Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS) is where there’s a problem with the gut, affecting one in ten people. Most
common in people between the ages of 25 and 40 years old, it can cause great discomfort in everyday life.
Nobody is safe from IBS, not even celebrities, as many of them have suffered, and are suffering, from the syndrome. Typical symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, wind, bloating in the stomach area, feeling sick, stress, anxiety, constipation and/or diarrhoea.
Although it is unknown why we suffer from IBS, hence we can’t control it, there are ways we can stop it being triggered, such as: avoiding certain foods, such as hot curries, remaining as stress-free as can be, having an eating routine an sticking to it, and eating foods containing plenty of fibre, as this is what makes you pass healthy stools.
Some celebrities currently living with IBS are:
- Kurt Kobain
- Kirsten Dunst
- Tyra Banks
The best treatments for those suffering with IBS are:
- Be wary of your diet– from the moment you first think you may have an irritable bowel, start making a food diary. His will help you to work out what foods are contributing t your symptoms, and what foods aren’t. Also, avoid eaten large meals, and eat little and often instead. This will ensure you aren’t overindulging.
- Monitor your stress levels– stress can be a killer. It’s one of those things that it difficult to control, and sometimes we’re really stressed and anxious yet can’t pinpoint exactly why we feel like this. Getting good nights sleep each night, of about eight hours, can also help stress. This will mean you’re energised and awake for the day ahead.
- Get expert advice from a professional– professionals are trained to give you the advice you need, to make your life easier, so use them. There are many drugs available to help people with IBS, as well as the health professionals advising you of common triggers.
- Eat plenty of fibre– fibre is so important to everyone’s diet, not just those suffering with IBS. Fibre can help to reduce the effects of IBS, but you should get advice from your doctor about the recommended intake, as too much can make your constipation and/or diarrhoea a lot worse than it already is. It may be that fibre supplements would be better for you, so be sure to book an appointment at your doctor’s surgery.