A typical flare up of symptoms can be irritating at best and debilitating at worst. This can especially be troublesome at work when your stomach starts to feel crampy and queasy, then you start to feel bloated and gassy and need to rush to the toilet.
Although the true causes or cure have not been discovered, there is hope for IBS sufferers. We explore five ways that may help control your IBS symptoms.
1. Follow a low FODMAP diet
FODMAPs are carbohydrates that ferment in the stomach. They are thought to irritate the stomach lining in susceptible people when eaten in large amounts, which can trigger IBS symptoms.
The diet cuts down on fructans (typically found in garlic and onions), fructose foods (including apples, pears and honey), galactans (which are found in beans and pulses) and polyols (common in sweeteners and stone fruits).
2. Consider the amount of fibre in foods
Depending on the type of IBS you suffer from, eating foods that contain fibre could either…