April is IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) awareness month. It is common for people experiencing this condition to be brushed off and told that is is all in their head. IBS awareness month is a movement to reduce the stigma around IBS, which is a real condition with options for treatment. We want your gut to be healthy and we encourage individuals who have symptoms of IBS to seek medical advice. Did you know…

  • IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder
  • IBS can occur at any stage of life and can come and go throughout your lifespan
  • 5 Million Canadians currently suffer from IBS and it is more common in women
  • Over $6.5 Billion health care related costs
  • Only about 40% of people experiencing symptoms seek medical attention
  • Individuals suffering from symptoms miss 13 days of work per year on average, which sorts about $8 Billion dollars in lost productivity.

People with IBS will experience chronic, recurrent bowel issues and abdominal pain?  These daily symptoms can affect the individual physically, emotionally and can really limit their ability to attain career and education goals.

Further research is being done to pinpoint the cause of this condition. IBS has no cure, though it can be managed through medical assistance and a change in ones diet. Here are some tips:

  • Eat high-fibre foods
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Try preparing fresh food at home as much as possible

Understand FODMAP foods. What are FODMAPs? This stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. Wow, that is a real mouth full of words! Put more simply FODMAPs are carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are poorly absorbed by the body and cause or worsen IBS symptoms.

Look for foods that are low in FODMAPs to reduce and help manage an unhappy gut. Check out these high FODMAP foods to reduce or avoid and the low FODMAP foods that are good to eat.

*Fody Foods have a great selection of delicious low FODMAP snacks, sauces and foods.

An unhappy gut doesn’t only affect the individuals who experience symptoms, it affects all of us. If you are experiencing symptoms of IBS or know someone who is, we encourage seeking medical attention to start on the path to a happier and more comfortable life.