Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been around for decades and centuries. Recently, a breakthrough has been discovered in a form of a new diet that helps relieve the pain experienced by Irritable Bowel sufferers.
This condition causes pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. According to the NHS, the debilitating illness is present in one in eight people though some of them have not been officially diagnosed. It is said that it is most likely to be present in women than in men.
“My theory is that female hormones have an effect on the gastrointestinal system, so men are protected. When men do get IBS, it tends to be the diarrheal form, not the pain-predominant form,” world expert Professor Peter Whorwell states.
As per Washington Post, four types of poorly absorbed, fermentable carbohydrates also known as FODMAPs have been distinguished by scientists as the cause of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome’s symptoms. FODMAP stands for fermentable, Oligosaccharides which are found in wheat, rye, beans and vegetables, Disaccharides which are found in milk, Monosaccharides which are found in honey, corn syrup and some fruits, and lastly, Polyols which are found in some vegetables and fruits.
Those with normal bowel will easily break down and absorb carbohydrates, but for a person suffering the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, some of the FODMAPs are not. It can draw water to the intestines and cause bloating and pain. If these get stuck in your gut, it can be fermented and converted to gas, which can cause the symptoms worsen.
A recommendation from Stuff.co.nz, states that those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome should be wary of their fiber intake. Intake of bran and high fiber cereals should be lessened or cut down to prevent the symptoms. Sufferers are also advised to stick to a diet that restricts FODMAPs or even try hypnotherapy to ease the pain. This breakthrough will be changing the lives of many Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers for the years to come.