Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Many people will occasionally experience the symptoms associated with IBS which include abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, gas, plus diarrhoea and or constipation.

The exact cause of IBS is not known and there has been no cure as yet, but there are things that can be done to relieve symptoms. Identifying triggers that either worsen or improve IBS symptoms is important in helping you manage the disorder.

Food and drinks that often make symptoms WORSE include:

  • Fatty foods
  • Milk products such as cheese and ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and caffeinated drinks
  • Carbonated drinks

Other triggers for IBS include stress, hormones and sometimes another illness such as an acute episode of gastroenteritis.

irritable bowel syndrome

Foods that often make symptoms BETTER include:

  • Apples and peaches
  • Broccoli (raw), cabbage, carrots (raw), peas
  • Kidney beans, lima beans
  • Wholegrain bread and cereals

Important points to remember about IBS are:

  • IBS means your bowel doesn’t work the right way IBS can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation
  • IBS does not necessarily damage the bowel IBS diagnosis is based upon symptoms
  • IBS is not caused by stress, but stress can make symptoms worse IBS symptoms can be triggered by fatty foods, milk products, chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • IBS treatments may include medicines, dietary supplements, stress relief and changes in eating habits

did you know

Did You Know?

You are more likely to have IBS if you are under 35 years of age, female and have a family history of IBS.