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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)

What other lifestyle changes help soothe IBS symptoms?

In addition to dietary changes, there are some healthy habits that may also help reduce IBS symptoms.

  • Maintain good physical fitness to improve bowel function and help reduce stress.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stop smoking for overall good health.
  • Avoid coffee/caffeine and chewing gum.
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption may help.
  • Stress management can help prevent or ease IBS symptoms.
    • Use relaxation techniques: deep breathing, visualization, Yoga
    • Do things you find enjoyable: talk to friends, read, listen to music
    • Gut-directed hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety
    • Biofeedback teaches you to recognize your body's responses to stress and you can learn to slow your heart rate and relax.
  • Pain management techniques can improve tolerance to pain
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy with trained counselors
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/15/2016
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