Irritable Bowel Syndrome does not traditionally respond well to treatment with medications. However, the sometimes debilitating symptoms associated with IBS can be treated (or lessened at the very least) through dietary changes and changes in eating habits.
Since there are a variety of other factors that contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome flare ups (such as hormonal changes, activity level and stress), it may be prove to be difficult to pinpoint specific foods that an individual’s body may have an intolerance to. The nerves and muscles of those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms are more over-active than those who do not. This also plays a distinct role in flare ups, as well as in efforts to treat symptoms of such flare ups and so IBS treatment may at times prove be a very tricky task.
Treatment of IBS
Numerous studies have proven that with most individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is not so much the foods that they eat that cause problematic symptoms, but rather the way in which they eat their food. Experts say that eating stimulates the digestive tract and so following these tips may help to treat your IBS symptoms:
- Take your time in eating your meals; slow down.
- Attempt to eat, rather than three large meals throughout the day, five or even six smaller meals.
- Pay specific mind to avoid foods that tend to upset everyone’s digestive tract, such as especially fatty foods, greasy foods and binging on extra-large meals.
- Always be sure to eat breakfast, as this is the meal that is most likely to stimulate your colon and digestive tract resulting in a bowel movement (this is particularly useful if experiencing constipation).
In addition to trying the mentioned tips, also take care to avoid foods, such as the following, that are notorious for upsetting the digestive tract in an effort to treat your IBS.
- Fibers that are insoluble (i.e. breakfast cereals)