Do you suffer in silence the symptoms of IBS? You’re not alone, one-in-five Americans suffer with you. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a common and chronic disorder affecting the large intestine, causing abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea and constipation and distinctly uncomfortable bloating. Another sad statistic is that only one-in-five of those who struggle with IBS seek medical help with their problem. Don’t let this one be you. Get the help available that will limit the hold of IBS on your life.
The risk factors for this chronic condition are interesting:
- Family history of IBS
- Being younger than age 50
- Being female
- Suffering with stress, anxiety or depression
Strategy for Success
Implementing a preventive strategy will allow you to limit the hold of IBS on your life. Focusing on your diet is a good place to start. Avoid foods that trigger IBS flares. These are general categories of foods that worsen IBS:
- Fried and fatty foods
- Refined breads and cereals, chips and cookies
- Dairy products – both food and drinks
- Coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol
- Excess fiber
Watch what you eat and you’ll reap the benefit of relief. Keeping a journal of meals, snacks and beverages will provide you with evidence of which foods cause you trouble, and which ones don’t.
You can limit the hold of IBS on your life by practicing a healthy approach.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sleep
- Relax at meal times
- Talk with a friend instead of suffering in silence
- Moderate stress
Drink plenty of water – plain water, eat small portions of healthy foods rather than large meals and avoid trigger foods.
IBS is a chronic condition, and you need help in monitoring it long term. For a holistic approach to managing IBS, contact Dr. Hagmeyer at Naperville Institute for NeuroMetabolic Solutions in Illinois. You will receive extensive testing and customized treatment by a highly-qualified, friendly staff dedicated to ensuring you receive the best possible treatment for your health care issues. For answers to your questions and an appointment to help you limit the hold of IBS on your life, call Dr Hagmeyer at 630-718-0555 today.