How does your diet affect irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common condition which can cause episodes of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation 꽃보다 청춘 위너 다운로드. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, it’s thought that much of the problem is due to a highly sensitive gastro-intestinal system. Stress, certain foods (such as caffeine, spicy foods and red meat), insufficient water intake and inactivity all seem to contribute to episodes.

Although the symptoms of IBS are uncomfortable, the condition doesn’t pose a serious health threat, and while there is no cure for IBS there are a number of medications available which help ease symptoms. For the most part though, changes to your diet and lifestyle are key.

Which foods aggravate the digestive system?
Fatty, fried and spicy foods, and alcohol and caffeinated drinks are common culprits. “Gas” causing foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, onions and bread which can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract, can cause significant bloating and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers.

The best diet approach for people with IBS symptoms
Unfortunately there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all diet”, and your doctor will need to advise you based on your individual symptoms. A high-fibre diet was initially thought to be the best for IBS sufferers, however recent studies have shown that doesn’t work for everyone.
So what does work?

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals spread throughout the day
  • Identify the foods which cause your symptoms (you can do this by keeping a food diary)
  • Once you’ve found your ‘trigger’ foods, eliminate them from your diet and see if it makes a difference to your symptoms
  • If you can, get advice and guidance from a registered dietician
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For more advice on how to treat symptoms of IBS, you can speak to any Dis-Chem pharmacist.

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