03 Dec IBS – Are you suffering in silence?
The topic of this blog post is something few of us like to talk about but many of us women suffer from – that is – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Research has shown that prevalence of IBS is more common in women as opposed to men.
What are the symptoms of IBS?
- Cramps or pain in the stomach area.
- Constipation — infrequent stools that may be hard and dry.
- Feeling like you haven’t finished a bowel movement.
- Diarrhea — frequent loose stools.
- Alternating between diarrhea and constipation.
- Mucus in the stool.
- Swollen or bloated stomach area.
So as you can see from above mentioned symptoms, it’s not pretty to live with this condition. I suffered from it quite badly for many many years, it has dissipated somewhat over the last few years, but every so often I have some of these symptoms come back.
As a fitness professional I work with alot of women and many say they suffer with IBS as well. The problem is, as women, we are so used to living with discomfort and pain due in large part to the fact that we have our period every 28 days, which comes with cramps and bloating and sometimes even a bit of diarrhea. So you see, as women we put up with a lot of pain and discomfort on a regular basis.
But IBS is something we don’t have to endure. There are ways to treat those symptoms.
- You could change what you eat as some foods could be triggers. Keeping a food diary can help. Foods like high-fat foods, some milk products, alcoholic drinks, caffeine, drinks high in artificial sweeteners, beans, cabbage, and other gas-causing foods. Even insoluble fibre, nuts and chocolate can also cause it to flare up.
- Increasing your fibre intake may help to improve your symptoms of constipation caused by IBS. Foods that contain fibre include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Adults are recommended to consume 22 to 34 grams of fibre each day.
- Reduce stress – sometimes our levels of stress in our lives can manifest as physical symptoms in the body – so finding ways to let go of stress is important (so you really should come do yoga with me! Lol – but serious you should find a way to distress.
- Exercise is ALWAYS a good idea! It can even help to alleviate those symptoms.
- But if you are doing all of the above and still experiencing symptoms – it may be time for some medical intervention like a supplement or some form of medication. I always prefer taking a “natural” approach. I am going to try the Bowel Balance supplement to help with my symptoms. It is specifically for women but girls as young as seven years old could even use it!
A few ladies in my female strong community are joining me on this 4 week journey to try sort out our IBS. So stay tuned to my Instagram and Instastories to keep up to date with whether thi s product helps us.
Happy Healthy Fabulous
Photography: Hemisha Bhana
*This content is in collaboration with Bowel Balance