Ways to Manage Your IBS-D

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It might have a funny name, but IBS is no laughing matter. For some people with IBS, one of the problems is diarrhea. The sudden urge to go can be painful and embarrassing.

Lots of things can affect your IBS-D, but there's a lot to about it too, from changing what you eat to controlling your stress. Keeping a food diary is a great way to find out what trigger foods you should avoid. Some of the worst offenders are dairy products, veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, and spicy foods. Too much fiber can cause trouble too, but it's important. So figure out what fruits, veggies, and whole grains work best for you. Your digestive system may do better by eating smaller meals more often throughout the day.

And don't let anxiety and stress your IBS-D worse. Make sure you exercise, get a good night's sleep, and take some time to relax with deep breathing, massage, or meditation. If lifestyle and diet changes aren't enough, there are medications that can help. Just ask your doctor which one might be right for you.

While there's no known cure for IBS-D, it doesn't have to define your life. Just know it may take some time to find the right balance and keep things under control.