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Got Frequent, Bloody Diarrhea? Fiber Can Help

Quick little disclaimer: If you are experiencing uncomfortable bowel movements or blood in your stool (that’s science for “poop”), tell your doctor! It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. You’ll be glad you did 💩. 

Dealing with abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea because of ulcerative colitis is not just painful, it can be pretty scary, too. But there’s no need to worry: Once you’ve spoken with your doctor and been diagnosed, there are simple steps you can take to help alleviate your symptoms—and getting more fiber in your diet could be the easiest one. 

First, what exactly is ulcerative colitis? In short, it’s an inflammatory disease that affects the large intestine. It’s characterized by bloody diarrhea, cramps, and feeling like you have to poop when your intestines are actually already empty. Plus, there’s general symptoms like fatigue, discomfort, loss of appetite, and… well, worrying about having bloody diarrhea. 

Only 3 percent of Americans get an adequate amount of fiber in their diets, much less a high-fiber diet. 

Diet plays a huge role in ulcerative colitis—not only do patients have to replenish their nutrients from having diarrhea, but they have to modify what they eat to benefit the good bacteria in their gut and reduce inflammation. That’s where fiber comes in. A high-fiber diet (up to 30 or 40 grams a day) can help decrease diarrhea and constipation, and help your good gut bacteria get nice and strong so it can function at 100 percent. 💪This can help relieve symptoms of ulcerative colitis, and also prevent it from developing in the first place.

But here’s the thing: Only 3 percent of Americans get an adequate amount of fiber in their diets, much less a high-fiber diet. It’s not exactly an easy thing to do—it’d take 7 cups of blueberries or 15 of those little boxes of raisins to get enough fiber. And you’d have to eat them every single day. No thanks. 🤢 

Fiber supplements, on the other hand, can provide a significant boost to your intake of fiber in a single serving. So if you’re looking for a solution for you ulcerative colitis, a fiber supplement like Bellway may be just the thing to get your system back to normal. As with all supplements, confirm with your doctor that it's right for you before incorporating Bellway into your diet.