If you think that you have IBS, the first thing that you should do is consult your doctor. It might be embarrassing, true, but that is really the best course of action to take. However, if you are like some people who would avoid going to the doctor at all costs, there are some things that you could do to alleviate your IBS symptoms. (Still, I am strongly suggesting that you seek professional help.) For your sake, though, here are some ways you can deal with IBS, courtesy of WebMD.
For some people who have IBS, certain foods may trigger symptoms. The following suggestions may help prevent or relieve some IBS symptoms:
• Avoid caffeine.
• Limit your intake of fatty foods. Fats increase gut sensations, which can make abdominal pain seem worse.
• If diarrhea is your main symptom, limit dairy products, fruit, or artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol or xylitol.
• Increasing fiber in your diet may help relieve constipation.
• Avoiding foods such as beans, cabbage, or uncooked cauliflower or broccoli can help relieve bloating or gas.
As you can see, these are only some ways by which you can deal with IBS. More so, these will only work IF your IBS is being triggered by certain food. If your IBS is due to something else, then the above suggestions may not really help you at all.
Another thing that could help IBS would be to exercise regularly. Aside from this, you can actually get medication to treat your condition. This is where professional help comes in.
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Originally posted on July 15, 2008 @ 11:56 am