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What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome Information

IBS Symptoms
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    Food with a high fat content can increase the strength of intestinal contractions, which can be especially bad for those with diarrhoea

     
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    Fibre comes in two types – insoluble and soluble. Make sure you know the difference!

     
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    Drinking plenty of water will help soften and expand stools, helping both C and D types of IBS.

     
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    By keeping a food diary , you can keep track of your diet and identify foods that might cause symptoms

     
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    Alcohol is a known stomach irritant, but different kinds of alcohol may affect you in different ways.

     
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    It’s not just the caffeine in coffee that can trigger IBS. There are more than 1000 other chemical compounds in there too.

     
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    Bacteria can be your digestive system’s best friends. Make sure your microflora balance is right.

     
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    Pills can irritate an empty stomach. Unless instructed otherwise, take pills after eating.

     
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    Up to 50% of IBS sufferers have a psychological component to their condition

     
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    The gut is controlled by the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), the operation of which isn’t yet fully understood.

     
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    Anxiety and stress can have a serious impact on the symptoms of IBS

     
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    High-impact exercise like running can worsen IBS diarrhoea symptoms

     
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    IBS is a very personal syndrome. Something that is a calmative for you may be anathema to another sufferer.

     
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    Roughly 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. It is estimated that somewhere between 9% and 24% of all people suffer IBS at some point in their lives.

     
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    IBS can only be diagnosed by a medical professional.

     

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a sporadic and unpredictable disruption of the digestive system. Everyone suffers the odd upset, but if you regularly experience painful abdominal spasms, bloating, or attacks of constipation or diarrhoea, then you could be suffering from a condition that affects 10-20% of the population – IBS.

Doctors are not exactly sure what causes IBS, and IBS symptoms can vary in type, frequency and severity from person to person. However, one thing is for sure – the condition can be painful, embarrassing and inconvenient to deal with.

IBS occurs when the nerves and muscles of the lower bowel are not working the way they should. The bowel can become extra sensitive to pain and easily or frequently upset. Anyone can suffer from IBS at any time in their lives, but it usually makes its first appearance during late teenage years or early twenties. The people most likely to be afflicted are women between the ages of twenty and forty.

Unfortunately, IBS is a chronic condition - it can persist for some time or may reoccur after long periods of calm. And some people suffer it more severely or for longer than others.

Fortunately, COLPERMIN® IBS Relief is here to help. Nothing has been more effective at helping to alleviate the symptoms of IBS since it was developed 30 years ago.

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