Living with ulcerative colitis (UC) isn’t easy. A quick trip to the store or an afternoon outing can quickly turn into a nightmare. Take control of your UC with these six life hacks.

1. Sip on bone broth. This nutrient-packed liquid, made from animal bones roasted and simmered with veggies, can boost your immune system and soothe your stomach ailments. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for a quick energy boost.

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2. Ease cramps and intestinal pains by soaking in a warm bath. Turn on some calming tunes, light a fragrant candle, and add a scoopful of Epsom salts to the water to really relax.

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3. Wear your pajamas or workout pants when you have to go to the emergency department. Loose-fitting clothing can help relieve stomach pains. And being comfortable can also help you feel more relaxed, helping you get back to remission sooner.

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4. Buy an inverter for your car and take your heating pad “to-go.” Heat can be a soothing solution to cramps and can reduce flare-up symptoms. And whether you’re just running errands or going on a longer road trip, a heating pad can provide speedy comfort.

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5. Keep a spare set of clothes and extra medication at your office and in your car. Flare-ups are unpredictable, but planning ahead means you’ll always be ready.

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6. Skip the cereal and eat eggs. Eggs are high in protein and iron, which can help fight fatigue after a flare-up. Scrambled, poached, or hardboiled are all excellent, easily digestible, choices.

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