Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome, which means that you have a sensitive colon or large intestine. Irritable bowel syndrome is categorized as a chronic disorder, which means that it lasts for years. But, the symptoms may come and go. Anyone who has IBS has trouble with the movement in their colon which causes either diarrhea or constipation. IBS is still a condition that is being studied, however, doctors do recognize that two things trigger its existence: fried, greasy foods and stress.


IBS can occur at any age. Between the ages of 18 and 35, individuals are known to experience IBS due to all of life’s activities that take place, like college, careers, marriage, and children. IBS is more commonly seen in women. Individuals who are in their 40’s, 50’s, and upwards, can experience IBS symptoms, which doctors will exam to make sure that it is not due to cancer or diverticulosis.


Irritable bowel syndrome is very uncomfortable but it is not dangerous to your life. You must watch what you eat and remain as calm as possible. The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome includes pain in the abdomen, changes in how often a person has bowel movements, or how your stool movements look. Additional symptoms of IBS can involve a whitish mucus in the stool or a feeling that you haven’t finished moving your bowels.


IBS does not have a cure, but doctors can help ease the discomforts by changing your diet, providing certain medications, provide probiotics and in mental health problems, institute therapy. Doctors work with patients to find out how to treat IBS and to help find the best solution for them. Fiber supplements and laxatives help with constipation and to reduce diarrhea symptoms, including bloating and to reduce pain. As for probiotics doctors are still studying its effects on IBS. Research has shown that probiotics in certain amounts can improve symptoms of IBS, but it varies between gender and age.


For natural treatment of IBS, changing your diet is a great start. By eating smaller meals more often eliminates cramping and diarrhea that larger meals can cause. Eat foods that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates, like rice, pasta, whole-grain breads, fruits, cereals, and veggies. A fiber diet can improve constipation because it makes the stool soft and easier to pass through. As much as fiber is good for some people with IBS, too much fiber can cause gaseousness and perhaps trigger IBS symptoms.


Therefore, just add fiber slowly to your diet and see if you experience any gas or bloating. Foods to avoid with IBS, involves those that causes bloating and gas, i.e., cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, collards, kale, and other leafy green vegetables. Another food group that can cause discomfort are legumes, such as many different beans, lentils, and peas.


How is irritable bowel syndrome detected? Although IBS is a little problematic to diagnose property, its presence is detected through the performance of certain tests. Some of these tests can include a CT scan or an intestinal x-ray, an endoscopy or colonoscopy. Through a series of questions regarding your health history and varied tests, then a diagnoses for IBS can be determined.


By Sam Young