Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS), is commonly characterized by lower abdominal pain and altered bowel function. IBS-A refers to IBS cases which alternate between diarrhea and constipation. Some cases are mild, while others have disabling chronic symptoms. The symptoms of IBS vary from person to person and may include:
- diarrhea and/or constipation (chronic or alternating)
- lower abdominal pain or spasms
- mucus in stool
- bowel urgency or incontinence
- lower abdominal pain relieved by defecation
- a sensation of the bowel not emptying completely
While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, significant evidence suggests that food sensitivities and allergies play a causative role. Lack of fibre may also be a factor, as healthy amounts of fibre keep food moving through the digestive tract. Insufficient fibre may result in food sitting in the colon for long periods and fermenting, thereby triggering IBS symptoms such as gas and bloating. Recent research demonstrates a link between an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestines and IBS.
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- Test for food sensitivities. The allergens most frequently seen to exacerbate IBS are dairy and grains (especially wheat and corn). Other trigger foods are citrus, chocolate, and high sulphur foods (garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts).
- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine makes food pass more quickly through the digestive system, causing or worsening diarrhea.
- Avoid processed foods. Various chemical food additives and preservatives can cause bowel changes.
- Avoid stress. This is one of the most common causes of IBS.
- With vegetables: try peeling the outsides of vegetables (where the majority of insoluble fibres are found) before eating them, and steam them instead of eating them raw.