Irritable Bowel Syndrome is something I have suffered from for as long as I can remember. Mine usually flares up when I am dealing with stressful situations. However certain foods can trigger it and make it worse, for me these foods include dairy and meat. Over the last few years I have drastically reduced the amount of dairy I consume. I stick to dairy free milk and yoghurts and only eat cheese a few times a month.
What Is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.
The symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. They tend to come and go in periods lasting a few days to a few months at a time, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.
The condition is often lifelong, although it may improve over several years.
However there are ways to control it, such as changing your diet- something a Dietician or GP can help with. However even with taking these steps I still need some support from over the counter medication with my medicine of choice being Buscopan IBS relief tablets . These tablets help to treat the pain of IBS, which can be anything from cramps to stomach spasms. For the other IBS symptoms like constipation and bloating I use pure organic peppermint tea and I also make sure I keep hydrated and keep my diet as simple as possible.
Other ways to keep your gut healthy is by taking a probiotic and adding gut-healthy foods to your diet like garlic, sourdough bread and kefir. This is a topic which I will go into in more detail on the blog soon.
Do you suffer from IBS? Have you found anything which works well for you?