Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This post was written by admin on March 25, 2010
Posted Under: Dieting,Health supplements,Healthy body,treatments


As frequently blamed on the modern and busy lives we lead as much as anything physiological, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects and disrupts the lives of millions of people in the west. Although IBS arises from a gastrointestinal infection it can, and will, be exacerbated by a stressful lifestyle, depression and failing to following a well balanced diet and one that is high in roughage. To this end various health supplements, including those designed to deliver food roughage, are known to help to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.

IBS symptoms and diet.

The symptoms of IBS are typified by abdominal pain and anything from a simple change in the bowel habits to suffering either diarrhea or feeling constipated. In turn this can bring on backache, headaches and even fatigue and increased depression; due to the constant feelings of having a bloated stomach. A key factor in controlling IBS through the diet is to eat regularly, avoiding large gaps between meals, to slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet, whilst avoiding processed foods and drinks that will exacerbate the irritation. If you like chewing gum be warned to stay clear of any containing sorbitol, often found in sugar-less gums and sweets; which will provoke diarrhea.  

Have you got that IBS bloated stomach feeling?

Supplements for IBS.

Health supplements to look out for to help you to cope with IBS include; peppermint oil capsules these can calm the abdominal spasms that give rise to the IBS pains. However, make sure you buy ones that are enteric-coated, so that they pass through the stomach and into the intestine before being released. Psyllium is a dietary fiber supplement that can be taken with water. It can help both IBS sufferers with diarrhea and constipation, as it can absorb water in the intestine and bulk form good stools. Finally, unless youve not seen any TV adverts for years, you must surely already be aware of how good for you Priobiotics are. Priobiotics are the friendly bacteria that will both help us to digest food and combat any harmful bacteria in the gut.

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