Last Updated on July 13, 2015 by Ellen Christian
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My father has had problems with his stomach for as long as I can remember. Any family outing that we considered had to have two things: easy access to a bathroom just in case and food that he could eat. As you can imagine, this often limited what we could do. This post has been sponsored.
Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Years ago, the doctor didn’t have a name for the problems he had with his stomach. Today, we know that he has irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a chronic disease that causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Unlike an occasional stomach upset, IBS occurs regularly. It can make enjoying your favorite foods next to impossible. For my father, it meant not enjoying his favorite vegetable dishes.
Imagine how you would feel if a chronic gastro condition limited where you could go and what you could do with your family. Family trips to amusement parks or a day out in the woods going hiking or to the beach were almost never possible for us. Here are some suggestions for managing irritable bowel syndrome:
- Learn to manage your stress. Stress can often make irritable bowel syndrome symptoms worse. Find a method that works for you: deep breathing, meditation, behavior therapy or even hypnosis have been used by some.
- Track your symptoms and triggers. Use a journal to track your symptoms and discover what your triggers are. My father had to be very careful what vegetables he ate.
- Eliminate problem foods. Once you know the foods that trigger your IBS, eliminate them from your diet.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both can cause irritable bowel syndrome to flare up.
- Drink more water. Drinking enough fluids every day can help manage your symptoms. Water can soothe stomach upsets.
- Manage the bacteria in your digestive system. A common cause of IBS is an overgrowth of bacteria in your digestive system. Managing that bacteria with a probiotic can help reduce your symptoms.
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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. VSL#3 is a medical food and must be used under medical supervision.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.