Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are classified as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which causes inflammation of the digestive tract, that often leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition.

Crohn’s: The inflammation caused by Crohn’s can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. While there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, some therapies can reduce the symptoms of the inflammation. 

Ulcerative Colitis: The inflammation caused by Ulcerative Colitis (UC) involves inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly. 

Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. These diseases have no known cure, however, with treatment, many people with Crohn’s and UC can function well. 

Staying Hydrated

One common risk factor shared by Crohn’s and UC patients is becoming dehydrated due to the nature of the illness. Dehydration is more serious than it sounds – especially in someone who is already battling IBD.  If you’re a Crohn’s or UC patient, and you are in the middle of a flare-up, you already feel pretty bad. You’re probably having abdominal pain, feeling nauseous, and running to the bathroom every half hour; not to mention the fact that this makes you exhausted and probably a little scared too. You should get hydrated as soon as you can. 

We become dehydrated when our bodies are depleted of water. This can happen through a combination of causes, such as not drinking enough water or fluids, or losing too much body fluid (for example through vomiting or diarrhea). You may be surprised at how much better you will feel by simply giving your body the needed fluids and nutrients that it has lost during one of your flare-ups. 

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