Tips For Dealing With IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is thought to affect up to ‘1 in 5 people’ according to the NHS at some point in their life. Its symptoms are found in high numbers in people between the ages 20-30.
Dealing with IBS can be an incredibly frustrating situation. A lot of the time, things that you used to be able to enjoy become part of the diet blacklist, only the symptoms, getting your medication right can be a lengthy process.
Many adults now live with either IBS-C or IBS-D or a mixture of both, but it does not have to affect your daily life as much as you think.
3 Tips to help you manage your IBS.
Keep a Food Diary
Keeping a food diary is a great way to keep track of what you have eaten that has caused your IBS symptoms. If you are going to commit to finding out what you have eaten that has made it bad, you need to include drinks as well. There can be many things such as artificial sweeteners in drinks that can cause an attack. As well as doing this, it is also worth looking into specific diets. Everyone’s IBS is different, but there is a diet named FODMAP that is currently regarded as one of the best IBS diets once your doctor has approved this.
Manage Stress and Anxiety
Unfortunately for many people that have to manage many health conditions, stress and anxiety go hand in hand with IBS. If you cannot get to the route of your IBS, go to the Doctor and find out if there is anything you can do to manage this. If you suffer from intermittent
If you suffer from intermittent stress and anxiety that makes you have IBS symptoms, try meditation or mindfulness, or Yoga. There are also lots of herbal remedies you can try like to help with the pain. Another thing you can try aside from actual anxiety medication is cognitive behavioural therapy.
Get Checked for intolerance’s
IBS can lead to long term food intolerance’s due to the damage it does to your digestive system. Some of these can go when you start to manage your IBS, but some will, unfortunately, cause you symptoms for life. Because things like Lactose intolerance exhibit the same symptoms of IBS, it can be hard to know which one is making you unwell. If you find that you are unwell after eating a certain food, get tested for an intolerance to it. A very large percentage of people who suffer from
If you find that you are unwell after eating a certain food, get tested for an intolerance to it. A very large percentage of people who suffer from IBS are also lactose intolerant. This does not mean you cannot lead a normal life, as there are loads of alternative dairy products on the market today.
See Your Doctor Immediately if you have unusual symptoms
You will get used to the symptoms of your IBS, and although unpleasant it is rare this will cause you further problems.
However, if you have symptoms that are out of the ordinary, like blood in your stool, see the Doctor as soon as possible.