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The Do’s and Don’ts of IBS

The Do’s and Don’ts of IBS

The Do’s and Don’ts of IBS

There are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to IBS. General guidelines can be followed to ensure that symptoms are controlled.

DO’s

The majority of food you eat should be homemade or fresh. This helps to eliminate trigger foods, sugar, additives and preservatives.

Keep a diary of everything you eat in order to understand what triggers symptoms. That way you know what to avoid reducing the chances of a flare up.

Take a probiotics to help with the overall health of your digestive system. It is difficult to say what is best for the individual but always use a good quality one which does not contain FOS. Optibac provide a good range of probiotics. VSL#3 is recommended in the management of IBS by the NHS.  Sacchromyces Bourlardii has been shown to be effective in the case of diarrhoea.

DON’T

Eat unhealthy processed foods. Processed foods filled with sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, feed bad gut bacteria and may contribute to inflammation.

Drink alcohol or carbonated drinks. Both may cause inflammatory responses in the body and they can also contribute to the feeding of bad bacteria which may result in further gut imbalances and symptoms.

Eat too quickly as this does not help prepare the stomach for digestion and may lead to reduced stomach acid. Mindful eating is key. If you are not eating food in a relaxed and controlled manner your digestive system cannot work properly leading to poorly digested food, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, wind and pain.

If you are experiencing IBS like symptoms first consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.  You may find my free downloadable gut plan also helpful (see HOME page to download a copy).

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