea, heartburn, and constipation or diarrhea. Outdoor events can trigger digestive problems in a number of ways: Picnic and party food

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    6. Ulcerative Colitis: Avoiding the Temptations of College Life

      If college is the first time that you're living away from home, it's probably also the first time you're completely in charge of managing your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). To keep your ulcerative colitis symptoms at bay, you'll want to live healthily, which can sometimes be at odds with the "ty

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    7. Dating and Relationships With Ulcerative Colitis

      One of the upsides of college: all that new freedom! One of the downsides of college for people with UC: all that freedom! With it come the pressures of dating and the social scene. It’s true that dating and getting into relationships can be more complicated when you have an inflammatory bowel disea

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    8. UC and Pregnancy: Eating Well to Gain the Right Amount of Weight

      Getting the right balance of nutrients is always important when you have ulcerative colitis. But when you're pregnant and have UC, getting a well-balanced diet is absolutely essential to ensure that your baby has enough nutrition to grow and thrive. Gastrointestinal woes can be an everyday occurrenc

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    9. Digestive Problems: 10 Tips for Daily Life

      Diarrhea and other digestive problems are no fun, especially for people who suffer from them often. Such problems can be the result of bacteria in food, infection, stress, certain medications, or chronic medical conditions such as colitis, Crohn’s disease, and IBS. But no matter the cause, anyone wh

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    10. Nighttime Heartburn: 12 Sleep Tips

      Nighttime heartburn affects four out of five people who suffer regular heartburn and acid reflux. The discomfort and bitter taste can make sleep uncomfortable, even elusive. While over-the-counter and prescription drugs can treat symptoms once you have heartburn, "the cornerstone of treatment for an

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