Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often mistaken for a disease, when in fact, it is not; but rather it is a syndrome that affects twenty two (22) percent of the American population. IBS is the number two leading cause for school and work absence as the symptoms associated with it can at times be relatively severe. Such symptoms include extreme bloat, painful gas, piercing stomach cramping, excessive feeling of fullness, changes to bowel movements, amongst many other moderate to severe symptoms.
The particular symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome have been shown to not respond well to common day medications. However, sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) can experience relief through specific life style changes, such as dietary restrictions and avoidances, or by things such as probiotic supplements.
Recommended Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Since Irritable Bowel Syndrome effects those that suffer from its gastrointestinal function in a variety of ways it is therefore hard to deem one good IBS treatment particularly effective for all subjects. Thus, the best way to determine what it is that your specific body has an intolerance to, is to keep a dietary journal notating foods that negative affect your body in an obvious way.
In this dietary journal, be sure to add all the intrinsic details such as symptoms that arose, if noticed, from any specific food item, how much you consume of each food item, and any other additional factors (that may include loss of sleep or irritability due to consumption). Once you have kept such a journal for approximately 2-3 weeks, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to review the findings.
Your doctor will more than likely be able to help you identify troublesome food categories and suggest necessary dietary changes to prevent further mishaps.
You doctor should give you proper instruction on how to avoid offensive foods without making unnecessary, and at times unhealthy, dietary changes.