There are thousands of individuals around the world who are suffering from IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome due to several factors. Most of the time, scientists and experts in the field of health care identify unhealthy lifestyle as the most common risk factor for the development of the condition. The signs and symptoms of IBS are treatable through dietary changes and lifestyle modifications but the disorder itself is not curable. Before treatment options are discussed by the physician, the patient has to undergo several diagnostic tests. Once diagnosis is made, the patient’s cooperation and medical efforts will be very essential to prevent complications and to avert the progression of the condition.
How to treat IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a long-term disorder which is only managed or treated symptomatically. The following are the most common measures on how to treat IBS and prevent the occurrences of its signs and symptoms.
1. Do not skip meals
Skipping meals is one of the most common triggers of IBS. When IBS patients skip a meal, abdominal cramping and pain can become much severe.
2. Do not eat large meals
Eating large meals can put pressure on your gastrointestinal tract and make symptoms worse. Most physicians recommend IBS patients to make use of small frequent feedings or the SFF diet to regulation peristalsis.
3. Do not eat food triggers
Food triggers among IBS patients may differ. Once you are diagnosed with the disorder, you should take note of the foods you eat and list down those which triggers your condition. The following are the most common triggers of IBS based on statistical studies:
-Foods and beverages that contain caffeine such as chocolates, sodas and other beverages.
-Foods with high-fat content such as French fries.
-Gas-forming foods such as broccoli and cabbage.
4. Regulate intake of dairy products and fiber
Although dairy products and foods with fiber can trigger the condition, patients should not completely avoid intake of these due to certain reasons. Dairy products contain calcium which is required by the body’s several functions. Fiber is also essential for the regulation of the peristalsis. Dairy products and fiber foods should be taken in regulated amounts to prevent the progress of the condition.
5. Exercise regularly
Exercising can help improve the function of your gastrointestinal tract and prevent complications associated with IBS. However, you should do exercises in moderation and avoid strenuous exercises to prevent pressure on the abdominal area.
6. Manage stress effectively
Exposure to stress is normal but it is very important for you to manage it effectively. When you are stressed, your mind does not function normally, affecting the function of several other organ systems such as the digestive system. If the digestive system functioning is always affected by stress, it will lead to progression of current gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS.
7. Psychological therapies
IBS does not just affect the body but the mind of the individual as well. If you are experiencing depression due to IBS, you should seek psychological treatment.
You should not let IBS hold you down. Although it is not curable, the condition is manageable. You just have to practice a healthy lifestyle and adhere to treatment modalities.