Why I Refuse to Give Up Red Wine (even with IBD)…

Wine, it's called "the nectar of the gods" for a reason!

Wine, it’s called “the nectar of the gods” for a reason!

Happy New Year! I’ve never been big into New Year’s resolutions, which is to say, I make and break and re-make resolutions throughout the whole year. But one resolution I won’t be making any time soon, even whilst struggling to get a handle on this pesky ulcerative colitis, is giving up my red wine. And here’s why: “RADIATION PROTECTION: BROCCOLI AND RED WINE MAY INCREASE SURVIVAL FROM EXPOSURE.”

We IBDers are at increased risk of colon cancer, as we are all probably highly aware by now. And of course, we’re all exposed to many other potential carcinogens on a daily basis. Or, if you’re like me, you already glow in the dark because you’ve had so many x-rays. So sure, steam your broccoli. However, if you can stomach it, pour yourself a nice robust glass of red too. Continue reading