An estimated 1 in 5 people suffer from a condition known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. Characterized by pain, bloating, cramping, gas, constipation and diarrhea, many digestive disorders mimic the symptoms of IBS so it can be difficult to pin down a diagnosis. The digestive tract naturally contracts to move digested food through to the bowels. In sufferers of IBS, those contractions are uncoordinated and this leads an accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestines. For those diagnosed with IBS, there are three different types. The first group are more prone to constipation, others are more prone to diarrhea and about half are prone to alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
Diet, food intolerances, stress, unbalanced hormones and disruption of the natural bacteria in the gut are all contributing factors to IBS. Common symptoms of the syndrome include. . .
- Gassiness, bloating and swelling of the stomach
- Abdominal stomach pain and cramping
- Change in bowel movements from diarrhea to constipation
- Urgency to go to the bathroom, incontinence, bladder problems
- Low energy and feeling sick
- Feeling of not completely emptying your bowels
- Mucus in the stool
So what can sufferers of IBS do to help bring their system back into balance? The first step in managing digestive health is to work with your doctor on an elimination diet for removing food triggers. Common foods that trigger symptoms are dairy products, red meat, caffeine, sugar and alcohol. A diet that has recently become popular and shown positive results is called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. Foods avoided in this diet contain carbohydrates that are incompletely absorbed in the intestines and are easily fermented by gut bacteria. These undigested sugars cause gas, pain and diarrhea. Avoiding inflammatory foods and regulating digestion with fiber and probiotic rich foods is recommended to those with IBS.
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