You may have heard someone say they have a "touchy stomach" or a "sensitive stomach". A lot of Canadian’s experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. In fact, Canada has one of the highest prevalences globally at an estimated 18% versus 11% globally. Unfortunately, it can take on average 4 years to receive a definitive diagnosis. Living with IBS can interfere with one’s everyday life as symptoms can cause frequent bathroom visits, or struggling with feeling uncomfortable due to bloating, gas or constipation. One of the most effective ways of helping manage IBS symptoms is doing a high FODMAP the elimination, and reintroduction of FODMAP foods. This diet allows one to find food triggers. Reducing intake of high FODMAP trigger foods can help alleviate IBS symptoms up to 70%.
What Exactly is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal disorder of the gut brain interaction.
Symptoms can include the following:
The criterion for diagnosis includes:
Karyn Sunohara, RD, Chef and Owner of For the LOVE of FOOD