What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterised by a group of intestinal symptoms that can occur together. These symptoms include cramping and abdominal pain, bloating and gas, constipation and/or diarrhoea.

Which foods trigger IBS?

Some of the foods that trigger IBS include:

  • Foods you have an intolerance to
  • Bread and cereals made with processed (not whole) grains.
  • Processed foods that are high in sugar and/or fat such as chips and cookies
  • Fried foods
  • Consuming large meals
  • Coffee, tea, energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages
  • Carbonated and/or sugary drinks
  • Alcohol
  • High-protein diets

Dairy products, especially cheese

Other Frequently Asked Questions

How long does IBS last?

Some of the foods that trigger IBS include:

  • Foods you have an intolerance to
  • Bread and cereals made with processed (not whole) grains.
  • Processed foods that are high in sugar and/or fat such as chips and cookies
  • Fried foods
  • Consuming large meals
  • Coffee, tea, energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages
  • Carbonated and/or sugary drinks
  • Alcohol
  • High-protein diets

Dairy products, especially cheese

What is IBS caused by?

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to exist in the first place is unknown. However, the good news is that most people who suffer from IBS are able to reduce their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress. Additionally, people with more severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counselling.

Research has shown that some of the factors that appear to play a role in the existence of IBS include:

  • Muscle contractions in the intestine – abnormal muscle contractions can move food too quickly or too slowly through your digestive tract. The result can be hard, dry stool for contractions that are too slow or gas, bloating and diarrhoea for contractions that are stronger and last longer.
  • Your nervous system – how your digestive organs respond to pain and discomfort can send signals to your brain to alter the normal digestive process
  • Inflammation of the intestines – your immune system can respond to pain and discomfort in your digestive system with inflammation. This can result in more pain, discomfort and diarrhoea
  • Severe infections – IBS can result from severe bacterial or viral infections that result in a bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
  • Changes in gut bacteria – research indicates that the balance of good bacteria in the gut may differ between those who suffer from IBS and those that don’t.
How do I clean my gut?

There are a few different methods you can use to help clean your gut including:

  • Using a specially formulated Gut Health Supplement like Gut Magic
  • Warm water and lemon – flushes out toxins
  • Intermittent fasting (up to 16 hours)
  • Eat foods that contain complex carbs and healthy fats
  • Consume foods that are high in collagen
  • Avoid processed, high-sugar, fatty foods and drinks
  • Reduce stress
  • Taking a probiotic or prebiotic

Some people who suffer from IBS are also worried about the long-term effects. However, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that IBS affects your bowel tissue nor does it increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Does drinking water help with IBS?

Drinking water can definitely help with reducing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Drinking water may help to soothe the stomach and can also reduce constipation. Since constipation is a result of dry hard stool, drinking water may help to loosen the stool allowing it to pass through easier. Additionally, if you’re suffering from diarrhoea, it is important to drink plenty of water as you can dehydrate from a rapid loss of bodily fluids.

Water, in particular, soothes stomach distress. On the other hand, caffeinated (coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.), carbonated, sugary and alcoholic beverages can upset the stomach and trigger IBS. These problem drinks can cause gas, make diarrhoea worse and contribute to the imbalance of good bacteria in your gut.