IBS is a disorder which affects up to as many as 45 million Americans. It can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort for those experiencing symptoms.
Irritable bowel syndrome and the uncomfortable abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation that come with it can be an inconvenience or an impediment to daily life. It can cause problems at home as well as at work causing many trips to the restroom in the course of a day.
The majority of those with IBS symptoms are female, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
While the cause isn’t known, experts believe that signals between the brain and the gut are to blame, along with abnormalities in the gastrointestinal nervous system. Genetics may play a part, so if you have a parent with IBS you are more likely to experience it at some time during your life.
While stress can aggravate symptoms, it alone cannot cause IBS. Hormonal changes and reactions to certain types of foods or beverages also play a role in the presentation of symptoms.
A good Nutritionist can help make diet recommendations which can help ease or alleviate symptoms.
—It is recommended to slowly increase the amount of soluble fiber in your daily diet. Digestible fiber promotes regular bowel movements and reduces constipation. Soluble fibers are commonly found in oats and beans.
On the other hand, insoluble fiber – which is found in cabbage, lettuce, onions, and peppers — may increase symptoms, so pay attention to which fruits and vegetables precede discomfort.
–Reduce the consumption of caffeine and alcohol, known triggers of IBS symptoms. Spicy meals, rich dairy products, and foods that are high in fat can also trigger irregular bowel movements.
–Keep track of the type of symptoms you’re experiencing, how long they last and any triggers that may be associated with them, including sources of emotional stress. Also, note any medications or supplements you’ve been taking.
It’s worth noting that physicians recommend those with IBS symptoms get checked for Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that’s triggered by the consumption of gluten – a protein typically found in wheat and grains.
In cases where dietary changes alone don’t do the trick, a gastroenterologist can help with the management of IBS symptoms and can recommend prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs which can help lessen the severity.
If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area come see Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. today to help get your diet on point and your gut health in check.
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