According to a study conducted about 20 percent of adults suffer from irritable bowl syndrome. It is a common digestive disorder and women suffer from this disorder twice as often as men. Irritable bowl syndrome causes many symptoms such as gas, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation and mucus in the stools. While some people face mild symptoms there are others who have had very severe symptoms accompanied by a lot of pain. Studies have not been able to determine the causes of irritable bowl syndrome but there are a few things that one can do to help reduce or relieve the symptoms and inmost cases the most effective would be to change the diet.
Drink a lot of water preferably about 8 glasses a day and keep your body hydrated. This also helps relieve constipation as when there is a larger amount of water in the body stools get softer and are easily passed out. Apart from water you can also consume fruit and vegetable juices as all of them are helpful in treating irritable bowl syndrome.
Vegetables and fruits should also be eaten whole as they are are good sources of fiber. Apart from having high water content they also add bulk to the waste material passed out by the body. This helps with both diarrhea as well as constipation. Increasing dietary fiber is a good way to treat IBS (irritable bowl syndrome).
Keep a food diary and make notes on what your daily meals consist of. This can help you diagnose what foods are causing the symptoms as well. Avoid taking those foods. Some people have problems with diary products, pulses and other foods while some have problems with caffeine or sugar. Once you know which food causes the problem you can eliminate them or consume them in smaller quantities.
Exercising frequently and reducing stress also helps deal with IBS effectively.