7 sneaky things that trigger IBS symptoms
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Lack of exercise
Sorry couch potatoes, your sedentary lifestyle may be contributing to your chronic stomach pain. A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology asked a group of IBS sufferers to increase their level of physical activity for 12 weeks and compared them to a control group. The study found that after just 20-60 minutes of physical activity three to five times a week, nearly half (43%) of the participants in the exercise group saw a significant reduction of symptoms, compared to one quarter (26%) of the control group. In addition, three times as many participants in the control group saw an increase in the severity of their symptoms compared to the exercise group, suggesting a causal link between lack of exercise and IBS symptoms.
The fix: Want to get back in shape but unsure of how to start? Try walking!