April is IBS awareness month! At Core HQ, we thought this provided a great opportunity to spread some knowledge about IBS and what it’s really like for those who suffer from it.
We are also going to share information on how you can improve your gut health to help relieve the symptoms of IBS or similar digestive-related problems.
What Is IBS?
IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome. It is a condition that affects the gut and digestive system and can cause very unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Stomach pain
IBS is far more common than you may think, affecting around 20% of the UK population. Despite this, there is currently no specific treatment or cure for IBS since it isn’t considered dangerous or life-threatening.
This can feel extremely frustrating for IBS sufferers - once diagnosed, they are almost left in the dark to try and deal with the condition on their own. Many may feel alone or lost, not knowing what to do, and the condition often lasts a lifetime which may be hard to come to terms with.
That’s why IBS awareness month is important - to raise awareness and help those affected to feel less alone and discover the support that may help coping and dealing with the condition.
What Causes IBS?
The symptoms of IBS tend to come and go, lasting hours, days, or weeks at a time. These ‘flare ups’ can be triggered by different ingredients or situations depending on the person, for example eating a certain type of food, or experiencing more stress than usual.
The exact cause of IBS is currently unknown, but it has been linked to the following:
- Food passing through the gut too quickly or too slowly
- Oversensitive nerves in the gut
- A family history of IBS
Like we mentioned previously, IBS can’t be cured. However, there are a few lifestyle and diet changes that may help you to manage your symptoms...
How to Manage Symptoms of IBS
IBS is slightly different for different people, meaning there isn’t one definite way to control your symptoms. It’s worth trying out a few different things to see what works for you.
Here are some ways to help relieve the symptoms of IBS, all recommended by the NHS:
- Keep a food diary and record when symptoms flare up. This will help you to identify if there are any certain foods you should avoid.
- Try to find ways to relax and reduce stress.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Try to eat fresh, home-cooked meals as much as possible.
- Try probiotics for a month and see if they help.
We would recommend you try The Happy Gut Capsule - every capsule contains a complex blend of billions of live bacteria and yeasts that are helpful for your digestive system. They are the ‘good’ bacteria thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut, which could have incredible benefits.
Try them for a month, and see if they help! Shop The Happy Gut Capsule here.