Managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) takes practice and discipline, but making a few key changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference in how you feel. Often times a change in your dietary habits, building in time to exercise and managing your stress can pay off big time in the severity and frequency of your symptoms.
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Keep track of your triggers and symptoms and record when you experience any discomfort. Eventually you can start to piece together what makes a difference and what doesn’t when it comes to managing and treating your IBS.
Gastroenterologist Christine Lee, MD, gives nine tips to try for a healthy gut:
With a little time and patience, you can start to identify what strategies help your symptoms and what you can realistically incorporate into your life. If you’re really stumped, a dietitian can provide more direction and tips for fostering a healthy gut.