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How to manage IBS symptoms : Life Kit  NPR


This is NPR's LIFE KIT. I'm Marielle Segarra. Today, we're going to talk about our stomachs and digestion. And, yeah, it's not the most glamorous topic, but it is a super important one. When you constantly have an upset stomach, it can be hard to focus. You may not want to stray far from home to, say, go on a hike or to a party or on a date. And you may also be afraid to eat a lot of things. But the way our guts feel - well, that's about more than just what we eat. A big part of it is mental. There's a tie to stress. We see this in people with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. More than 25 million Americans have it, and many of those folks say their symptoms got worse during the pandemic. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey has been following this. And after the break, we'll talk to her about it.

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