IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common disorders seen by nutritionists. Women are twice as likely to suffer from this condition. In IBS, the normally rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract become irregular. This interferes with the normal movement of food and wastes, which in terns leads to accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestine. The accumulation creates an obstruction in the digestive tract, trapping gas and wastes which leads to bloating, distension, pain and constipation. IBS can affect the entire digestive system, from the mouth through the colon.
Symptoms of IBS usually include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea, excess gas, mucus in stools and various food intolerances. Pain is often triggered by eating in general. As a result of IBS food and nutrients are often not absorbed properly. IBS is painful, however, it is not life threatening. Most people who have it can lead normal lives once they change their diet and replace deficient nutrients.
The IBS diet meal plan must consist on average 30% more dietary protein than normal, as well as significantly an increased intake of minerals and trace elements, which can quickly be depleted by irregular stools, particularly diarrhoea.