IBS

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.

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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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