Updated 26 February 2018

Preventing IBS

Healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and may even prevent it developing in the first place.


How can you prevent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

One can’t prevent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, you can take a few practical steps to help prevent flare-ups and/or thwart the progression of the condition.

These include:

• Following a healthy, high-fibre, balanced diet

• Drinking plenty of water

• Exercising regularly (preferably every day)

• Managing your stress levels (take relaxation classes, do yoga, meditate and/or practise mindfulness) 

• Consulting a psychiatrist and/or psychologist if you suffer from anxiety and/or depression

Reviewed by Kim Hofmann, registered dietitian, BSc Medical (Honours) Nutrition and Dietetics, BSc (Honours) Psychology.


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