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Four Ways to Live Peacefully and Happily with IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS can be a difficult condition for anybody to live with. Not only can it cause abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and other problematic symptoms, but there is no known cure. Fortunately, IBS is also a manageable condition even if it is incurable. With the proper lifestyle changes and treatments, it is entirely possible to live peacefully and happily with irritable bowel syndrome.

As with many chronic conditions, there is no surefire way to treat IBS that will work for everyone. No two people will experience the symptoms of IBS in the same way, which is part of the reason why it can take so long to diagnose the condition. There are a few things that work almost universally, however. With that being said, here are four ways one can manage IBS.

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Avoid Stress

Many of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as constipation and diarrhea can be triggered by stress. Therefore, one of the best ways to manage IBS is to avoid stress. Pay close attention to what situations create the most stress for you and when they trigger symptoms.

Change Your Diet

IBS symptoms can be brought on by certain foods such as dairy, coffee, cabbage, beans and uncooked broccoli. Try to increase your fiber intake as this can help alleviate some symptoms.

Get plenty of exercise

In addition to relieving tension and stress, daily exercise can help regulate your digestive tract. This doesn’t need to be a strenuous exercise regimen; a ten-minute walk or a brisk jog will suffice.

Probiotic Cleanse

A probiotic cleanse is often effective in treating IBS. For most people, this involves taking 10 billion to 100 billion beneficial bacteria each day, although further research on the effectiveness of certain strains is necessary. Your doctor may be able to tell you about an effective probiotic cleanse as well as other digestive enzymes that may be effective in treating your IBS. Some kinds of yogurt are made using probiotics and may be effective in relieving symptoms of IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome is often a very difficult condition to live with, but it is manageable. These are some of the simplest methods of managing IBS, and they are effective for most patients. As always, it is recommended that you consult your physician if you believe that you have IBS. No two cases of this condition are exactly the same, and your physician will be able to provide you with the best advice on managing your particular symptoms.

Kristene Blackham Is a freelance writer and a lover of the outdoors and traveling. She uses her spare time with her husband and cat. Her dream is to travel the world one day and try all the amazing food.

1 Comment

  1. Bill Doult

    April 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

    As Kristene Blackham’s article poins out, IBS is often stress related. For more than 30 years a long series of clinical studies has indicated that hypnotherapy can often provide an effective response. Most of the research papers can be found at – http://www.therapypartnership.com/ibs-papers.htm.

    In the United Kingdom as a result of such studies, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – which recommends treatments for the National Health Service – has for several years included hypnotherapy as an appropriate psychological intervention for the management of for refractory IBS in primary care. (See: http://thetherapypartnership.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/nice-recognition-for-hypnotherapy.html)

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