Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Fact File
It is not known what causes Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) however it is suspected that the gut becomes sensitised over time to certain foods, additives, colourants and e-numbers.
Symptoms can be quite variable and include abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Symptoms tend to come and go. There is no cure for IBS, but symptoms can often be eased with treatment and a healthy diet. You can read more information on IBS at Patient.co.uk Trusted Medical Information and Support – more here.
The symptoms of IBS often reduce by eating a healthy diet and ditching junk food. Processed or junk food contains many ingredients which irritate the bowel and digestive system.
Top Tips to reducing your IBS symptoms
- Ditch all junk food
- Eat fruit and vegetables
- Eat plenty of fish, meat and vegetarian protein
- Drink 1.5 – 2 litres of fresh water each day
- Eat three meals plus two healthy snacks (for most people) each day
- Ditch processed drinks such as cordials and drink water or fruit flavoured water – found here
- Give up ready meals
- Give up jars of sauces
- Give up frozen junk food such as fish fingers
- Drink no more than 4 cups of caffeinated tea or coffee each day
- Give up sweeteners
For more health related topics please check out our healthy eating – the science page – more here
And you may like to read this article; Do processed foods make me ill? – more here