Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Bloating, constipation, diarrhea and gas.
In medicine, irritable bowel syndrome (also called functional bowel disorder or functional colonopathy) covers a group of conditions affecting the colon and, in some cases, the small intestine. It is an extremely common disorder.
Symptoms include recurring abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation (or both, in alternation). One of the diagnostic criteria is that testing has been inconclusive.
A number of other symptoms may accompany digestive symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, irritability, urinary or menstrual difficulties and depression.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that all tests have been inconclusive. Of all the contributing factors, food intolerances (see our article on Food Allergies), disturbances to the intestinal flora and a high sugar intake play the biggest roles.
Avoid wheat, dairy products, simple sugars, citrus fruits and fruit juices. Also avoid any by-products of these foods. Opt for vegetable juices and steamed or lightly cooked vegetables. You may need to avoid all fruits and natural sugars (e.g. molasses, honey and maple syrup). Avoid processed foods and junk food.
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