One of the questions I had right after being diagnosed was about OJ. Can I drink it or not with Ulcerative Colitis?
I always thought that orange juice was not a good thing for me to be drinking for my colitis because it contains so much acid. Truthfully, I don’t even know how OJ compares on the acid scale to other juices. So, I decided not to drink it for quite some time. About a year actually. Prior to being diagnosed, I was drinking OJ all the time, and not thinking twice about it. Minute Maid, Tropicana, whatever type was available.
After changing my diet in August of 2009, I re-introduced orange juice to my daily program. So far, I don’t think my ulcertive colitis is upset in anyway. On an average day, I put some in my morning smoothie, then usually a small glass or two later on in the day/night.
There is one major part of this equation which may be playing a role in everything working, I only buy OJ that is “Not from Concentrate”.
Also, if we run into some fresh oranges that need juicing, we do that too.
Does anyone else enjoy OJ and drink it on a regular basis with your UC?
I’m passionate about Ulcerative Colitis and especially people living with UC, the author of Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy and Cooking For Ulcerative Colitis.
Also, I started the iHaveUC site shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (the whole colon was inflamed back then). It was a very rough start with severe symptoms, and getting bounced from medication to medication sure took its toll on me. Eventually I was talking with the colorectal surgeon at UCSF when I met another UC’er who showed me a different path based on changing the foods I was eating. And of course the rest is history, but, like most UC’ers… there have been quite a few ups and downs and learning lessons along the way. Much of this I’ve opened up about within the pages of the site. But, as there are over 1400 writers on the site now, you can learn about every topic imaginable on iHaveUC.com. Leave a comment, ask a question, take advantage of our past experiences and take care.