Welcome to the monthly eNewsletter of the 
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - February 2017

In many countries around the world it is customary during the month of February to reflect on love and the relationships we form. We express our gratitude to those we care most about and celebrate our families, significant others, and friends. But, living with a chronic digestive condition can put considerable strain on how we feel about ourselves, so this month we at IFFGD are offering ideas on things you can do to practice active self-care. 

This Valentine's month, acknowledge your strength and perseverance, and recognize these and other qualities that keep you going.  
Connect with Others 

People with bowel incontinence or another chronic digestive condition may feel isolated from their family, friends, coworkers, and others around them. Connecting with those who also live with the unique challenges of the condition can provide a sense of acceptance and support and empower you to seek treatment and continue your daily living. 

Work Out for Digestive Health  

For many people with reflux disease or GERD, losing just 5 to 10 pounds may help reduce symptoms of heartburn. While losing weight can seem overwhelming, following these 6 easy steps to improve your nutrition and get you moving can help you start to lose weight and reduce your heartburn symptoms. 

Practice Active Self-Care  

In the midst of caring for family, friends, and others, it's important not to lose sight of yourself and your own self-care. Taking time to practice self-care is a critical part of managing symptoms of IBS or another digestive health condition.

Here are some techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. These skills can be called upon to help you keep your focus on your own well-being when it is being pulled in different directions. 
Sleep and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is commonly experienced by individuals with a functional GI or motility disorder. People with chronic pain report sleep as a primary concern. Not getting enough good quality sleep can affect mood, pain sensation, mental agility, and healing. 

If you experience chronic pain, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your sleep routine and get a better night's rest. 
Report of the IFFGD Gp Survey
The Burdens, Concerns, and Quality of Life of Patients with Gastroparesis

We are pleased to share with you results of the IFFGD research survey of people diagnosed with gastroparesis (Gp). The survey broadly describes individuals in the community experiencing Gp from their viewpoint. By addressing the concerns and burdens of those affected by Gp, this survey is intended to help clinicians and researchers better identify treatment priorities and improve patient care.

IFFGD is a nonprofit organization. We rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

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