Glossary On Coping with IBS

Living and coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may not be all that easy since it tends to take a significant toll on the daily life and routine of the patients. However, some timely steps can go a long way in ensuring that patients cope up well with their irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Based on our experience of treating a large number of cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at Dr. Batra's, we have seen that certain changes in lifestyle and diet are very helpful to most patients. Discussed here are some of these clinical tips:

  • Keep a food diary to check for intolerances and avoid problem foods
  • Ensure that you have adequate Vitamin B (eggs, chicken and whole grains), essential fatty acids (fresh nuts, seeds, cold-water fish) and acidophilus (Plain yoghurt) in your diet
  • Avoid protein from red meat and unfermented dairy foods as these tend to be inflammatory due to the saturated fat content
  • Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol and sugary carbonated drinks
  • Avoid foods high in fast releasing sugars such as unrefined grains, confectionary, cakes and biscuits
  • Large meals can lead to increased cramping and abdominal discomfort so its advisable that patients take small and frequent meals
  • Do not skip meals
  • For patients who suffer from excessive problem of gases and bloating, avoid beans, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Drinking through a straw, chewing gums, etc can also worsen the gas troubles.
  • Exercise regularly, go for a walk or do yoga
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep daily
  • If you are stressed, try relaxation techniques such as meditation
  • Seek counseling from an expert if you feel you cannot handle the stress in your life
Irritable Bowel Syndrome