Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common problem with the intestines. IBS is a health problem that is often ignored and whose real cause is yet to be found.

But people with IBS often suffer from bloating, excessive gas, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal ache, and infrequent bowel movement. What really happens in this is that your intestines squeeze too hard or not hard enough and cause food to move too quickly or too slowly through the intestines.

It is a common problem with women who can develop it in their 20’s. Here’s how you can minimize the problem if not cure it:

1.The best way to handle IBS is to eat a healthy diet, avoid foods that seem to make you feel bloated.

2.Avoid stress. Stress can trigger off a bout of IBS. Deal with stress through meditation and yoga.

3.Eat soluble fiber as it helps in both diarrhea and constipation. It dissolves in water and forms a gel-like material which is easy to pass. Try foods like apples, beans, citrus fruits and Psyllium, a natural vegetable fiber.

4.Eat whole grain bread and wheat bran to fight constipation if that is your sign of IBS.

5.Increase the fiber in your diet slowly. If you eat too much at one go you might end up with bloated stomach which is a trigger for IBS. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and chocolate, and fried food.

6.Dairy products can make your IBS worse if you suffer from lactose intolerance. So figure this out before chomping on cheese or drinking milk.

7.Keep a food and eating habit diary to figure out when you feel your best and your worst with IBS.

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