What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or ‘IBS’ as it is known, is a common, long term condition of the digestive system.

Symptoms of IBS

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Clear or white mucus with the stool

People with IBS find it very debilitating. It can interfere with their ability to work and socialise, which can have a negative impact on both physical and emotional well being.
There is no clear cause for IBS, however, it is generally accepted that people with IBS have developed a sensitive gut and that the symptoms can be triggered by diet, stress and a hectic lifestyle.
IBS can be quite difficult to treat and IBS treatments tend to focus on diet and lifestyle changes, there are also some medications which some people find can help to ease symptoms.
If you think you may have IBS, it is important to visit your GP, who can rule out other causes for your symptoms and diagnose whether you have IBS.
In recent years, research has shown that some carbohydrate foods (FODMAPS) which are poorly absorbed in the gut may contribute to some of the symptoms of IBS.

Go to our Low Fodmap Diet page to read get more information

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