According to the National Institute of Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterized by disturbed intestinal contractions where the nerves and muscles are hyper sensitive.
Some key symptoms include: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and cramping.
Some Common triggers include:
- Dairy products
- Fatty/fried food
Besides the obvious solution of simply avoiding triggers to prevent onset of symptoms, I have included a short list of some ways to ease IBS symptoms:
**Manage Stress- This one is a biggie. Stress affects our bodies tremendously and aggravates certain conditions such as IBS. Choose a stress relieving activity to keep your stress levels in check (i.e. exercise, meditation, journaling, etc.)**
Eliminating Cramping- Peppermint, Spearmint and Ginger teas have a calming effect on the GI tract by slowing spasms that cause cramping.
Eliminating Constipation- Eat a few prunes and aim to drink at least 8 oz. of water to help ease constipation. It is also recommended to eat a high fiber and whole grain diet to maintain regularity. (Cereals, pastas, whole grain breads, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables to name a few)
Eliminating Diarrhea Applesauce or apples work wonders for diarrhea. Apples contain pectin (a complex carb) which binds stool and alleviates diarrhea
Eliminating Bloating- Eat slowly and eliminate gas-producing foods to prevent swallowing extra air and stirring up the “full” feeling.