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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). What is it? Plus our top tips for digestive health

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

is a collection of any of the following symptoms such as regular abdominal pain, bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhoea. The cause is deemed "unknown", but what we do know is that factors such as emotional stress, infection and certain foods can aggravate this condition.

Did you know? Around 1 in 5 Australians experience the unpleasant symptoms of IBS at some stage in their life.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

is a collection of any of the following symptoms such as regular abdominal pain, bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhoea. The cause is deemed "unknown", but what we do know is that factors such as emotional stress, infection and certain foods can aggravate this condition.
Did you know? Around 1 in 5 Australians experience the unpleasant symptoms of IBS at some stage in their life.
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Some common symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping that is often relieved by passing wind or faeces
  • Excessive wind (flautlence)
  • Diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • A sensation that the bowels are not fully emptied after passing a bowel motion
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Mucus present in the stools
  • Nausea

If you suspect you have IBS we recommend visiting your GP or a qualified dietician for diagnosis and to discuss appropriate treatment.

IBS is extremely common with almost 1 person in every household experiencing this uncomfortably and often debilitating syndrome. With such high statistics understanding the importance of a healthy diet that supports this condition is especially important.

A major component of treating / managing IBS is through dietary modifications. Many people find they can successfully manage IBS by avoiding trigger foods.

Common trigger foods can include:

  • Wheat/ Gluten
  • Dairy/ Lactose
  • Soy
  • Preservatives
  • Grains
  • Sugar
  • Nuts
  • Eggs

All of our Recipes at LLN are free from:

  • Wheat/ Gluten
  • Dairy/ Lactose
  • Soy
  • Preservatives
  • Processed Sugar

With many more that are also free from and provide alternatives to:

  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Grains

Visit our Recipes page for IBS friendly recipes.

Here our top suggestions to support a healthy digestive system and manage IBS:

  • Eat healthy and nutrient rich foods.
  • Stress management. Stress directly affects the functioning of the digestive system. Identify any stressors and seek support to deal with them.
  • Identify any food allergies or intolerances such as FODMAPs.
  • Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint is not only cleansing but is a natural anti-spasmodic helping to alleviate abdominal pain, gas, bloating and nausea.
  • Take a dairy free probiotic. Research shows that having a proper balance of good bacteria is important for digestive health.
  • Drink Aloe Vera Juice.
  • Exercise gently. Exercise your body but don't over do it. Over training can put extra stress on your digestive tract.
  • Peppermint Oil Capsules. Purchase these from your chemist to alleviate symptoms of IBS such as cramping, bloating, flatulence and nausea.
  • Drink Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural internal detoxifier and alkaliser helping to support healthy digestion. It is also an internal deodoriser which helps to reduce smelly gas.
  • Make sure you get enough fibre from green leafy vegetables, avocado and Chia Seeds.
  • Relax. Find ways to take time out for your body to rest and relax.
  • Identify situations that make you anxious as anxiety can directly affect your digestion.
  • Drink lemon juice in water. This helps to stimulate digestion.
  • Eat half a grapefruit. This helps to break down fats in food supporting a healthy liver and gallbladder aiding in proper digestion.


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