Staying hydrated in the summer is something that most people struggle with – it can be a hard balance to find the right amount of water to consume when it’s incredibly hot outside every single day. When living with Crohn’s disease, avoiding dehydration is even more important. Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms like diarrhea, and cause painful issues if you’ve had any surgery like a colon resection. To ensure you’re never without water, be sure to invest in a large water bottle that you can keep with you at all times.
Develop an Exercise Routine
Research shows that regular exercise can have a positive effect on Crohn’s symptoms, and can even help prevent painful relapses. This summer, take advantage of the beautiful weather to exercise outdoors in moderation as the rising temperatures allow. If you prefer to exercise inside and avoid exposure to others at a shared exercise studio, try streaming a workout class on Youtube. Everyday health recommends strength training, dancing, pilates and yoga among several other activities that are particularly beneficial to people with Crohn’s disease.
Enjoy the Sunshine Cautiously
Practice smart self-care and always apply sunscreen when you’re going to be outdoors. The majority of those living with Crohn’s disease are on a type of medication that makes them more sensitive to sun exposure. Wearing a hat and sunglasses when spending time outside is recommended too.
While every situation is different for each person, the general consensus is that’s it is recommended for those with Crohn’s disease to continue to exercise extreme caution when socializing in groups. Utilize a park or spacious back yard to spend time with friends and loved ones at a safe distance or try a weekly Facetime group call.
Keep Up with Your Regular Care Plan
During this time of uncertainty, it can seem like avoiding shared healthcare spaces might be a wise decision, but falling off of your prescribed treatment regime can result in an active bowel inflammation that could leave to more complications and surgery. At IVX Health, our care model is intentionally designed to accommodate social distancing with our appointment only model and private suites for all patients.