Exercise


How it works: Improves general health, impacts colonic function, and likely induces deep relaxation which can modify brain gut interactions in IBS patients.

Which symptoms does it help: Any or all IBS symptoms..

How long it takes to see a benefit: 2-4 weeks.

FDA approved: N/A

Dosage: N/A

Special considerations or risks: Amount of physical activity which can prove beneficial to IBS is unclear. May not be practical or even possible in those with physical limitations.

Most common side effects: Generally well tolerated.

Recommendation: ACG suggests exercise for overall symptom improvement in IBS patients. (Recommendation: weak; Quality of Evidence: very low)