Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a problem associated with intestines. It is a condition wherein the intestines do not squeeze too hard or squeezes too hard and cause the food items to move slowly or quickly respectively. The disease first strikes at the age of 20 or more and is a common problem among women. The other names for this condition are functional bowel syndrome, irritable colon and spastic bowel.

Symptoms



The most common symptoms of IBS are bloating and gas, mucus in the stool, constipation and diarrhea. The symptoms get aggravated when you travel or attend social events. Lack of consumption of healthy foods also leads to IBS. Women with IBS can experience certain symptoms during menstrual periods.

Diagnosis



The doctor generally asks about the symptoms and tries to find a pattern in it. If a particular pattern is identified, then a case of IBS is declared. The doctor may also prescribe blood tests and colonoscopy.

Treatment

The best way to treat IBS is through healthy foods, good handling of stress and trying to avoid foods that make you feel uncomfortable.



Is fiber helpful?

Fibers are very helpful as they aid in proper functioning of the intestines. Soluble fibers are good for diarrhea and constipation. It gets easily dissolved in the water. Soluble fiber is found in foods such as apples and beans. You can also buy Psyllium supplements to drink. On the other hand, insoluble fiber aids in moving the materials through the digestive system. They are usually found in whole grain breads and wheat bran.

Foods cause IBS?


There are no reports to suggest that foods can cause IBS but there are certain foods which might make the condition worse. These include foods which are high in fat or caffeine.  Alcohol and chocolate are also sworn enemies of IBS. You should also avoid foods that cause gas and these include beans, cabbage and fruits.

Milk and Milk products

People who are lactose intolerant should understand that milk and related dairy products make conditions worse for people who are suffering from IBS. You can also try to limit the amount of dairy products in your daily diet.

Suggestions

In order to control IBS you can

• Eat a variety of foods and avoid foods that have high fat content
• Drink plenty of water
• Try to eat 6 small meal rather than 3 large ones
• Better to avoid laxatives as the intestines become slowly dependant on them



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