Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects about 10-20% of the population. For those dealing with IBS on a regular basis, the condition can make everyday life remarkably uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Although doctors remain unsure as to the root cause of this syndrome, it is largely accepted that a person’s diet can have a huge impact on the relief of IBS symptoms. We have decided to share some of our favourite tips to better manage your IBS so that you can spend more time enjoying life, and less time in the bathroom.
Keep a Food Diary
Keeping track of all the food you consume is a great way of quantifying your IBS and producing concrete facts about what keeping a food diary can be a time consuming task, it will allow you’re eating and how it is affecting your body. Although you to see which foods trigger your IBS and which ones are fine to consume. When you’re keeping tabs on everything you eat, it allows you to identify common themes within the foods that trigger your IBS so that you can avoid these kinds of foods in the future.
Avoid the Fat!
IBS is most commonly defined by abdominal pain, cramping, and other symptoms associated with the process of digestion. Foods that make it more difficult for your digestive system to perform its daily tasks should be avoided. Even for those not dealing with IBS, a meal heavy in fatty foods can spell disaster for your digestive system. For those with IBS, this means that foods with a high fat content should be avoided because consumption of such food tends to result in diarrhea and the flare up of your IBS symptoms.
Fibre can be both good and bad for those dealing with IBS. Although an increase in your intake of dietary fibre may help with the relief of IBS symptoms, try to avoid harsher versions such as bran as it can actually exacerbate your IBS symptoms. Your best option is to track how you feel after consuming foods that are high in fiber. Depending on your condition, these may or may not benefit you so be mindful of your body and make decisions based on how you feel.
Eat Right Ontario – Irritable bowel Syndrome
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation – Irritable bowel Syndromes