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Is exercise good for stress from ulcerative colitis?

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When you work out, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Studies show that exercise can also lower stress and relieve some UC symptoms.

Depending on how severe your condition is, you may need to limit how much and how hard you exercise.

Don't overdo it. Even a moderate 10-minute walk each day counts, and you'll feel better for it.

SOURCES: 

Klecolt-Glaser, J.  , February 2010. Psychosomatic Medicine

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis," "Managing Stress."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Klecolt-Glaser, J.  , February 2010. Psychosomatic Medicine

Alan C. Moss, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; director of translational research, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis," "Managing Stress."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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