Colitis, or inflammation of the colon, is an annoying, painful condition that can greatly reduce your quality of life. While there is no one prescribed diet for all individuals with colitis, there are a few common food groups that trigger symptoms.
These foods to avoid include alcohol and caffeine.
Some studies have shown that individuals with colitis benefit from a low-FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo, di, monosaccharides and polyols.
Foods that are eliminated on a low-FODMAP diet include lactose (dairy), gluten, beans, and sugar alcohols like sorbitol. You eliminate all of these foods for 4 to 6 weeks, and then slowly add foods back in, noticing when your symptoms return.
Following the low-FODMAP diet is a great way to figure out which foods are triggers for you, and gives you a process to determine which foods are the true cause of your symptoms.
It’s very helpful to go through the FODMAP elimination diet with the help of a trained practitioner, so you can receive guidance on the proper foods and timing of the elimination diet!