Ir­ri­ta­ble Bowel Syn­drome (IBS)

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

What it feels like

An un­com­fort­able com­bi­na­tion of bloat­ing, ex­ces­sive gas and di­ar­rhoea, al­ter­nat­ing with chronic con­sti­pa­tion. Your life and ac­tiv­i­ties are of­ten ruled by your prox­im­ity to a bath­room.

What causes it

De­spite much re­search world­wide, the cause of IBS is still un­clear and thought to be re­lated to a num­ber of fac­tors. Some the­o­ries are that it’s due to in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity of the gut and a dis­tur­bance to its nor­mal rhyth­mic move­ment. New re­search shows that stress can also play a role. Cer­tain foods — specif­i­cally a group of short-chain car­bo­hy­drates called FODMAPs — can trig­ger symp­toms. These FODMAPs are poorly di­gested in the gut, caus­ing wind, pain and bloat­ing in peo­ple with IBS.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.