Gas, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation: Sometimes these aggravating symptoms can appear out of nowhere, making it difficult to live your best life. It’s hard to conquer your day if you can’t trust your gut.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common condition estimated to affect 10 to 15% of the population. While there’s no cure, you may be able to manage your condition. Here are four tips to help you regain confidence in your insides.
- Monitor your diet. Keep a food journal, noting what you eat and how it makes you feel. Healthcare professionals have learned that following a low-FODMAP dietary program may help address IBS symptoms. FODMAPs are a group of short chain carbohydrates that cause digestive disturbances with people, most notably those who suffer from IBS. Check out The Regular Girls’ Guide to the low-FODMAP diet and Following a low-FODMAP diet? Here’s what you need to know about dietary fiber.
- Don’t skip meals. Some guts just like routine. Missing or delaying meals have been shown to aggravate IBS symptoms. Regular meals with fresh ingredients — just say no to processed food — may calm a troubled gut. Need ideas? Check out our gut-friendly recipes.
- Get enough of the right fiber. Trust the science. Studies (eight of them!) have revealed how Regular Girl’s fiber, Sunfiber, may help those suffering from IBS symptoms such as irregularity, abdominal pain, gas and bloating. Fiber supplements made with inulin, GOS, wheat dextrin and IMOs, may make you question your gut by causing additional gas and bloating. We’ll toot our own horn about this, too: Sunfiber has a Health Canada-approved claim related to its effectiveness in treating IBS symptoms.
- Find ways to relax. Studies have shown that stress can trigger symptoms and even make them worse. Researchers are learning more each day about how our gut and brain are connected! Take a yoga class, download a meditation app or do whatever you need to reduce stress (as long as it’s healthy, ladies). And make sure mealtimes are stress free. Save that budget talk for another time.
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