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Changing Seasons of IBS

Winter, spring, summer or fall, which is the most irritable of all?  Believe it or not, but the temperature can have either a negative or positive impact on your IBS symptoms.  Thus, controlling the climate you live in can be another form of alternative treatment you can try.

For some people, the climate in which they live can play a role in the frequency or severity of their IBS attacks.  This is especially true when it comes to hot and humid weather.  Why does this type of weather seem to have a stronger affect on irritable bowel syndrome?  There are two main reasons:

1. Heat places stress on the body.  When your body is stressed it undergoes changes such as:
• Adrenaline and other chemicals are released
• Heart rate increases
• Excessive sweating
• Metabolism slows
• Muscles tense
• Blood vessels dilate

All of these changes, especially the tensing of your body’s muscles, can trigger an attack of IBS.

2. Air pressure changes that result from humidity upsets the body’s serotonin levels.   This affect may not be so bad if serotonin was evenly dispersed throughout your body, but more than 90% of serotonin resides in the stomach.  Therefore, humidity reduces a person’s level of pain tolerance.  This can make abdominal cramping, pain and overall discomfort more severe than normal.

However, just because heat and humidity appear to be the weather conditions that aggravate IBS symptoms the most, doesn’t mean that other types of weather or extreme temperatures can’t upset your gastrointestinal tract.

For instance, just as extreme heat can put your body under a lot of stress, so can extreme cold.  If you have ever been really cold, then you have felt your body become tense and stiff.  Tense muscles put a lot of strain on your digestive tract and often cause plenty of abdominal discomfort.

In addition, some IBS sufferers find that certain types of non-extreme weather such as rain, fog, cloudy skies, or even sunny days make them feel irritable, depressed and miserable.  These emotions cause psychological stress which can lead to physical stress.

What can you do about IBS symptoms caused by the weather?  There are a few options available to you:

1. Regulate your body temperature – During the months of summer and winter when extreme temperatures of cold, heat and humidity are prominent, make sure your home, car, and work place is properly equipped to deal with these temperatures.  This can be achieved by ensuring you have a working air conditioner and heater. 

Also, don’t forget to bundle up if you are going outside on a cold winter day.  If you will be outside in the heat, be sure to wear breezy and light color clothing, and drink plenty of water!   Finally, whenever possible, avoid going out on extreme temperature days.

2. Psychological stress management –Controlling psychological stress can be a tricky process.  Some people take antidepressants, while others try a more holistic approach of hypnotherapy.  Regardless of your choice, your goal is to find a way to deal with your mental stress in a way that works best for you.

3. Change your address – If you live in a climate that is not conducive to your condition, you should seriously consider moving to a place where the weather will be more complimentary, even if this means moving out of the country you currently live in.  Although this may sound extreme, if moving to a better climate will improve your IBS condition, don’t you think it’s worth it? Chances are if you improve your IBS symptoms, you’ll improve your quality of life. 
If you want to discover other ways to successfully reduce or eliminate your IBS symptoms, please click on the following link for more information: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief Treatments.

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