Monday, December 1, 2008

Have You Got Tummy Troubles?

If you are often bothered by tummy troubles, one possibility mmight be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This doesn't cause lasting harm or lead to other diseases, but symptoms can cause problems for women. In severe cases, IBS can interfere with a woman's life.

  • stomach cramps
  • painful constipation
  • gas
  • bloating
The symptoms tend to come and go and often follow a meal. They can also occur during stressful times. Women who also have weight loss, bleeding and fever should see their doctor.

Experts still don't know exactly what causes IBS. One theory is that women with IBS have an extra sensitive colon. It could also be emotional and stress tend to worsen it.

Controlling Symptoms:
You can control the following symptoms with the following steps:
  • avoid large, high fat meals
  • drink plenty of water
  • fill up on fiber to help prevent both diarrhea and constipation.
  • don't smoke.
  • try stress-management techniques
  • exercise regularly
  • stick to regular eating and bathroom schedules.
Hope this helps.