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IBS New Year’s Resolutions

Make a Fresh Start in Managing Your IBS

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Updated December 28, 2013

IBS New Year’s Resolutions
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Although New Year’s resolutions are often forgotten by the second week of January, you can still be inspired by the turn of the calendar to try a fresh approach toward managing your IBS. Let the optimism inherent in the New Year work to combat any despair or hopelessness that you might experience due to the unpredictability and disruptiveness of your IBS symptoms. As it often takes the combination of a variety of approaches to get things under better control, make it your New Year’s resolution to devise a more pro-active management plan. Here are some ideas:

Try a Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathic remedies are typically plant-based substances that have a long tradition of being used to alleviate suffering. These alternative remedies are generally considered to be safe and are thought to run a lower risk of side-effects than prescription medicine. Just bear in mind that there is often scant scientific evidence as to their effectiveness and that you should get the go-ahead from your doctor before starting anything new.

Tailor your Exercise Routine to Your IBS

Since exercise has effects on the digestive system, it can be a challenge to devise a routine that doesn’t trigger unpleasant symptoms. One option is to think about scheduling your workouts during the time of day when your body is more likely to remain calm and quiet. In other words, if you are more symptomatic in the morning, plan your exercise for later in the day. Working out at home also provides an easier-on-your-body option. The following articles will help you to figure out a way to manage your IBS and get in shape, thus fulfilling the most classic of all New Year’s resolutions.

Eat IBS Healthy

Every New Year’s resolution list talks about the importance of eating healthy. While that is always an admirable goal, it is often not quite so simple with highly reactive intestines. The following articles offer some new strategies for learning how to eat healthy and comfortably:

Learn a New Relaxation Technique

In order to combat the stress response that is a major contributor to IBS symptoms, it is essential that every IBS patient learn to use active relaxation strategies. Make a promise to yourself to spend five minutes twice a day practicing, so that your body learns how to keep itself more loose and relaxed. Different people tend to favor different exercises, so try them all to see which one works best for you.

Try Psychotherapy

Going to see a therapist does not mean that your IBS is all in your head. Therapy is just another way to counter-act the negative effects that stress has on our digestive health. Your therapist doesn’t need to know about IBS to be helpful. It is more important that they practice a type of therapy that has been shown to be effective in reducing IBS symptoms:

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