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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month!

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month!

 

Did you know that 10-20% of people will experience symptoms of IBS at some point in their lives but many people don't actually seek any help or advice?

 

It's not always easy to talk about, but IBS is much more common than you think. It can be painful, unpredictable, embarrassing and emotionally challenging, impacting on everyday life and wellbeing.

 

It's not known what causes it and it's not the same for everyone but symptoms can include:

 

  • abdominal pain
  • constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • abdominal bloating
  • excessive wind.

 

Understanding and managing your symptoms can make a real difference to your quality of life!

 

You can help to manage/relieve symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes which can improve your sense of wellbeing. Try to: 

 

  • eat regular meals and definitely make sure you have breakfast – it's the most important meal of the day!

 

  • sit down to eat and chew your food well

 

  • lower the amount of alcohol and fizzy drinks and stay hydrated

 

  • incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily life – you could try meditation, yoga or tai chi for example

 

  • take regular exercise - it keeps things moving and keeps bloating from worsening

 

  • take breaks from sitting to stretch your legs and stomach

 

  • reduce the impact of IBS has on you getting your sleep – get yourself into a routine which involves relaxing before bed and try to avoid caffeine for at least four hours before sleep.

 

If you would like support to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle including tai chi sessions, healthy cookery classes, relaxation techniques, healthy walks, running groups and much, much more then contact 0151 630 8383 and ask about our Community Programme or visit our stall at Birkenhead Market, Tate Aisle.

 

Where can I find out more about IBS?

 

The NHS Choices website has a wealth of health information to help you understand about the causes, symptoms and treatments of IBS. Visit www.nhs.uk

 

Where can I get help to learn techniques for relaxing?

 

Contact 0151 630 8383 and ask about our Health Trainers and Community Programme!

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:26

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