IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is a common chronic condition that affects the digestive system.
It can cause symptoms such as stomach cramps, persistant bloating, constipation or diarrhoea. You may experience symptoms like excessive wind, nausea and indigestion. Pretty horrid huh? and these symptoms are not exhaustive.
Symptoms tend to come and go over time but you can experience them for days, weeks and even months at a time.
Many different food types trigger a more chronic episode of IBS that you would refer to as a 'flare up'. This can mean you have a day or more of nausea, cramps, lethargy, fasting and staying close to the toilet. It is exhausting.
IBS is usually a lifelong problem once you have been diagnosed but family
history can be a factor. Frustrations run high as you try to live with this condition as it can create a huge impact on your daily life. The exact cause is unknown but studies show it has been linked to undigested food pasing through your gut too quickly or too slowly. Family history of ibs, stress and anxiety has also been suggested as contributing factors.
Well, there is no cure as such but there are many ways to improve your gut health, here we will take a look at some ways to ease your symptoms and help your gut be happier and some things to avoid to help aleviate your symptoms:
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