What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Ways You Can Deal With It?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is “the most common gastrointestinal functional disorder globally.  Although there are few studies and statistics about this disorder, it is known that between 1.1% and 22.1% of the world population suffers from this health problem. The reality is that a considerable number are unaware of the existence of this condition and its symptoms, while those diagnosed know little.

The IBS is characterized by chronic and recurring symptoms such as pain and abdominal distension. That is an increase or swelling in the stomach and alterations in stool, stool frequency changes like constipation, diarrhea, or alternating between the two, flatulence,  and the urge to defecate without success.Irritable bowel syndrome

How to Deal With Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

IBS causes havoc at the social level, and the specific reason for its origin is still unknown since genetic, health, dietary, and even cultural factors are pointed out. According to the studies that have been carried out, there is a higher prevalence in the Asian population, followed by North American and European residents. This is why knowing how to deal with irritable bowel syndrome is so important.

First, only a doctor can diagnose this problem based on the patient’s medical history and symptoms. Second, after diagnosing it, the fundamental thing is to identify what triggers IBS symptoms in the person. This helps to adopt strategies that reduce the frequency and severity of these in the patient’s daily life.

One of the suggested strategies is reducing stress. It can be through meditation, acupuncture, psychological or cognitive-behavioral therapies, and regular physical activity. Also, there are important nutritional recommendations that involve dietary changes, such as eliminating foods that cause intestinal problems.

Recommendations for Patients With IBS

  • Among the nutritional recommendations is a balanced diet. There should be a higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, a decrease in fat, red meat, sugars, and carbohydrates, in addition to good hydration.
  • Detecting which foods can trigger these types of reactions is essential. For example, dairy products, some vegetables, especially when eaten raw.
  • Avoid the abuse of toxic substances such as alcohol and cigarettes.
  • In the same way, it is advisable to take care of the intake of legumes. They can cause an increase in flatulence and abdominal distention.
  • Teas and infusions are allies since many help reduce inflammation, relax, and improve intestinal transit.

Regarding your mental health, if IBS is in a more complex stage, share the problem with the people you trust more. Avoid taking a change of clothes and wet wipes. It is also advisable to locate the bathrooms when going out to public places. Build a support network to avoid feeling uncomfortable. Remember that a healthy diet, medical supervision, and regular exercise are your allies.

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