Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Living with IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) is a chronic gut disturbance which can be painful and embarrassing. The symptoms include bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea.
This condition can limit your life, avoiding certain social situations, or planning your life around bathroom breaks, not to mention the physical pain it can cause.
Constipation can be mistaken for IBS, so check that you are having plenty of fibre and water, if that is your main issue.
IBS is strongly related to your mood and mental health - if you are stressed, you are more likely to experience symptoms. Exercise and other stress relief activities can help this aspect of the condition.
Probiotics, food diaries & trigger foods
Probiotics may be helpful, particularly in people who have had their appendix removed.
Try to keep a food diary and see if the symptoms are associated with any particular food. If not, a low FODMAP diet is the best option. We can help with a low FODMAP diet, and guiding you through the reintroduction of potential trigger foods.
If a low FODMAP diet doesn't alleviate your symptoms, the issue may be in the natural chemicals produced by foods. We can help you with this by creating a personalised low chemical food plan.
If you need help managing your IBS, contact us today!