Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms, Causes & Natural Remedies
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an umbrella term describing a set of symptoms that baffles patients and healthcare providers alike. IBS is the most common of all gastrointestinal problems, is far more prevalent among women, and generally occurs in those aged between 25 - 45. However as IBS is a set of symptoms rather than an explanation of what’s causing the problem, it tends to be difficult to treat. There is no single known cause and conventional treatments tend to focus singularly on symptom relief.
Ranging from quite mild to severe, symptoms often intefere with normal daily life for those with IBS, and everyday activities such as eating out at a restaurant can become a daunting prospect!
Functional medicine, as with other complex health problems, can help with IBS. It's crucial with IBS to identify and work on the root cause(s) and at the same time use natural symptom relief to ensure any improvements aren't just temporary, but long lasting.
So, don't put up with unwanted symptoms of IBS, take action and improve your gut health for good!
4Rs to Improve Poor Gut Health
These 4 simple steps are an ideal place to start if you are regularly suffering from tummy troubles
Fermented Foods for IBS
Fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut have been hitting the headlines more frequently of late, for the huge benefits they can deliver to your gut. Just a few of the benefits you may see from fermented foods, alongside aiding gut health, include energy production and helping to prevent heart disease. Whilst the word 'fermented' might be the most appetising, these ancient foods are packed full of friendly bacteria and much more, making a great and beneficial addition to your daily diet.
Fermented food recipes claim to be easy with not many ingredients, so we put the recipes to the test. We were after quick recipes so we took on Kimchi, Sauerkraut & Kefir. There were certainly some ups and downs, but will we be leaving it to the experts in the future or rolling our sleeves up again?
IBS Literature & Articles
If you want to learn more about IBS, we've got plenty of information. Start with our Nutritionist's guide to IBS where we cover IBS symptoms and causes, as well as a plan that can help you to find relief from IBS. We also have articles looking at vitamin D deficiency and the different types of fibre, and their links to IBS.
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