How to calm IBS flare-up!

How to calm IBS flare-up!
Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS), is a common disorder that affects a significant number of people worldwide.

Most of the time people have to suffer daily with horrible symptoms. This affects their quality of life and also leads to the development of other diseases in the future.

Diet plays an important role in controlling IBS symptoms.
Food not only provides nutrition to your body but can also lead to the development of inflammation in your body. This inflammation starters irritating your gut and leads to IBS symptoms. So we need to work on a diet which reduces this inflammation and improves our gut functioning.

People with IBS get these attacks periodically which are debilitating for them. These attacks come with a variety of different symptoms them. Most common IBS attack symptoms being:

1.Stomach pain
2.Back pain
3.Bloating
4.Diarrhea
5.Constipation
6.Mucus in stools
7.Anxiety and sweating
8.Pelvic pain and cramps

It has been proved that the low FODMAP diet works as an effective symptom management for many suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Nowadays, doctors recommend this diet as the dietary therapy for IBS.

When I take someone through a FODMAP elimination diet they usually feel the benefit within a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple of days. If you are suffering from IBS, switching to a low FODMAP diet to work out if it reduces your symptoms is worth trying. This diet is divided into 2 phases. In the first phase of the diet, you will strictly avoid consuming any foods that are rich in FODMAPs. The duration of the first phase is up to six weeks depending on how you respond.
Ideally you should consult with a nutritionist before beginning the second phase as reintroducing the FODMAP groups needs to be done in a specific and measured way to get the most useful results for you.

Some of the food items that are included in a low FODMAP diet are:
•Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce and leafy greens.
•Fruits such as bananas, passion fruits, pineapples, lemons and oranges.
•Protein sources such as chicken, egg, fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds.
•Grains such as rice, oats, quinoa and buckwheat.

Since many dietary changes are involved in a low FODMAP diet, you should consult a knowledgeable professional before starting the diet. It is designed as an elimination diet and not a long term diet due to its restrictive nature.

Andriana xx

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