COVID-19 Coronavirus, World Stress & IBS

We are living in perilous times, and that is definitely not helpful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is an ongoing page of resources to get you through the coronavirus pandemic while managing IBS. Hang in there.

Research

Plant-based and pescatarian (fish) diets may lower odds for severe COVID. (Good news as this fits perfectly with eating safely for IBS.)

Study finds COVID-19 vaccines safe for IBD patients.

Gut upsets last for months after COVID. Diarrhea and other GI complaints are among the hallmark non-respiratory symptoms of COVID-19.

Some people with IBS see a silver lining in lockdown, with stay-at-home orders tied to less external stress, easing gut-brain symptoms.

IBS constipation symptoms worsened during COVID-19.

If you take infliximab for inflammatory bowel disease do not assume you are protected after a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as a large-scale study found many had poor antibody responses.

Early research is showing women tend to have stronger side effects to COVID-19 vaccines than men.

How COVID-19 could impact Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

The gut microbiome may be linked to COVID-19 severity.

COVID-19 has a clear affinity for the digestive system, and GI manifestations may be a red flag for more severe disease and worse outcomes.

Benefit of COVID-19 vaccine outweighs risks in IBD patients.

Post-viral fatigue is a complex medical condition characterized by long-term symptoms that may include Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

How your intestines may affect the severity of Covid-19.

IBD and COVID-19: Who Is at Risk?

Stress

Managing Stress & IBS

Need a kind community that understands what you're going through? Come join our private IBS Facebook Group.

Do Some Easy Yoga Poses and Just Breathe

Isolation Communication. This is a Twitter idea for older people living alone. Get 3 colored pieces of paper for a window where neighbors can see them. Post green for I'm OK, yellow for I need help with an errand, and red for emergency.

Don't hold it all in. Find someone, anyone, to talk to about how you're doing and let it all out. I talk to the dog if there's no one else around. He listens.

Open the doors, the windows, step outside if possible, and breathe deeply. Smell the fresh air, admire the blooming flowers and trees, listen to the bird song, feel the sun or breeze on your face. Focus on nothing but nature around you, even if just for a minute.

Take a nap.

Diet

Quickly Break the Cycle of IBS Attacks with White Rice & Peppermint Tea

Keep Extra Copies of the IBS Diet Cheat Sheet on Hand

Safe Snacks for IBS

Grocery List of Most Important IBS Staples - Your Soluble Fiber Safe Foods

Asian markets, Indian Markets, Mediterranean markets may have a better stock of staples such as rice, noodles, flours, canned fish, dried beans and lentils, non dairy milks, herbs and spices, and more. They're often cheaper than mainstream grocery stores as well.

Better to have just a few bites of your healthy insoluble fiber caution foods than none at all. And better to have just a few bites than too much, thus triggering an attack.

Too tired or stressed to cook? Have breakfast for dinner. A bowl of rice, corn, or oat cereal with a non dairy milk is safe, reliable, and easy.

Pantry Staple Recipes & Simple Comfort Food for Staying at Home

My Gramma's Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Cinnamon Zucchini Bread

Cantonese Jok (Rice Porridge Soup)

Cranberry Sage Stuffing

Traditional Tuna Melt Sandwiches

Poached Mango Chicken and Rice

Simple Blender Smoothies: Cocoa Banana or Peachy Keen or Strawberry Banana or Passionate Mango or Wild Berry

Honey Snack Mix

Dreamy Lemon Rice Pudding

Family Tuna Casserole


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