Patient Education & Resources
At home remedies:
Although IBS symptoms are chronic, it is possible to minimize the symptoms with at home lifestyle changes. The effects may not be felt immediately, but the following symptom management guide should help with long term symptom management:
- Improve your diet by increasing your intake of high-fibre and low-fat foods and avoiding junk foods such as caffeine and pop.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat at the same times and do not skip meals in order to help regulate your bowel function.
- If you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, try to follow through with it.
- Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week to help reduce stress and promote the movement of the colon.
- Get lots of sleep, not enough can exaggerate symptoms.
- Relax. Adding unnecessary stress or tension to your day can exaggerate symptoms, try practicing a relaxing activity.
- Keep a diary of what emotional and dietary events trigger IBS.
FODMAPs are small carbohydrates (sugars) that are common in the western diet and are known to have adverse affects on people suffering from digestive disorders such as IBS. Eliminating these carbohydrates from your diet may help with reducing symptoms. The link below contains detailed information surrounding foods containing high amounts of FODMAPs and the patient demographic that should avoid eating these foods when possible.
To help get you started, here is a link with low fodmap recipes: http://livinghappywithibs.com/low-fodmap-recipes/
Canadian Society of Gastrointestinal Research, Bad Gut: http://www.badgut.org/
What is IBS?: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/multimedia/irritable-bowel-syndrome/vid-20084703
Understanding diagnosis and treatment: http://www.cdhf.ca/en/videos/video/101
Important information surrounding IBS: http://www.cdhf.ca/en/videos/video/12
Living positively with IBS: http://www.cdhf.ca/en/videos/video/52