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10 Tips for Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


It’s estimated that irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) affects one in five Americans—or about 64 million people. The syndrome is associated with abdominal discomfort, with symptoms ranging from cramps and bloating to diarrhea and constipation.

IBS is often the result of significant stress. Typically, it begins during the adolescent years and rarely appears after age 50. The good news is that the condition is manageable. The key, of course, is to take care when deciding what to eat and drink…

1. Avoid Eating too Much in One Sitting

The larger the meal, the more you’re asking your body to digest. For a normal person, consuming a lot of food in one sitting is asking a lot of the digestive tract—it’s like handing a body builder a huge amount of weight and asking them to lift it. They can do it, but it won’t be easy.

People with IBS are at a disadvantage when trying to digest a lot of food all at once. That’s why they should try eating many smaller meals over the course of a day. Rather than having three square meals, make it five or six.

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