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

Digestive Health Monthly - October 2016

As Fall sets in and the temperatures start to drop, we slow down and reflect on our own self care. Practicing active self care is an essential part of the healing process and can help you focus on your own well-being rather than getting caught up in the myriad tasks that demand your attention. Living with a chronic digestive condition is a marathon, not a sprint. This month we are taking a look at strategies for practicing self care and how we can be better caretakers of ourselves.  

Healing from the Inside Out    

Relaxation therapy has been found to be helpful in managing chronic pain, promoting health, and helping people cope with the daily struggles of living with a life-altering illness. 

There are many strategies for attaining the health benefits of relaxation and you should choose one that feels comfortable to you. Click  here for 10 relaxed behaviors to get you started
Personal Relationships:
Getting Support from Your Support System
Family and personal relationships can have an effect on illness and on how well a person feels as he or she lives with a chronic digestive disorder. While loved ones have your best interests at heart, they can unintentionally cause unneeded stress. Be specific about the kinds of support you need and ways they can help.

Click here for more things you can do to get your needs met from your personal relationships.

Are You Getting Enough?

Getting enough good sleep is important for everyone, but it is especially important for those living with chronic disorders such as a functional GI or motility disorder. Lack of quality sleep can impact your digestive symptoms. Conversely, symptoms of GI disorders can also impact the quality of your sleep.

Learn more about sleep and get tips for improving your sleep habits here.
Looking Forward to GERD Awareness Week 

The 17th Annual GERD Awareness Week is Nov. 20-26, 2016. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a very common disorder. Each year during the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people who may be experiencing the symptoms of GERD to consult their physicians and contact us to receive information on the condition.

Learn how you can get involved in GERD Awareness Week  here

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

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