IBS is a painful condition at the best of times. There is something about winter that just seems to make it even worse. With the colder weather upon us and pain from IBS causing more discomfort, it can seem hard to cope.
Thankfully there are several easy to implement ways in which you can help IBS flare-ups during winter. Things don’t have to be such a hard challenge when you bear just a few things in mind.
Firstly, think about your stress levels. IBS can sometimes get worse with stress. Winter is a busy time for everyone, and whilst it is difficult to stay completely stress-free, there are ways to reduce the stress in your life. This will have a positive effect on your irritable bowel syndrome.
Taking some time out to just gather your thoughts and giving yourself the opportunity for a few short breaks in-between tasks can make all of the difference. Slow down and remember to take care of your body.
Food is in abundance in the winter. With thanksgiving and New Year’s celebrations, it can be hard to eat right.
Healthy eating plans such as Cam Wellness Institute can offer some information on how to be healthier and lose weight.
The key things to look for are your IBS triggers. If you have a low tolerance to alcohol, then you should consider limiting your intake over the winter months. This may seem like a big challenge with all of the festive parties that will be taking place, but it is possible.
Replacing some drinks with a healthier alternative will also make you feel less bloated and sluggish throughout the winter.
Drinking more water is a great way to give your body a boost. It can be tempting to reach for the coffee or a sugary drink when it is cold and miserable outside, but your body will thank you if you resist. Try sweetening drinks with a little drop of honey and a slice of lemon for a refreshing winter warmer.
Some fatty or greasy foods can aggravate IBS so making sure that you cook healthy, home-cooked meals on a regular basis is important. Try doing some of the food prep in advance to make things easier for yourself. This way, everything is on-hand when you are ready to cook your meal.
The weather will soon turn colder and frosty, and the snow has already started to make an unwelcome appearance for some areas of the world. When this happens, all we want to do is curl up under a blanket and take a day off work.
The idea of relaxing with a good book might well be appealing, but try to go out for some gentle exercise first. This way you are giving your body some fresh air and keeping your muscles from tensing up. Gentle activities like walking can often help an IBS flare up.
Keeping your spirits up and focusing on the positives is important at this time of year. If you are struggling then you can always consult your medical practitioner who will offer even more advice.