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IBSIrritable bowel syndrome, commonly known as IBS, is a functional disorder that affects the digestive system, particularly large intestine. It may be difficult to diagnose IBS, as the affected parts continue to look normal despite not functioning properly. Women are more susceptible to IBS, which usually affects people aged from 20 to 50.

Symptoms and Causes

Irritable bowel syndrome may cause the following symptoms:

  • abdominal pain
  • cramping
  • bloating gas
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • headaches

Though IBS causes uncomfortable symptoms, it doesn't lead to any extreme damage to the colon, nor cause any other serious bowl disease. The affected person may experience a feeling of incomplete bowel movement or excess heartburn.

Some foods may make IBS worse, including dairy, wheat-based products, caffeine, besides stress and anxiety.


A change in food and lifestyle habits can certainly help IBS patients. Take a probiotic supplement to relieve IBS symptoms, as the friendly probiotic bacteria help keep a balance between good and bad bacteria and maintain a healthy gut. Fibre also encourages growth of healthy bacteria and helps in speeding up bowel movement. Taking a fibre supplement may help ease constipation and IBS symptoms.