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.
• 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.