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What is IBS? IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS effects thousands of people across the globe, but many go undiagnosed. Roughly 1 in 6 people are living with IBS today. Although IBS is not life-threatening, the symptoms can be very bothersome and it’s important to seek a physician if you think you may have IBS. There are a wide-rang of options to help alleviate the symptoms.

Causes of IBS: Many factors play a role in IBS development and symptoms. Symptoms of IBS can be greatly effected by diet and stress, but the main cause of IBS is from abnormal gastrointestinal (GI) tract movements. This means that the GI tract

 There are many steps that can be done to help prevent and suppress the symptoms of IBS. Lifestyle change, and diet can greatly alter the symptoms for a more comfortable life. It is important to stay away from foods that are known to cause gas, and are harder on the stomach to digest. These foods include whole milk, whole grains, high fiber vegetables, dried fruits and legumes. Its important to keep up healthy flora in the stomach by taking probioitc pills or eating yogurt and kefir.

There is still much more research that needs to be done to help prevent and treat IBS. Although many studies have been conducted, there is still little known facts about IBS, what causes it, how to treat it, and prevent it. For now, the best options are to change your diet and life a balanced, stress-free lifestyle.


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