Exercise Helps Soothe Irritable Bowels

Exercise might grant relief to people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. A study of more than 100 adults with the disorder found that exercise led to improvements in problems like cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

After three months, 43 percent of the exercisers showed a significant improvement in their symptoms. Even a moderate increase in exercise could be helpful.

Reuters reports:

"About 15 percent of Americans have irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which causes bouts of abdominal cramps, bloating and diarrhea or constipation ... The typical treatment includes diet changes, as well as anti-diarrheal medication and, for constipation, laxatives or fiber supplements. There's also some evidence that behavioral therapy and stress-reduction tactics help some people."

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