Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, some estimate that it affects as many as 20% of adults. Simply put, the GI tract does not work properly.

It is a young person’s illness, rarely diagnosed in people over 50. It is also more frequent in “high stress” individuals as well as those who deal with anxiety and depression.The cause of IBS has not yet been determined, but it is believed that those who live with IBS have very sensitive colon tissue. It is also believed that as many as 75% of sufferers do not seek medical attention and just try to “live with it”. While it can be difficult to initially diagnose, many people experience great relief, even remission, after treatment. Treatments can range from lifestyle/diet changes to medications.

You can reduce flare-ups by avoiding:

  • your particular food trigger
  • chewing gum
  • carbonated beverages
  • nicotine
  • alcoholic beverages

Eating at regular intervals, slowly, can also help. Exercise, relaxation techniques, and getting the proper amounts of sleep can also reduce symptoms.

 Symptoms of IBS can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain