It's good to remember that eating stimulates the bowels, even in healthy people. It's just extreme when you have UC! What's coming out is not just what went in, as I first thought when I was young. That's why it helps to know what your triggers are (either by a journal or by food sensitivity testing) to get the gut healthy. Then the urgency will resolve. Make sense?
I've read that ice water also stimulates the bowels, but of course water is always good for you! I drink cool, ice-free water.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
Sept: Mild case of thrush in throat, prescribed antifungal mouthwash.