Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. While it often persists for an extended period, it’s not a life-threatening condition and can be managed with lifestyle changes, diet modifications, and sometimes medication.

You might have IBS if you have:

Abdominal pain or discomfort
Changes in bowel habits
Bloating and gas

The exact cause of IBS is not fully understood, but several factors may contribute, including:

  • Dysfunction in the nervous system that controls the digestive organs
  • Increased sensitivity to food or stress
  • Infections in the digestive system
  • Changes in gut bacteria
  • Muscle contractions in the intestine
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, often relieved by having a poo
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhoea, constipation, or both
  • Bloating and gas
  • Mucus in the poo
  • Feeling like you still need a poo after going to the bathroom
  • Make dietary changes, such as increasing fibre intake or avoiding trigger foods
  • Practice stress-reducing techniques, like meditation or yoga
  • Exercise regularly to promote healthy digestion

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