Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects around 10% of the population. IBS is a functional disorder in which the bowel or the gut doesn’t work as it should. It is one of the most common condition affecting the digestive system and entails a collection of symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation.
Identifying the factors that trigger your IBS is a key step in managing your condition. While some people say their symptoms arise when they are under stress, others are affected after a meal or when having certain foods. Women often report worsening of symptoms just prior to or during their menstrual cycle.
Generally, eating small frequent meals is a good tactic if you suffer from IBS symptoms, as is making sure you have regular bowel movements if you have constipation-predominant IBS.
Here are some other quick tips to improve your general well-being and overall bowel health.
One of the most frequently talked about abdominal concerns is bloating. For a lot of people who suffer from bloating, they wake up in the morning with a fairly flat stomach, but by the end of the day are horribly bloated and uncomfortable, undoing the top button of their trousers for a bit of relief.
So what is bloating and what are the common causes?
Bloating is any abnormal swelling or increase in the abdominal area caused by excess gas. Gas is produced in the large intestine when fermentation occurs during the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins. It is a normal by-product of the digestive process, however too much gas causes bloating. Symptoms include a full and tight feeling in the abdomen, which may cause abdominal pain and sometimes increased stomach growling or increased belching and flatulence.
Bloating and gas are usually tied to what and how you eat, so a few simple changes can help.