Zhou et al. (2018) conducted a meta-analysis, bringing together data from 14 different randomized controlled trials studying 683 patients with IBS.
Additionally, Malecki et al. (2018) conducted a randomized controlled trial on 109 females, aged 18-41 years old, who suffered from IBS (according to the standard Rome III criteria defining IBS).
So what did they find?!
The results concluded that low-to-moderate intensity and low impact exercise improved IBS-related symptoms. This includes bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, irregular bowel movements, abdominal pain, and one’s quality of life.
They specifically found that engaging in exercises such as yoga, walking, and Tai Chi can help to reduce IBS-related symptoms and improve quality of life in individuals with gut health disturbances.
So, there you have it! Take it easy, y’all!
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References: Maleki B H, Tartibian B, Mooren F C, FitzGerald LZ, Krüger K, Chehrazi M, Malandish A. Low-to moderate intensity aerobic exercise training modulates irritable bowel syndrome through antioxidative and inflammatory mechanisms in women: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Cytokine. 2018 Feb;102:18-25. Doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2017.12.016. Epub 2017 Dec 21. PMID: 29274540.
Zhou, C., Zhao, E., Li, Y., Jia, Y., & Li, F. (2019). Exercise therapy of patients with irritable bowel syndrome: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Neurogastroenterology and motility: the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society, 31(2), e13461. https://doi.org10.1111/nmo.13461
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