Keep stress under control
Stress is also a possible trigger of IBD. While stress in itself doesn’t cause flare-ups, it can trigger them.
The best way to deal with stress would be to take a break, especially if you’ve been working too hard. Having a hobby to take your mind off things, or practicing meditation and mindfulness can also help with keeping your stress levels in check.
If you feel that you’re unable to do it on your own, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. There’s nothing wrong with going to therapy for stress, and it can only improve your quality of life, not to mention lower your risk for IBD flare-ups.
Lastly, if you’re a smoker, it would be best to quit as soon as possible. Smoking can increase a person’s risk of Crohn’s disease, and it also increases the risk of flare-ups.
Aside from this, smoking is a known risk factor for illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.
If you find it difficult, don’t lose hope. Most people are unable to quit cold turkey. Take it slow, and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your friends and loved ones if you’re trying to quit.
When it comes to inflammatory bowel disease prevention, determining the cause of your condition and triggers can help in developing a more appropriate treatment plan for you. Consult your doctor regarding lifestyle changes, therapies, and medication that can be taken to improve your digestive health and overall quality of life.
Learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease here.