Bloating, gas and mild aches are the most common symptoms of IBS and the ones most no sufferers associate with the condition. The good news is that treating these symptoms has become a great deal easier thanks to the the Low FODMAP diet. The diet is dealt with in far greater detail on our Low FODMAP website, ‘IBS Sano’, for which there is a link at the bottom of the page.
We believe that when you read the information related to the diet you will be able to understand the causes of your discomfort. In the most basic terms the Low FODMAP diet has recognised that certain carbohydrates are not absorbed and end up fermenting in the system. It is the fermentation process which stimulates the bloating and gas which is so familiar to IBS sufferers. As you will see from the website the diet is easy to follow and will make sense to most IBS sufferers. It does require a restricted diet, however the restriction is largely limited to an initial elimination stage.
The Low FODMAP diet would be our number one choice to tackle IBS related bloating and gas, however there are other things you can do to tackle these symptoms.
Natural products such as peppermint oil and probiotics are very good for most IBS sufferers, particularly those who have symptoms on the milder end of the spectrum.
Selecting a good probiotic is something we would recommend for any strain of IBS although the strength of the probiotic should be matched to your condition.
The strength of probiotics relates to the strain of bacteria and the amount of viable cells. We would not recommend a specific brand or number at this point as this is something that is unique to you, but do buy a good quality as it is definitely worth it.
Medication for IBS and in particular bloating and gas is non specific. By which we mean that most remedies out there treat generic symptoms for gas and digestive disorders as opposed to specifically IBS. While many of them provide great comfort from the condition we do urge that you consider trying the Low FODMAP diet. It does not cure the condition, however unlike medical remedies it does not just mask it.
Medication for IBS is almost always, formulated along that path. There are also pills derived from Ibruprofen which treat the cramps associated with IBS, however again they mask the condition, they do not help you to understand or to an extent cure whatever is causing the problem.
With IBS knowledge is power, so do try and move away from masking medication and try to look for something more long term. Many of the medications which mask IBS can be addictive to an extent. Not addictive in the physical, sense, merely they provide a quick and easy solution to a problem.
While that may seem harmless, most medications are not intended for day in day out use, so we do strongly recommend that you look at a path which provides a healthy long term solution rather than a quick fix. We also strongly urge that any sufferer makes notes of trigger foods and familiarises themselves with the list of foods and substances which have a rather notorious realtionship with IBS!
Low FODMAP Diet : http://www.ibssano.com/
Foods to Avoid: http://www.ibs-health.com/ibsenemies.html
Please note the educational material presented is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Consult with your doctor prior to starting any supplement regimen or making any changes to your prescribed medications.