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Getting a Grip On Irritable Bowel Syndrome!

Friday, April 20, 2012
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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME - is the most common gut condition that causes discomfort and distress, so much so that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome may be too stressed to function normally and be unable to work, go out socially or may even have problems while traveling. Irritable bowel syndrome is not a disease but a group of symptoms and is considered a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel does not work or function properly. Most people with irritable bowel syndrome find that symptoms improve as they learn to control their condition with diet and lifestyle changes that include stress management, getting adequate sleep and moderate exercise.

Doctors do not know what causes irritable bowel syndrome. They do know that with irritable bowel syndrome, movement of the digestive tract does not work, as it should. The nerves and muscles in the digestive tract become extra sensitive in people with irritable bowel syndrome causing cramps and diarrhea during or shortly after a meal.

•    Abdominal pain / cramping,
•    Chronic diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both as alternating chronic conditions
•    Bloating with gas, belly is distended
•    Mucus in stool
•    Feeling that you have not finished a bowel movement.
•    Stress and or depression.

Stress does not cause irritable bowel syndrome, but people with this condition are more sensitive to stress. That's why its important for people with irritable bowel syndrome to make small lifestyle changes and learn to reduce stress. This will definitely help relieve their symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome.

Can changes in the diet help relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

For many people, careful eating helps reduce or eliminate some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Dietary fiber may lessen irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, particularly constipation. Sometimes irritable bowel syndrome is related to stress and not getting enough sleep or adequate exercise.

Contact our dietitians who can help you plan a menu plan specifically to address your irritable bowel condition. The NutritionVista dietitians will work with your lifestyle habits, personal likes and dislikes and underlying health conditions to guide you through your daily routine. We recommend a three month package to evaluate your dietary needs, your current diet and lifestyle factors and then provide consultations to enable you to successfully alleviate your condition. (View packages)

By Deepika Kohli,
Dietitian Online,



User Comments

11 October, 2011 | Kutubuddin | Reply

Kutubuddin Thank you Ma'am & Sir, for your advice, will contact shortly Ms. Poonam, and will discuss about the issue in depth and get her advice on how to proceed with overcoming the IBS problem.

Thanks again,

08 October, 2011 | KUTBI | Reply

KUTBI Hi, can any one suggest, is drinking lots of tea in a day, can be a cause of IBS, Since i've regular 8-10 cups of tea in a day, and is there any NutritionVista dietitians package of IBS problem.

10 October, 2011 | Mrinal | Reply

Mrinal Dear Mr. Kutbi,
As Mrs. Iyengar pointed out 8-10 cups of tea could possibly be the reason for your gastric problems. Please contact Ms. Poonam, one of our senior dietitians at 98240-16939 and she will guide you further. Perhaps you might want to gradually substitute some cups of tea with other fluids.
Good luck.

10 October, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Mr KUTBI
Drinking 8-10 cups is rather a lot any which way and Caffeine, be it in tea coffee or any other beverage is known to trigger IBS symptoms, so you may want to drink decaffeinated tea only. Excess tea also can cause various problems like trouble getting sleep, kidney problems due to oxalates etc

For health benefits for IBS is mint, a weak one by using a tea bag or ideally some fresh mint, for just a couple of minutes. Strong mint tea on the other hand can increase digestive juices & aggravate your IBS.
Green tea aids in proper digestion. This reduces bowel dysfunction, thereby reducing IBS symptoms. Drinking 1 cup with a meal is the best way to get this benefit.Chamomile tea is also good as it has a calming effect on the nervous system -reduces stress and benefits people with IBS.

04 August, 2010 | Geetanjali Kelkar | Reply

Geetanjali Kelkar IBS may be in the brain, not in the mind. IBS patients usually experience anxiety, depression and are told that their symptoms of diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain is all in their minds. However, recent study from University of California, Los Angeles suggests that the brain contains an organic component to IBS and supports the concept of brain-gut disorder. Specific areas of the brain are affected that
1) Dampen the brains arousal system, patients tend to be over sensitive to bowel sensations.
2) Individuals are unable to cope with chronic pain syndromes
Nerves constantly send increased pain signals to the brain. The study has appeared in July issue of Gastorenterology

07 July, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar If you are suffering from IBS remember it shows up especially when you leat want it ..when you are under great stress. So when you have some important event coming up like an interview or exams etc, It is vital that you eat on time, eat a high fibre and balanced diet which is low on fried and fatty food. Sleep well and learn to relax. It will make it that much easier for you.

09 April, 2012 | rockey | Reply

rockey I am a long time IBS troubled person. incomplete feeling,frequent constipation, whole day gases and burp, acidity,etc. im physically fit, good exercise. unable to gain weight, and tired sensation common. endo n colono suggest everythng fine.the exam /compitition effect u said is prominent wit me. hevily stressed !!! especially excretion and constipation.

27 March, 2010 | Poonam Vaswani | Reply

Poonam Vaswani Hello Sara,
Adopting good dietary habits is crucial in relieving IBS symptoms. Often, different individuals with IBS react differently to the same foods. It is thus best to keep a diary to identify the culprits.
Usually foods with caffeine, alcohol, insoluble fibre ,carbonation and high fat content tend to trigger off symptoms of IBS because they are either irritants or stimulants, thus causing pain, diarrhoea, and gas or bloating.
Foods rich in soluble fibre are good for the bowel. Cereals (rice, oats, and pasta), potato, turnip, beet, mushroom, carrot, yam, squash, pumpkin, avocado, banana, mango, papaya, lentils & beans are good for IBS.
Insoluble fibre on the other hand, should not be eliminated totally & must be eaten in moderation, or to the extent that the body tolerates it. Large quantities may cause gassiness. Raw fruits & vegetables contain plenty of insoluble fibre. It is helpful to peel & cook foods with a tough skin.
Other common irritants are wheat, dairy products, red meats, citrus fruits & artificial sweeteners.
At least 8-10 glasses of water should be consumed every day. Small meals, eaten slowly are recommended.
Thank You for your query.
NutritionVista Team

26 March, 2010 | sarasen | Reply

sarasen Hi,This is sara,I wanted to know what food one should eat to get rid of Irritable bowel syndrome

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