Can exercise help with IBS? Yes, explains a gastroenterologist

The importance of gut health has been well-documented lately, and rightly so: it can impact our health, mood and activity levels.

Yet, there’s so many people who are currently struggling with poor gut health. Two in 10 people in the UK suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, according to Bupa, which is the name given to long-term discomfort of the abdomen coupled with changes in bowel movements.

IBS is usually something you’ll have to manage throughout your life, but there are some lifestyle factors you can implement to control flare ups. According to the NHS, these include limiting caffeine and alcohol, reducing stress and exercising regularly.

If you’re in the midst of a stomach clenching attack, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. So what should you do to help? We asked the expert on this topic, gastroenterologist Professor Dame Parveen Kumar.

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