April is IBS Awareness Month

IBS Awareness Month

Many don’t know that April is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month!
IBS is a funny subject, not many people want to talk about it or post it on facebook, it’s a bit embarrassing unless you’re a Nutritionist.              1 in 7 Australians suffer from IBS at some point in their life, it is classified as a long-term or recurrent disorder of the gastrointestinal  (GI) tract.

Signs and Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Tummy pain or discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Flatuance (passing wind)
  • Diarrhoea and/o constipated
  • Nausea

IBS symptoms can vary from one person to another and can often show no pattern, so it can make life very uncomfortable.

Causes of IBS:

There are many causes of IBS including;

  • Stress
  • Imbalance in the gut bacteria
  • Food intolerance
  • Hormones
  • Some medications and illnesses 

There is no need to be embarrassed by your IBS and there is no reason you need to live with it! There is plenty you can do to help ease and control your IBS, but first you need to understand it. Why is it happening? When does it start? How often? The best way to really understand what is happening is to record everything in a symptom diary. For example, what time symptoms started, what the symptoms are, what foods were eaten, how you feel, external factors (stress, emotions etc).  This may be able to help you understand your triggers such as stress or certain foods. It is best to consult your practitioner as they can help determine the cause and choose to construct a treatment around it. Whether it may be stress management, food intolerant test, digestive supplement with speciality diets.
Just remember, if you have IBS there is no need to be embarrassed and don’t feel you need to live with it.
So cheers to IBS awareness month!

Stay well!
Lisa Widman the Nutritionist