Diaphramatic breathing for IBS

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 7 to 21% of the general population and is a chronic condition. The symptoms usually include abdominal cramping, discomfort or pain, bloating, loose or frequent stools and constipation, and can significantly reduce the quality of life. Studies have shown that the diaphragmatic breathing AKA Abdominal breathing can reduce the symptoms of IBS, by activating our para-sympathetic system and triggering whats often referred to as our rest and digest response. Diaphragmatic breathing can be practised morning and evening to receive IBS.

What You'll Need

  • lungs

What You'll Do

  • Lying down, place both hands on your tummy, covering your belly button
  • Breath in slow and deep, imagine there is a balloon inside your belly and you open and expand. The breath should lift your hands covering your belly button
  • Completely relax as you exhale, letting the balloon deflate, as your belly and lower down.
  • Repeat for 30 Breaths

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also practice this before you eat a meal. This will encourage your body to move into digestion mode :)
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