If you feel like your IBS or other gut problems have been getting worse, it’s not your fault.
And you’re not alone.
Actually, a survey of more than 5000 people in 2020 with ‘functional digestive disorders’—meaning IBS or other nonspecific gut issues—found that the pandemic had made gut issues worse.
What seems to be happening is that the pandemic has created new types of stress. Stress has a major effect on gut function, especially in people who already have IBS or other functional gut problems.
So, what can you do?
You can’t often change the situation you are in, but you can seek out ways to handle it better. Here are a few things that can relieve stress and calm your digestion:
- Take a breathing break. Breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, pause, and breathe out for 8 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Get some exercise. Fresh air and movement can do wonders to calm both your nerves and your digestion.
- Eat slowly. Taking the time to chew slowly and eat mindfully gives your body the signal that it is ready to rest and digest.
- Eat/Take High Quality Probiotics, such as:
If you are not eating a healthy, whole foods diet, this can make a big difference too. I have several coaching packages that can help you make the transition to a better way of eating.
Maybe it’s stress reduction. Maybe it’s dietary changes. Maybe it’s supplements.
If you’ve been struggling with gut symptoms that are getting out of control, I’d love to help. Please send me a message or click through to my website to schedule an appointment.