5 tips to deal with IBS symptoms in your family

by Sandrine, 01/02/2020

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the medical term given to a series of unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. According to the IBS network (1), it affects around a third of the population at some point in their lives and about one in ten people suffer symptoms severe enough to seek medical help.

The exact cause of IBS is unknown but it is usually linked to food sensitivities or overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

Symptoms include abdominal pain or discomfort, cramping, diarrhoea and / or constipation.

Top tips to support anyone suffering from IBS symptoms

1. Reduce stress 

Plan the day and stay organised to help your family member cope with the unexpected. Feeling stressed can have an impact on the digestion and will cause discomfort at some point during the day.

2. Eat calmly


Picture: Heather Weston

Try to have set meals for your family. Encourage everyone to eat slowly and to chew properly in order to support the digestion.

3. Avoid fizzy and sweetened drinks as they aggravate IBS symptoms.

4. Get moving

Any physical activity will help with digestion. If your children spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, encourage physical activities daily. Get them to play outside in the garden or in the local park or take them for a cycle ride.

5. Prevent it

If certain foods cause IBS symptoms to flare up, it is essential to avoid these foods. A diet that is low in FODMAPs (2) and insoluble fibre reduces the symptoms and improve the quality of life of IBS sufferers.

For more information for FODMAPs foods, read my guest post on the SuperWellness website.

Please note that the FODMAP diet is very restrictive and should not be followed for more than 4 to 6 weeks without the support from a healthcare professional. If someone in your family is suffering from IBS, consulting a Nutritional Therapist is recommended to identify a suitable diet that will provide all necessary nutrients. Too many people suffer in silence and try to cope. Don’t let this condition affect your life or the life of your family.

If you are concerned about a family member and wish to discuss their symptoms, why not book a free telephone consultation today.

(1) The IBS Network (2016), What is IBS, available at: http://www.theibsnetwork.org/what-is-ibs/ accessed on 15th March 2016
(2) Stanford University Medical Centre (2014) The Low FODMAP diet. [Leaflet]. Available at: http://fodmapliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Stanford-University-Low-FODMAP-Diet-Handout.pdf Accessed on 15th March 2016
image_pdfOpen in PDFimage_printPrint
Spread the love

No Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked *

    You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


    About me

    Find me on Instagram

    This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

    Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. New posts will not be retrieved.

    There may be an issue with the Instagram access token that you are using. Your server might also be unable to connect to Instagram at this time.

    Error: No posts found.

    Make sure this account has posts available on instagram.com.

    Click here to troubleshoot

    Error: admin-ajax.php test was not successful. Some features may not be available.

    Please visit this page to troubleshoot.

    Link with me

    Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On Instagram

    By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.