When you first discover you have irritable bowel syndrome – IBS, it can feel like it’s going to be a disruptive presence in your whole life. Many people dealing with the syndrome deal with embarrassment not just because of the symptoms but because they feel like it can limit the things they used to love. Food is one of those areas where they can feel greatly limited. However, foodies can still enjoy a full and broad palette. With the tips below, you can go on loving your cooking and loving your food.
Eat more gut healthy foods
IBS means that you’re a lot more susceptible to symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and bowel movement issues. But what causes these problems? Often, it’s down to the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. There are two areas you can tackle with food, here. Probiotic foods like miso and Greek yoghurt are the most obvious. But you should also look at prebiotic foods that make your gut a more fertile place for new bacteria to find a home. These foods include more raw vegetables like onions, leeks, and garlic.
Know what sets you off
There are a lot of foods that you should try to eat less of, in general. Insoluble fibres like grains and root vegetables can give your digestive system a lot of work. Meanwhile natural fats like in dairy and fructose-heavy fruits can lead to diarrhoea, especially since a lot of people with IBS are lactose intolerant. It’s a good idea to keep note of your trigger foods, however. Not all foods that one individual might react to might be off-limits for another. You can find your safe foods. Just make sure to use them in moderation.
Treat the IBS
The syndrome isn’t something that necessarily needs to be avoided. Yes, it’s incurable and lifestyle plays a big role in alleviating symptoms. But irritable bowel syndrome treatment goes a lot further than being aware of what you’re not allowed to do. Some of the most effective supplements and over-the-counter medications will make the symptoms less likely but they’ll also introduce more of the probiotics mentioned above. This helps you deal not only with the immediate worries of IBS but some of the underlying causes as well.
How are you eating?
It’s not just what you eat that matters but how you eat, too. For instance, stress can shut down the effectiveness of your digestive system, meaning that you had best make sure you’re only eating in comfortable environments and after you’ve had some time to cool down from the stresses of work. Eating habits need to be made more orderly, too. Eat slower and chew more to make the food you digest less of a hassle for your digestive system. Schedule your meals, too. Your body has a natural clock that adapts to your schedule. However, if you don’t have a schedule to adapt to, you’re constantly taking your tummy by surprise.
IBS does need to be worked around and worked with, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your enjoyment of food. Hopefully, the tips above help you out.