As we wrap up 2015 I was given the amazing the opportunity to highlight some of my favorite pieces on Digestive Health. Included below are some of the articles you just shouldn’t miss So, if you haven’t gotten a chance to read them- check them out. If you have already read and loved these posts share them on social media- you never know who might need the information and support in their own journey with digestive disease.
Ulcerative Colitis and Finding Support
A strong support system is key in developing the coping skills needed to deal with IBD. This article by Dr. Constance Pietrzak has tons of ideas and methods to develop your own support system within the IBD community. Her common sense approach and timely warnings about social media make her post a must read!
How Biologics Can Help Your Colitis Over Time
Biologics are one of the key medications in the arsenal against IBD. The longer they are used in treating IBD the more we learn about how they work over time. In this article, my aim was to educate you on exactly how these medications can help and give you some information to discuss with your own physician.
In this wonderful post by Elizabeth Roberts she explains what the gut microbiome is and gives 10 steps to help improve your own microbiome. The issue of having the right healthy gut bacteria has been found to play an even greater role IBD than previously thought. Check out her tips to keep your own microbiome functioning at an optimal level.
An elimination diet is often key in determining if there are any foods contributing to or exacerbating your IBD symptoms. Tracy Davenport does an amazing job of explaining the diet and why you may what to try it yourself.
If you have IBD and are still smoking this article will give you even more reasons to quit. In addition to educating you about why to quit, there are several suggestions for smoking cessation tools. Use one at a time or a combination- and kick the butts for good!
Check out the story of Brian Greenberg’s Half-Ironman as told by Erica Sanderson. This inspirational post shows that even with IBD, you can accomplish huge goals if you put your mind to it. Greenberg’s perseverance, enthusiasm and common sense tips will encourage you to get out there and cross your own finish line.
It was nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite articles of 2015 because there are so many other amazing pieces from this past year. Stay tuned for even more educational, practical and uplifting content from our Digestive Health page.
_Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics as well as graduate work in public health and nutrition. She has worked with families dealing with digestive disease, asthma and food allergies for the past 12 years. Jennifer also serves the Board of Directors for Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER). _
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Jennifer Rackley is a nutritionist and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.