What is IBS?
It’s a condition where eating a certain food or having stress can put a strain on the digestive system. People may suffer from constipation or loose bowels as well as trapped wind and the feeling of constantly needing a wee.
How do I know it’s IBS?
You do so by keeping a food diary and noticing your triggers and consulting your doctor who may prescribe Buscopan: IBS relief.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptoms of IBS are:
• stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
• bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
• diarrhoea – you may have a watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly
• constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you can’t empty your bowels fully
There may be days when your symptoms are better and days when they’re worse (flare-ups). They may be triggered by food or drink. (Taken from NHS.com)
In 2012 I was having the worst summer holidays of my life. Every time I ate something I was either throwing up or constipated and this was happening every day. I had no idea what was going on. Then it was after I came home from a holiday abroad that I was diagnosed with IBS. I let it rule my life for two years…
My mood was low, I had constant cystitis and I was struggling to cope until a doctor recommended taking a probiotic. Well, I was amazed! Within two days my symptoms had eased. It was strange to be able to eat and not dread the next day.
Fast forward to today and I don’t even have to drink the probiotic anymore! Just lots of water and fibre. Occasionally it flares up but isn’t half as debilitating as it used to be.
If you suffer from IBS I so recommend drinking actimel! It’s lovely to be able to be adventurous with food.