Having Cerebral Palsy means we’re more susceptible to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There isn’t a test for IBS, but if we have around four or five of the symptoms, we probably have it.
IBS needs to be managed better around our diets. By eating the right foods we automatically cut down some of the symptoms. Because certain foods are known to trigger the symptoms of IBS, caution should be taken. Foods such as chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated coffee, soda drinks, dairy and wheat products, are all known allergens, as are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and beans.
Foods containing fat, may also be a problem for some IBS sufferers. If anyone is lactose intolerant, it’s important they cut out yoghurts from their diet and instead substitute it for lactose free milk. Eating small amounts of products containing milk, or combining them with other foods may help, although for some of us, taking foods out that contain dairy, may work better.
Probiotics that helps by breaking down lactose is a good supplement to take. It’s important for all Irritable Bowel sufferers that we eat foods that we know are right that don’t give us the abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or flatulence.
Stress can also be a trigger for IBS, something we cannot always avoid, so it’s equally important we reduce stress and stressful situations. Probiotics are also found in yoghurts and drinks that contain ‘live cultures,’ but caution is asked for, as these contain sugar. Sugar unfortunately is known to make Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse. Digestive Enzymes are also used to help combat IBS.
Fibre may help Irritable Bowel, although for some fiber can make their Irritable Bowel worse. It’s always good to experiment to see what works. If introducing fibre into the diet, it should be introduced slowly. Examples of food containing fibre include beans, vegetables, wholegrain and fruit.
If you’re not sure about your symptoms or your symptoms change, it’s always best to consult a doctor. A doctor can help rule out other more serious condition such as Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which are both forms of Colon Cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.