APRIL is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month!
IBS is a common gastrointestinal problem that affects ~45 millions of people in the United States and 10-15% of the population worldwide. IBS is defined as having recurrent abdominal pain at least one day per week in the last three months with the following symptoms:
- change in frequency of stool
- change in appearance of stool
Other symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
These symptoms are due to a disturbance between how the gut, brain and nervous system interacts. A good way to manage symptoms is being aware of one’s diet.
Low FODMAP diet is a type of elimination diet that may improve symptoms of pain and bloating.
Foods to avoid:
IBS is a long-term condition that has occasional symptom flare ups. Although it can not be cured it can be managed, therefore if you are having these symptoms please see your physician.