Diet and IBS
Monitoring what you eat is an important part of the management of IBS. Food triggers can vary from person to person. It is recommended that you monitor your eating habits to better understand which foods may trigger your IBS symptoms. Diet alone may not be enough to manage your IBS, but it should be part of your overall IBS program implemented with your physician.
IBS symptoms may be caused by the act of eating itself due to an overly sensitive digestive system, which causes your gut to overreact to food. Your physician may suggest eating smaller meals throughout the day rather than larger meals so as to lessen the impact on your already sensitive digestive tract.
The Distinct Nutritional Requirements for People Who Have IBS
People with IBS suffer from diarrhea, constipation or both. These conditions reflect the movement of food through the GI tract that is either too fast or too slow. This irregular movement causes poor digestion, malabsorption of nutrients and loss of electrolytes. IBS is associated with growth of bad bacteria and excess mucus in the gut, which can disrupt the absorption of essential nutrients. IBS is also associated with low absorption of certain sugars, and healthcare professionals recommend restricting sugars, such as fructose, and gradually increasing fiber in the diet, starting with 2-3 grams per day.
IBgard® is specifically formulated to meet the distinctive nutritional requirements of IBS that cannot be met with dietary modification. IBgard® supplies microspheres of peppermint oil to the small intestine, which helps to manage the symptoms of IBS and thereby enables proper digestion of food and enhanced absorption of nutrients.
Learn About New Management Options for IBS
Presently, there is no cure for IBS. However, there are ways to help manage your IBS and its symptoms. Your physician may recommend management plans, which often include change of diet, stress relief and medication.
IBgard® is an option that may be incorporated into your physician’s management of your IBS and should be taken under his or her supervision. Once a plan is in place, be sure to follow up with your physician to monitor your progress and adjust the plan as needed.