Scientist have yet to come to a definite conclusion about the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and thus treatment of the disorder itself is difficult. Where instead it is more effective to simply treat the symptoms of the disorder itself. The most common symptoms associated with IBS include moderate to severe stomach pain, abdominal discomfort, abdominal cramping, excessive bloat, moderate to severe gas and fluctuating constipation with diarrhea.
Physicians and experts alike claim that for most Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases there is no need for IBS medication, but rather that learning to manage certain factors within the sufferer’s life, as well as specific dietary changes and eating habits have the capacity in their selves to treat the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Managing Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome without Medication
It is possible, in most all cases, according to experts to manage the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome without the use of medication. As such medications do not generally have much effect on the disorder itself anyhow. By taking care to get an adequate amount of exercise, drinking plenty of healthy fluids (i.e. water), getting a sufficient amount of sleep and reducing stress, in addition to avoiding foods that upset the gastrointestinal tract those that suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome should be able to manage their symptoms on their own without medical intervention.
However, in some more severe cases, experts recommend the following dietary changes:
- Avoiding gluten – A study completed on those that suffer from moderate to severe IBS showed immense improvement in their diarrhea symptoms by removing gluten from their diet (i.e. wheat, rye and barley).
- Avoiding notoriously ‘gassy’ foods – Doctors recommend that for those that experience excessive gas or uncomfortable bloat as a result of their IBS that they eliminate gassy foods from their diet- such as certain vegetables and carbonated beverages.
- Avoiding FODMAP’s – Eliminating certain carbohydrates such as fructose, lactose and fructans (referred to as fermentable, olbigable, -di, and monosaccharides and polyols) can help to relieve IBS symptoms.