Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common long-term condition of the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.

The symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. They tend to come and go in periods lasting a few days to a few months at a time, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods

Do’s and Don’t’s to relieve the symptoms of IBS:

Try eating smaller meals, spread throughout the day. Instead of 3 meals, try 5-6 regular scheduled small meals.

Slow down; don’t rush through meals

Drink plenty of water, atleast 8 glasses a day.

Exercise regularly. A brisk walk of 30 minutes, 3 x a week

Avoid or reduce intake of any food that causes bloating, which may include:

  • Wheat & rye products
  • Foods high in fat
  • Drinks with alcohol or caffeine
  • Chocolates & nuts
  • Fruits such as aples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, mango, nectarine, pears, plums & watermelon
  • Canned fruits
  • Vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic and garlic salts, lentils, mushrooms and onions.
  • Dairy products such as milk, milk products, soft cheeses, yogurt, custard and ice cream.
  • Honey and foods with high fructose corn syrup
  • Products with artificial sweeteners

Dr. Syed H. A. Johar

  • Specialist Family Medicine
  • MBBS, MRCGP (UK), MAAFP (US)