Having to deal with an especially bad episode of Irritable Bowel Syndrome on Friday evening, highlighted a flaw in my less than perfect diet.
IBS is at best uncomfortable and at worse extremely painful, but can be managed if you understand and know the signs well enough. Some of the foods may be helpful to those of us who live and deal with the condition.
Come in the form of whole grains and include oats, rice, barley, millet, buckwheat and quinoa and are all considered safe foods. Vegetables are fine, but must be introduced into the diet very slowly. Stews, soups and stewed fruits consumed in small amounts are all good choices.
Include pumpkin, sunflower seeds and sesame, oily fish including mackerel, salmon, pilchards and tuna supply essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and cold pressed oils. It is generally accepted that red meats are to be avoided, as they are a major IBS trigger.
Such as organic chicken, fish and turkey are all considered good forms of protein that contribute to wellness for those who have IBS. Include live yoghurt in the diet, but make sure if you are okay with live yoghurt that it comes with no added sugar, as sugar can be a trigger for IBS sufferers. Live yoghurt helps encourage a healthy gut flora, which helps with IBS.
Helps encourage normal bowel movement, particularly if constipation appears to be part of the problem, which for many can be very debilitating. Fibre helps restore digestive balance. Foods include lentils, pulses and vegetables. For those who struggle with fibre, it may be a good idea to reduce the amount of fibre you consume.
Need to be consumed in order for complete digestion to happen and should be taken in the form of water, herbal teas or diluted fruit juices which are all considered to be good choices, but must be sipped periodically so as to avoid stress on the kidneys. Between 6 to 8 glasses is a good daily amount.
It’s not always easy, given our busy lifestyles to follow a perfect diet that incorporates problems around IBS, but the consequences of not getting the balance right, far outweigh the time and effort it takes to at least try.