Chances are, if you or someone you love is the proud owner of a colon, you've experienced some GI discomfort at one point or another.
For those with IBS, however, the occasional bout of gas or bloating would qualify as a serious upgrade from their usual myriad of gastrointestinal symptoms. And seeing as the causes of IBS can range in everything from shock or trauma to infections, vigorous exercise, cancer treatment, significant stress or food poisoning -it's safe to say no one is fully guaranteed a lifetime of harmonious digestion.
In fact, according to this peer-reviewed research article, up to 10% of people stricken with Salmonella, or E. coli, or Campylobacter are left with irritable bowel syndrome, a “post-infectious functional gastrointestinal disorder” that can last for years - or even forever in some cases.
With all that in mind, I figured it was time individuals living with the complexities of IBS had access to real, simple, nutrition recommendations to safely navigate treatment for both remission and flare-ups.
Without further ado, your 5-Simple Steps to IBS Treatment/Recovery:
Specifically, gas and painful bloating are two of the top IBS symptoms we hear about as dietitians. And while passing gas 15-20x per day or experiencing natural belly expansion following a large meal are completely healthy and normal parts of the human experience, there are certainly folks out there battling these normal occurrences in abnormal magnitude.
So if you find yourself dealing with distracting, excessive or painful gas and bloating all day long, listen up. Luckily, there are specific tips & tricks we can implement to provide relief for both vegans & omnivores alike:
I hope you found this information healing in some small way.
If you're looking for more ways to incorporate healing produce into your life in practical, decadent ways - be sure to check out my go-to recipes in linked here, or visit my services page to schedule more personalized, one-on-one care.
Thanks for dropping by today.
This post was written & medically reviewed by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Grace Pascale, MS, RDN. Grace Pascale Nutrition.