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Understanding and managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder. It affects the large intestine and causes abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. Symptoms of IBS include bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. It is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but factors like diet, stress, and genetics may play a role. A healthy diet is crucial for managing IBS symptoms. High-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help regulate bowel movements. Certain foods may trigger IBS symptoms, such as spicy foods, caffeine, and fatty foods. Keeping a food diary can help identify trigger foods. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is important for managing IBS. Regular exercise can help relieve IBS symptoms by reducing stress and promoting healthy digestion. Stress management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can be beneficial for IBS. FODMAPs are certain types of carbohydrates that can trigger IBS symptoms. The low FODMAP diet involves avoiding high FODMAP foods and gradually reintroducing them to identify triggers.
About the Speaker
Dr Bhavin Vasavada
Consultant Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon Shalby Multispeciality Hospital, Gujarat