Digestive Health

Irritable bowel syndrome and a healthy holiday season
With the holiday season we add extra stress, extra meals and extra travel to our routine – all things that don’t mix well when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies show stress, anxiety and IBS tend to co-exist. The main symptoms of IBS are belly pain with constipation and diarrhea, bloating, mucus in stools and a feeling that you have not completely emptied your bowels. Treatment includes making changes in your diet and lifestyle, getting regular exercise and managing your stress. If these changes don’t help on their own, your doctor may prescribe medicines for your symptoms. Click here for details on controlling IBS symptoms with a new diet.
Water keeps your body in balance
More than 50 percent of your body weight is water. So how much do you need to drink every day? CentraCare Health Medical Director of Wellness Janet Handrigan, MD, explains why water is so important to your health and how much you need.
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