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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Nutrition interventions

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common problem. Symptoms include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, wind and bloating. Symptoms of IBS can vary significantly between individuals so it is unlikely you will suffer from all of the symptoms listed above. As the symptoms of IBS usually occur after eating, it is reasonable to assume that food plays some part in triggering the problem. If your doctor has diagnosed you with IBS, the following general nutrition guidelines can help to control your symptoms:

In addition to these general guidelines, here are also some strategies that may be helpful based on your specific symptoms:

Bloating and wind

Constipation

Diarrhea

Overall, your diet should focus on natural products such as vegetables, fruit, meat and fish. Limit your intake of processed foods such as pizzas, pies, take-away meals, sausages, biscuits and crisps as much as possible. You may also benefit from avoiding fizzy drinks, sports drinks and reduced calorie drinks due to the sweeteners and additives they contain. Consider taking a daily probiotic such as Yalkult every morning to help improve gut function.