Crohn’s Disease- Study Offers New Self Help Idea

A study published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows that daily journaling about one’s illness brings improvement.

Someone forwarded to me a photo of an article by Healthcommunities.com . I was unable to locate the article on their website, though it was listed as “Remedy 17.”  Here is the quote about the study done by Boston University:

If you have IBS, a pen and paper may help.  A Boston University study published by American Journal of Gastroenterology finds that symptoms of IBS improve when the patients write about their feelings and experiences with the illness.  People with IBS suffer from chronic stomach discomfort, alternating of diarrhea and constipation and psychological distress.  Much like talks with the therapist, daily writing appears to ease some of the anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings that accompany IBS.  And when people feel better psychologically, they often feel better physically. (1)

A sideline to the idea of journaling, Healthcommunities.com recommends that you pay attention to the following certain foods and beverages which tend to aggravate IBS symptoms–chocolate, milk, soda, fats, caffeine, and large meals.
(1)Healthcommunities.com  Remedy 17

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