Make Lifestyle Changes to Alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome – is a condition that causes a number of unpleasant symptoms that can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea and/or constipation that occur for at least three days at a time and reoccur for several months. IBS causes food to move through your system faster than is healthy through a series of intestinal muscle contractions, or causes the exact opposite in which food does not efficiently pass through your digestive tract. Individuals with IBS may alternately experience both of these problems.
In most cases, IBS can be alleviated through a series of lifestyle changes. Some of these changes take time to make any difference but are worth the long-term benefits. Instead of relying on short-term solutions such as medications, lifestyle changes will allow to decrease the risk of IBS for good.
To begin with, it is important to take a look at your diet. For instance, the amount of fibre in your diet may be playing a significant role in your IBS symptoms. Too little fibre will not allow food to move properly through your digestive system. Too much fibre can make worsen cramping and gas. Therefore, it is important to gradually incorporate more fibre-rich foods into your diet for the best results. Gradually increasing the amount of vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains in your diet is likely to improve your digestion.
Just as adding certain types of foods to your diet will help, avoiding certain foods is just as important. Many people find that reducing dairy products, soda, coffee, alcohol, fatty foods and processed foods can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS.
Additional lifestyle changes such as increasing your level of exercise, decreasing your stress levels, drinking lots of water, and eating smaller meals throughout the day instead of binging on three large meals can help alleviate IBS and get your digestive system back in order.
If you have questions about ways to alleviate irritable bowel syndrome with a healthy diet, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.