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What fruits and vegetables are in season?

What fruits and vegetables are in season?

One way to eat a healthier diet and include more fruits and vegetables is to eat what’s seasonally available. There’s a farmer’s market close to the office, so this past week's purchases were a cantaloupe, some basil, a couple of peaches. Time for...
Posted 08/27/2018
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The Importance of Trusting Yourself

The Importance of Trusting Yourself

Studies have shown that the more we take ownership of our condition, the more engaged we are in maintaining behaviors that help us live better.An important factor in having the confidence to take this ownership is self-trust."If something doesn't...
Posted 08/19/2018
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Types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBS causes the large intestine (colon) to be become sensitized and overreactive, resulting in dysfunction. The three main types of IBS are defined by the...
Posted 08/15/2018
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Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Since IBS can cause a wide variety of symptoms, many different classes of drugs are used. Guidelines for irritable bowel syndrome medications are based on the severity of the disease, the type of IBS, tolerance of side effects, the age of the...
Posted 08/15/2018
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – An Overview

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – An Overview

IBS is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) system. In IBS, there is no damage or visible sign of disease in the large intestine, but it does not work properly. IBS can cause diarrhea, constipation, or a mixture of both, along with...
Posted 08/15/2018
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IBS – The Path to Diagnosis

IBS – The Path to Diagnosis

In irritable bowel syndrome, there is no damage or visible sign of disease in the large intestine, but it does not work properly. An accurate understanding of symptoms is one of the most important aspects of diagnosing IBS. It is equally important...
Posted 08/15/2018
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What Causes IBS?

What Causes IBS?

In irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the colon becomes extremely sensitive and reactive. The cause of IBS is unknown. Most researchers believe that IBS is most likely caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychosocial factors. While...
Posted 08/15/2018
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Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although IBS does not cause damage or inflammation, it causes the large intestine (colon) to be oversensitized and reactive. The most common symptoms of...
Posted 08/15/2018
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Patience: Accepting That Control Requires Self-Care

Patience: Accepting That Control Requires Self-Care

"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated at the end of a long line for your prescription at the pharmacy? You're not alone. Patience can feel scarce when you don't...
Posted 08/09/2018
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The Power of Letting Go of What You Can't Control

The Power of Letting Go of What You Can't Control

"Life is too short. I can't control everything in my life. Trying to is exhausting!!" - member of myIBSteam When first faced with an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosis, a common fear is a lack of control over our health. How could our bodies...
Posted 08/06/2018
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