April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about this common gastrointestinal disorder that affects an estimated 25 to 45 million people in the United States. As summer approaches, it’s important for people with IBS to take extra care to manage their symptoms. Here are some tips for managing IBS symptoms during summer:
Plan Ahead for Meals
Summer activities such as outdoor parties and vacations can be challenging for people with IBS. Plan ahead for meals to ensure you have access to IBS-friendly options. Consider bringing your own food if necessary.
Hot weather can trigger IBS symptoms for some people. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, and caffeine which can exacerbate symptoms.
Staying cool can help manage IBS symptoms during hot weather. Wear loose-fitting clothing, stay in air-conditioned areas, and take cool showers.
Practice Stress-Reduction Techniques
Stress is a common trigger for IBS symptoms. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to manage stress.
Regular exercise can help manage IBS symptoms. Consider outdoor activities such as swimming or walking in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
April is National IBS Awareness Month, and as summer approaches, it’s important for people with IBS to take extra care to manage their symptoms. Plan ahead for meals, stay hydrated, keep cool, practice stress-reduction techniques, and exercise regularly to manage IBS symptoms. And remember, signing up for employee health benefits that cover IBS treatment and management can make a big difference in managing symptoms effectively.
Take Advantage of Employee Health Benefits
It’s important for employers to offer employee health benefits that include coverage for IBS treatment and management. “IBS is a chronic condition, and there is no cure,” says Dr. William Chey, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of Michigan. “But symptoms can be managed through lifestyle changes and medications.” By signing up for employee health benefits that cover IBS treatment and management, employees with IBS can access the care and resources they need to manage their symptoms effectively.
Sources for this article include:
International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders