Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 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
Do’s and Don’t’s to relieve the symptoms of IBS:
Try eating smaller meals, spread throughout the day. Instead of 3 meals, try 5-6 regular scheduled small meals.
Slow down; don’t rush through meals
Drink plenty of water, atleast 8 glasses a day.
Exercise regularly. A brisk walk of 30 minutes, 3 x a week
Avoid or reduce intake of any food that causes bloating, which may include:
- Wheat & rye products
- Foods high in fat
- Drinks with alcohol or caffeine
- Chocolates & nuts
- Fruits such as aples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, mango, nectarine, pears, plums & watermelon
- Canned fruits
- Vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic and garlic salts, lentils, mushrooms and onions.
- Dairy products such as milk, milk products, soft cheeses, yogurt, custard and ice cream.
- Honey and foods with high fructose corn syrup
- Products with artificial sweeteners