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Irritable Bowel / colon irritabile

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widespread disease; it is estimated 15-30% of the population suffer from IBS related stomach upsets and indigestion at some point in their lives. While irritable bowel is not dangerous and does not lead to an increased risk of cancer, the symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and affect your daily life.
Symptoms of irritable bowel
Typical symptoms are:
  • Periodical abdominal pain 
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Irregular stools (which may vary from diarrhoea to constipation)
  • Frequent flatulation 
  • A feeling of heartburn and dysphagia. 
The symptoms are caused by a change of colonic normal muscle movements, so that the intestinal contents cannot be moved forward towards the rectum normally.

It is important your doctor has ruled out other causes of IBS symptoms, including gastro-intestinal tract diseases such as:
  • Crohn’s disease (Morbus Crohn)
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).
How do I avoid symptoms of irritable bowel?
Since the cause for irritable bowel is unknown, there is no treatment that can cure the disease, however there are a number of options to relieve symptoms. Recent research has shown that in most individuals, the symptoms can be remedied by dietary changes.

Low FODMAP-diet
The low FODMAP diet recommends reducing or avoiding a particular group of carbohydrates for 6-8 weeks. These poorly degradable carbohydrates can create an increase of air when broken down in the gut.

Read more about the Low FODMAP diet here

General advice
      - Exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
      - Drink plenty of fluids.

When following the Low FODMAP diet, it is important to ingest plenty of fibre to avoid constipation. It may be beneficial to supplement the diet with the crisp and tasty SylliFlor® Psyllium husks.

Source:
” Irritabel tarm - LOWFODMAPDIET - giver ro i maven”. Stine Junge Albrechtsen, Mette Borre, Lisbeth Jensen, Marianna Lundsteen Jacobsen og Cæcilie Gamsgaard Seidel.

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