Ease IBS symptoms by managing stress

Illustration (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Illustration (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation in sufferers and can flare up at the most inconvenient times.

As well as food impacting a person’s IBS, stress also plays a part.

“It’s important to avoid stress with IBS as this can have a profound effect on the digestive system,” qualified nutritional therapist Julie Silver told Cover Media.

Avoiding stress is easier said than done though, so Julie has given us the low down on how to stay one step ahead of stressful situations.

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Five stress-busting tips:

  • Before eating, take a couple of deep abdominal breaths to help reduce stress, oxygenate the body and this will also help you to absorb more nutrients from the food.
  • Light a candle and play some relaxing music whilst eating will help to keep you calmer when you eat and reduce stress.
  • Put a drop of relaxing pure essential oil, such as Orange, Bergamot, Chamomile or Frankincense, on a tissue and inhale.
  • Get a good night's sleep by going to bed by 11 pm latest, avoid eating at least three hours before bed and switch off your computer, mobile phone, tablet and TV at least an hour or two before bed if you can.
  • Do some relaxing exercises during the day such as going for a walk in nature, Yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi.
  • Julie also shared a breakfast recipe for congee with apricot tiger nut milk and cinnamon, which is designed especially to aid comfortable digestion for those with IBS.

    “Congee is rice that has been cooked for a long time (usually overnight) with five to six times more water,” she explained. “It is very gentle and fortifying for the digestion making it ideal for digestive issues such as IBS.

    Read more: The surprising reasons behind your bloated tummy

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