The top 5 ways you can improve your IBS

Do you have bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and or abdominal pain that won’t go away?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is very common – in fact it affects as many as one in seven Australians.

Many people suffer through IBS, which impacts on their life and wellbeing. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Keep reading for 5 scientifically proven ways that you can get your IBS under control.

  1. Cut back on coffee and tea: The caffeine in coffee and tea actually stimulates the muscles in your colon and intestine, speeding everything up so to speak and causing diarrhoea. It also increases stomach acid production, leading to pain and indigestion. This doesn’t mean you have to go without your morning coffee, keep it to under 3 cups a day to keep your IBS in check.
  2. Grow your gut bacteria: Trying a probiotic, whether it be including yoghurt in your every day diet, or a probiotic supplement, may reduce your IBS symptoms.
  3. Drink plenty of water: Being dehydrated contributes to constipation – aim for at least 8 cups of water or non-caffeinated fluid (such as herbal tea) a day.
  4. Stay away from sugar-free or diet products: These products contain artificial sweeteners which contribute to diarrhoea and stomach discomfort.
  5. Try a Low FODMAP diet: Researchers from Monash University have found that the gastrointestinal symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be due a FODMAP intolerance. In fact, it’s been found that following a low FODMAP diet is very effective and has improved the symptoms of IBS in 75% of people!Simply, FODMAP refers to a group of fermentable, short chain carbohydrates that your body isn’t very good at absorbing. With the help of a Dietitian, dietary changes including the low FODMAP diet are easy to follow, and their knowledge and support will assist you in managing your IBS symptoms.

Contact your local Dietitian for support

If you suffer from IBS, contact your local Dietitian, Phoebe Nelson at HealthWISE.  She can assist in identifying and making dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce your IBS symptoms and improve your wellbeing.

Initial appointments are $95 and review appointments $70, with private health rebates available.

Call 6792 5514 to make an appointment today.

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