6 ways to manage your IBS symptoms 28



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There are many medical issues we can have but this is one that can be very upsetting and embarrassing, and can produce symptoms that make you feel unable to do what you once loved.

Millions of people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and are plagued by the symptoms – bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation and pain.

Some people can suffered for decades without relief and they might have times when the symptoms disappear, only to return at a later date.

Here are some ways to manage your symptoms that you may not have tried.

1. Get tested for food allergies

Ask your doctor or homeopath for a food allergy test and eliminate the foods that test positive for three months. You may find that there are some foods that irritate your stomach or bowel more than others – the most common are dairy, gluten and eggs.


2. Eat to ease symptoms

Sometimes it can feel like eating will create more problems but according to a Cambridge hospital study into 500 IBS sufferers found that 75 per cent were able to relieve their problems through diet.

Change your eating habits by:

  • Eating a little, and slowly, at regular times to establish a routine
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to combine with good fibre.
  • Eliminating fatty foods


3. Try an antispasmodic

If you experience painful cramps, an antispasmodic can help to smooth the muscle in the gut lining and relieve cramping.


4. Herbs and supplements

There are a number of different herbs and supplements that relieve symptoms of IBS, including:

  • Mint – a British Medical Journal report found nearly 50 per cent of IBS sufferers found relief from their symptoms when they took peppermint oil. You can take peppermint in tea, oil, herb or capsule form.
  • Calcium – believed to slow down gut contractions.
  • Turmeric – numerous studies suggest this multi-use herb can also help to ease digestive problems as it has anti-inflammatory properties and blocks abnormal muscle contractions in the stomach. The recommended dosage is 500mg per day.


5. Fibre, fibre, fibre

It might seem obvious but the fact of the matter is that so many people who have IBS do not heed advice and consume more fibre. If you struggle to include more fibre in your diet, you can get fibre supplements over the counter or in the health food aisle, including psyllium husk.


6. Reduce stress

IBS can be caused by outside factors other than the traditional causes. Physical, emotional and environmental stress may trigger symptoms. This is where stress-reduction and relaxation strategies can help relieve or prevent IBS symptoms. Try to take some time every day to be silent and light a candle or read a book.


Do you have any other tips for relieving symptoms of IBS?

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  1. As an IBS sufferer (well, that’s what the medicos refer to it when they can’t think of anything else) I have found my own diet, and it’s not like the one recommended on here. More fibre only makes things worse, much worse (for me and my IBS is constipation based). And I can sure as heck eats fats. I eat butter, chicken fat and duck fat (to cook potatoes) fatty meats, etc. Herbs do help (turmeric) and eating small portions helps too. I avoid carbs that are complex in their molecular structure (onions, broccoli, cabbage type veges, which take so long to digest) and I also don’t eat any foods that contain yeast or fungi of any kind. So no mushrooms or breads. And if I keep with this regimen, my discomfort is minimal. So what I’m saying here, I guess, is that everyone’s systems are different and require their own individual attention and methods of relief. Anti-spasmodics made no difference to me, and I avoid all forms of drugs in treating my symptoms.

  2. I was diagnosed with IBS some years ago but nothing worked to ease it, until one day I had an “ah ha” moment and realised it was stress/anxiety related, since then I’ve got it under control. I’ve used meditation, acupuncture & naturopathic treatment.

  3. Does alcohol affect IBSMY husband has problems after drinking alcohol

  4. My diagnosis of IBS 30 plus years ago and unsuccessful management cause nothing I did or diet changes helped. Last year after more invasive tests revealed Diverticulitis. At last an answer and dietician recommendations along with meds have helped tremendously with attacks now a lot less frequent. A better quality of life now than I’ve had for many years.

  5. I found that taking 2 Inner health helps too. It is much more effective than IBS support , which did nothing for me

  6. I had IBS for the best part of 40years, someone suggested Curcumin which is Turmeric and have not had one incident for over three years, life is so much better now. Hope it helps someone else too.

  7. I am surprised that they don’t recommend being tested for Coeliac Disease which is not a food allergy but an autoimmune disease. Just need to have a blood test to diagnose. A large proportion of people have CD and are doing their bodies a great deal of damage by not going gluten free.

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