Living with ulcerative colitis (UC) isn’t easy. A quick trip to the store or an afternoon outing can quickly turn into an ordeal. Here are seven life hacks for you to consider and try alongside your current treatment plan.

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.

Spicy foods can irritate your colon further during a flare-up. Therefore, bland food is better when you’re having a flare.

Beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are hard for your gut to break down, so they can aggravate a flare-up. Greasy foods like bacon and French fries can also trigger flare-ups.

Avoiding carbonated drinks can also be helpful. Staying away from carbonation will limit air and gas in the gut.

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.

Wear your pajamas or workout pants. 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.

Buy a power 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.

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.

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.

Living with UC can be challenging. However, these simple life hacks can make daily life with UC a little easier. Talk to your doctor about other ways to improve and reduce symptoms of UC.