Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is one of the most common disorders of the bowel. It affects 15% of people in the United States, and is seen more often in women than in men.
IBS is a problem that occurs in the large intestine when food travels too quickly through the intestines, leading to pain and discomfort. It is a chronic, or ongoing, condition.
Symptoms of IBS include:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Urge to have a bowel movement even when the colon is empty
- Abdominal cramping and pain
- Bloating and gas
- Mucus in the stool
Symptoms increase with:
- Fatty, processed or fried foods
- Eating certain trigger foods (dairy, chocolate, wheat)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated beverages