Common symptoms of IBS include abdominal pains and cramping, bloating, alternating bouts of diarrhoea and constipation, and increased passing of wind.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown and it is therefore not possible to prevent it from developing. However, it is believed that certain things can trigger attacks and these should be avoided to alleviate symptoms. Some factors believed to trigger attacks include stress, a lack of dietary fibre, irregular mealtimes and food intolerances. It is also possible that bad food combination could cause putrefaction of the food in the gut and thus lead to bouts of IBS.
A natural remedy widely used to alleviate the symptoms of IBS is peppermint oil. This is thought to reduce abdominal pain and excess gas, possibly by blocking the movement of calcium into muscles in the intestine, thus easing muscle contractions there.
It is found that simple lifestyle changes can have significant effects on the severity of IBS and can even prevent it.
Some of these changes include:
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