Do you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, irregular bowel movements, abdominal bloating, urgency in going to the toilet, and fatigue? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) might be to blame
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common and chronic disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Its cause is not yet known exactly, but a variety of factors such as abnormalities in the gastrointestinal nervous system may play role.
Although some people may need medication, others may be able to manage the chronic condition by adapting their diet and lifestyle according to their doctor’s advice.
If you suspect that you have IBS, it is important to consult a doctor for diagnosis, treatment, and to avoid possible complications from problems such as chronic diarrhea.
What factors trigger or worsen IBS symptoms?
- Stress and anxiety
- Certain foods and drinks (e.g. Chocolate, spices, fats, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, carbonated beverages, and of course alcohol)
- Other illnesses (e.g. Excessive bacterial growth in the intestine, or acute incidents of diarrhea)
How can the symptoms of IBS be elevated?
The following advice can comfort the symptoms of IBS:
- Avoid excess eating of beans, chocolate, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and sugar free sweeteners.
- Eat more fiber; Though dietary fiber may ease some gastrointestinal symptoms, yet it can also make other symptoms worse like “cramps”. Therefore, to minimize potential problems, gradually include more fiber into your diet over a few months or weeks.
- Manage your stress and anxiety; Relaxation exercises may help you get your stress under control, for instance, when feeling anxious, inhale deeply and hold your breath for 5 seconds before exhaling (you can repeat this exercise three or four times).
- Drink more water.
- Try to drink less coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks.