Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.
Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- A bloated feeling
- Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
- Mucus in the stool
For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.
Changing your diet will play an important part in controlling your symptoms of IBS. However, there is no “one size fits all” diet for people with the condition. The diet that works best for you will depend on your symptoms and how you react to different foods.
It may be helpful to keep a food diary and record whether certain foods make your symptoms better or worse. You can then avoid foods that trigger your symptoms.
People with IBS are often advised to modify the amount of fibre in their diet. There are two main types of fibre: soluble fibre (which the body can digest) and insoluble fibre (which the body cannot digest).
- fruit – such as bananas and apples
- root vegetables – such as carrots and potatoes
- golden linseeds
Foods that contain insoluble fibre include:
- wholegrain bread
- nuts and seeds (except golden linseeds)
If you have diarrhoea, you may find it helps to cut down on the insoluble fibre you eat. It may also help to avoid the skin, pith and pips from fruit and vegetables.
If you have constipation, increasing the amount of soluble fibre in your diet and the amount of water you drink can help.
Your GP may be able to advise on what your recommended fibre intake should be.
General eating tips
Your IBS symptoms may also improve by:
- having regular meals and taking your time when eating
- not missing meals or leaving long gaps between eating
- drinking at least eight cups of fluid a day – particularly water and other non-caffeinated drinks, such as herbal tea
- restricting your tea and coffee intake to a maximum of three cups a day
- reducing the amount of alcohol and fizzy drinks you drink
- reducing your intake of resistant starch (starch that resists digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine intact), which is often found in processed or re-cooked foods
- limiting fresh fruit to three portions a day – a suitable portion would be half a grapefruit or an apple
- if you have diarrhoea, avoiding sorbitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free sweets, including chewing gum and drinks, and in some diabetic and slimming products
- if you have wind (flatulence) and bloating, it may help to eat oats (such as oat-based breakfast cereal or porridge) and linseeds (up to one tablespoon a day)
In Ayurveda there are certain herbs which can help in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and those essential herbs are present in the basket of Herbalage Products and they are as follows:
And the above mentioned herbs are present in product range of Herbalage named Bowelaid.
IBS & Constipation Management.
Bowelaid is formulated combining the most sacred herbs explained in Ayurveda to treat chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome and long-term constipation.
- Helps treat chronic IBS, constipation, Indigestion, colitis, dyspepsia and hyperacidity.
- Addresses GI ulcers, chronic diarrhea, chronic giardiasis, amoebic and bacterial dysentery.
- Helps absorb nutrition and successful elimination of stool in routine.
- Lubricates and soothes the bowel and prevent from developing other chronic diseases such as ulcers, piles and fistula etc.
Triphalaid combines classical Ayurvedic triphala and other complementing herbs to ignite detoxification, cleansing and eliminating the waste from colon.
- Improves digestion, increase nutrition and strengthens digestive system.
- Helps eliminate waste in routine.
- Richest source of natural vitamin C, calcium and other micronutrients which helps attain good eyesight, soft, supple and thick skin, strengthen bones, reduce tri-glycerides and manage blood pressure.
- Regular consumption slower downs the ageing process.