IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a chronic digestive disorder that affects almost 20 percent of adults, according to a study. More women than men are afflicted with this condition. IBS is not a serious or life-threatening disease and it does not lead to colon cancer, but it does have several symptoms that can be annoying. There are ways to treat and manage IBS by making diet and lifestyle changes.
Expelling gas is a common and embarrassing symptom of IBS.
Constipation and Diarrhea
Both constipation and diarrhea are a part of IBS. A person can have one problem or both, and they can frequently alternate.
Some people have abdominal cramps or pain. The discomfort can be mild or severe.
Adding more fiber to your diet can improve IBS symptoms. The fiber adds bulk to the system and reduces the chances of constipation and diarrhea.
Drinking lots of water lubricates the digestive tract and helps to move food and wastes through the system.
Since doctors don’t know what causes IBS, keeping a food diary can alert you to what foods may trigger IBS symptoms.