Don’t suffer in silence: why the best thing you can do for IBS is talk about it

Let’s face it, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not the most glamorous of conditions, and it’s no wonder that so many of us choose to keep our symptoms to ourselves. These symptoms can include abdominal pain and cramping, bloating and swelling, changes to bowel habits and wind, and the pain and embarrassment of coping with this on a daily basis can even lead to depression and anxiety.

April is International IBS Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to take control of your condition, and the first thing you need do to manage your IBS is to start talking about it! It’s very common, with around 20% of UK adults suffering, so you’re really not on your own. The good news is that once you’ve been diagnosed by your doctor and been prescribed suitable medication, there are lots of other things you can do help manage and reduce the symptoms. These lifestyle changes may also help you become generally healthier, so it’s not all bad!

Try to eat regular meals, and take your time when you’re eating. Keep hydrated, with plenty of water and non-caffeinated, non-fizzy drinks. Exercise can help relieve the symptoms, especially if you have abdominal cramping; try to run, walk briskly, cycle or swim for 30 minutes three times a week.

Reducing your stress levels could also help, so you might like to think about learning yoga, t’ai chi or meditation techniques.

Finally, why not give yourself a flying start with colonic hydrotherapy? Regular treatments help manage the build-up of toxins in the colon, and as a fully-trained therapist I can promise your bottom will be in safe hands!

I also run a support group on Facebook, “Getting to the bottom of the matter.” It’s a private group, so you’ll be able to discuss any health niggles or ask any questions in complete confidence, with the support of fellow sufferers.  Just click here to sign up:

Facebook Group: ‘Getting to the bottom of the matter’.

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So if you’re suffering from the symptoms of IBS, remember – don’t suffer in silence! Do get in touch, and you’ll find out just how much support there is to help you.

Helen x