What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

 

It is a digestive disorder that is characterized by a group of common symptoms including recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort, as well as changes in bowel habits such as frequency and consistency of your stool.

IBS is diagnosed when symptoms are present for at least three to six months and in the frequency of 3 days a month at least.


Main symptoms of IBS are:
Changes in normal bowel movements, including constipation and diarrhea.
Changes in the appearance of stools, including texture and color;
Swelling of the stomach;
Flatulence and belching;
Abdominal pains and cramps;
Nausea, heartburn or reflux;
Loss of appetite.


Exams: 
Expired hydrogen test
Food intolerance test

IBS Nutritional Treatment: 
Low fodmaps diet
Probiotic and Prebiotic Supplements

 

Some foods that we should avoid in IBS:
Milk and Dairy Products,
Gluten (wheat, barley, rye);
Refined sugar and flour;
Caffeine and alcohol;
Common allergens;
Spicy foods;
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