Although there is no preferred treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS there are a variety of treatment options. Some can make living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome more tolerable, some can contribute to long-term recovery.
I’ve noticed in my IBS Clinic that the key factor in whether somebody will enjoy a complete recovery is due to the ability to address the whole picture. IBS is a mind and body condition. Addressing lifestyle factors such as stress, movement and diet appear to make a fundamental difference to long-term recovery. If I had to choose one lifestyle factor, my recommendation would be to look honestly and openly at stress triggers.
Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting Emergency Services. It’s important that you tell your doctor about your abdominal pain as it can be related to a wide variety of conditions. Common causes of abdominal pain includeread more
Given the relationship between stress and IBS, particularly constipation-predominant IBS; rose could be a helpful addition to your diet. If you are ok with dairy products, try some plain greek yogurt with a teaspoon of rosewater and 1/4 teaspoon of ground green cardamon as a delicious treat.read more
November is National Stress Awareness Month in the UK. Not only does stress affect our psychological well-being, it can also wreak havoc when you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We feel stressed whenever we decide something is a threat. This sets off a unique mind and body response which arms our muscles with oxygenated blood, clears our focus in the moment and prepares us to fight or flee. Unfortunately, when this stress response continues for a long period of time, it’s inflammatory nature can affect our health, particularly our digestive system.read more
The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE) provides guidance to the NHS in relation to best practice in patient care. In February 2008, NICE issued guidance to the NHS on treating adults who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These GP guidelines on IBS are due to be revised in March 2015.
NICE guidelines [CG61] You can access those guidelines here
Researchers at Monash University have devised a low FODMAP diet which may help to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These foods have been chosen because they contain particular types of carbohydrate which are harder to breakdown and absorb in the small intestine, and they are more easily fermented in your gut.read more
Here are my top go-to herbs when working with IBSread more
Here’s a chart which compares: Biocare Acidophilus 60g Powder, Biocare Bifidobacterium bifidum 60g, Biocare Bio-Acidophilus Forteread more
This video shows you how to make your own yogurtread more
Studies suggest that many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome feel that symptoms such as diarrhoea and bloating are improved after a course of probiotic supplements. In my experience, probiotics are a helpful remedy for IBS in some cases, but not in others. ...read more
What Foods to Avoid With IBS? One of the most common questions I get asked is what foods to avoid with irritable bowel syndrome? A survey conducted by IBSResearchUpdate suggested the Top Twenty IBS trigger foods were: • Spicy foods • Fried and fatty foods • ...read more