The Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. In our daily life, we also know this syndrome by the term nervous stomach, irritable colon or simply an irritable bowel.
By saying that an irritable bowel is a functional bowel disorder, we mean that only the function of the bowel is disturbed but not the bowel itself.
To diagnose an irritable bowel syndrome, or rather to exclude other disorders, a lot of different examinations are being made. In most cases, a colonoscopy, ultrasonic and an analysis of the blood are the common methods for diagnosing this type of syndrome.
If everything seems fine in the results of these tests and no other obvious explanations for the sufferance of the patient can be found, meaning that organically the patient is completely fine, they will most likely be diagnosed with the irritable bowel syndrome as they suffer from chronic bowel complaints.
Of course, it is highly reassuring when a patient can be sure they don’t suffer from cancer or any type of inflammation. However, this diagnosis does not help to make life easier for the patient. The symptoms will not simply disappear because other disease can be excluded. They will still influence the daily life of the patient and most times, even after the diagnosis, the affected person does not know what to do to moderate the pain.
Approximately 5-11% of the population suffer from an irritable bowel. The symptoms of this syndrome include diarrhea as well as stomachache, a feeling of fullness, gastric pyrosis and nausea.
There are different types of irritable bowel syndrome-patients: patients suffering from diarrhea due to their disorder, patients suffering from constipation and patients who suffer from diarrhea as well as constipation.
Frusano has tips for all kinds of types. We can help you to live happier and freer with your irritable bowel syndrome.
The best diet for an irritable bowel—finally eating better again
There is no reason for an irritable bowel syndrome. However, there is evidence that certain types of foods cause the symptoms of the syndrome. Real allergies to foods are rare; most patients suffer from at least one intolerance, though.
Especially fructose intolerance is not uncommon. Poorly absorbed fructose can worsen the pain. In this case, the symptoms are very specific and occur only after consuming certain foods. Stomach aches, flatulence and diarrhea are the result after eating fruits or high sugary foods. Studies have shown that 74% of irritable bowel syndrome patients with fructose intolerances felt better after cutting out fructose from their diet.
Another type of diet showing high success when treating an irritable bowel syndrome is the elimination diet. This type of diet consists of restricting oneself from FODMAP for example. Since the intolerance of certain food components has a negative effect on the digestive tract, omitting those parts that cannot be processed by the patient helps with an irritable bowel.
The choice of the perfect diet is an individual decision. Even with the irritable bowel diet, it is important to find the perfect foods that do not negatively affect the bowel. Therefore, knowledge about fructose malabsorption, the FODMAP diet and FODMAP foods can be very helpful.
The right choice of the right food can be a great success for the quality of life of an irritable bowel syndrome patient!