Diet and psychological stress have positive and negative effects on ulcerative colitis (UC) exacerbations. Research conducted in regards to diet is summarized and recommendations which have been proven beneficial to avoid UC exacerbations are provided. Research regarding psychological stress in relation to UC exacerbation proves difficult to conduct, but many UC patients and gastroenterologists believe a connection exists between the two; thus, this article discusses research to help other patients with UC to avoid exacerbations and lead a more comfortable life.

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