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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – could you have it?

We have talked about poo before (click here) and what it can tell you about your gut.

If you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) you definitely don’t have that good gut feeling! You may have a mix of discomfort and pain in your belly. And, you may have unusual poo.  It may be thin, hard, soft or even liquid.

 

So how do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms

If you’re wondering how to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, it’s difficult.

Symptoms are often unique to each individual.  Some signs include:

  • Wind or gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Sometimes both diarrhea and constipation
  • Abdominal pain – often recurrent
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Food intolerances
  • Fatigue/difficulty sleeping

 

So, what are some of the causes?

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes

Symptoms are often worse after eating but other factors can have an impact as well.  Any sort of change – change in routine, change in emotional stress levels, infection, diet can all cause a flare up of IBS.  Stress and anxiety can also be big irritable bowel syndrome triggers.

You are not alone!

The exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not known but it does affect women more often than men and up to 20% of the population.

What is known is that dietary and lifestyle management can alleviate a lot of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – treatment

There is no single ‘irritable bowel syndrome diet’  that can be followed to treat IBS.  Everyone’s experience is unique.  Although some people get good results by following a low FODMAP diet.

What is known is that there are certain foods (for example dairy, gluten, coffee, alcohol, spicy and high fat foods) that can be a trigger in some people.  Increasing your water and soluble fibre intake also helps. Think sweet potato, broccoli, avocado, pears, figs, nectarines, apples, carrots.

To find out more about what to eat when you have irritable bowel syndrome click here.

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Tracie is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Member of the Institute of Complimentary Therapists, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and has spent over 20 years driving change at all organizational levels in the corporate space, with small businesses and more recently with individuals looking to live a thriving, fulfilling life.