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Are you looking after your mental health?

With the current crisis it’s more important than ever to make sure we are looking after our mental health. For people with IBS, stress and anxiety can trigger or exacerbate symptoms so please take time to relax, unwind and do something you enjoy. Here are some ways to look after your mental...

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How to stay calm and manage your IBS well during these difficult times.

For some people with IBS, stress and anxiety may trigger their IBS symptoms. With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, it’s understandable that you may be feeling more stressed and anxious than normal. In this blog post, we explain how to stay calm and manage your IBS well during...

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How keeping a wellness diary can help your IBS.

Are you struggling with IBS? Do you want to better understand your triggers and live well with the condition? The IBS Network’s 12-week

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IBS and mental health

Does your mental health have an impact on your IBS? Does being stressed and anxious trigger a flare up? And, if so, how can you better manage it? In this post for Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May) we explain more. IBS is closely linked with stress and anxiety. It can fluctuate according...

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The Daily Rituals That Help My IBS

This week's guest post is from Jo Coates, who writes all about the challenges of living with IBS on her blog, jocoates.co.uk. She's written a piece specially for The IBS Network all about the little things she does on a daily basis to manage her...

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What are the symptoms of IBS?

When people think of irritable bowel syndrome, they usually assume it only affects the bowel and stomach, but IBS can affect much more than just your gut. The really characteristic symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain and altered bowel habit. For some that might mean constipation, or IBS-C, while...

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Self-Care Week Series: Learning to Love Food Again

When food can send you rushing to the toilet or cause griping abdominal pain, it can be easy to develop a negative relationship. Those with IBS often have to avoid certain triggers, so eating out or cooking can be tricky. But once you have a better understanding of your triggers and are...

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Self-Care Week Series: Managing Stress

While different foods and treatments may work differently depending on your IBS, the one thing everyone with IBS can do to minimise symptoms is to manage stress. The vagus nerve directly connects the gut and the brain. When you’re feeling stressed more messages from the gut reach the brain,...

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Self-Care Week Series: Trying Different IBS Treatments

Treating IBS isn’t as simple as taking a pill; it’s a combination of considering diet, lifestyle and sometimes medication to help control symptoms. What makes it even trickier is that the condition varies so much between individuals; what works for one person might not work for...

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Self-Care Week Series: Trying Different Diets

Some of the most frequent questions we get here at The IBS Network are “What should I eat?”, “Can you send me a list of foods?”. Though they might seem like easy questions, unfortunately there’s not a simple answer. IBS varies so much from person to person that what might be a trigger...

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