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How to Handle IBS and Other Digestive Issues During the Holidays  The New York Times

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Indulging during the “most wonderful time of the year” can worsen symptoms, but experts have tips for navigating the season.

Harrison Kefford is finally looking forward to the holidays again. After having his colon removed in February, he can’t wait to eat his grandmother’s fudge and pile his plate high with something other than plain turkey. Maybe he’ll even enjoy some gravy with his meal.

Mr. Kefford, a 28-year-old pizza delivery driver and TikTok creator who lives in Melbourne, Australia, has Crohn’s disease, a condition that often caused him sharp gut pain, nausea and loss of appetite for days on end. He is one of more than 6 million people worldwidediagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (I.B.D.), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. About 11 percent of the global population deals with a more broadly defined gastrointestinal condition known as irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), which has a wide range of causes and includes symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

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