IBS Symptoms

Tips for coping when your IBS flares up

This is totally situation dependent… you could be at home, at a music festival, at work or in town with your family, but whatever you’re up to when your IBS flares up, these tips can help: If you can, go and lie down somewhere. Whenever you’re feeling unwell, be it a stomach bug or IBS cramps, sleeping it off can …

Holiday beach

Travelling abroad when you have IBS

Travelling should always be an exciting experience – you might be going to visit friends, off to get some sun, visiting somewhere new… but for those of us with digestive disorders it can be an equally daunting experience. Being on time pressure to get to the airport, then to get through security, get to the gate, then being stuck in …

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Supporting those who suffer with a digestive disorder

Do you suffer from a digestive disorder, such as IBS or SIBO and just wish those around you were more supportive? Or do you know someone who suffers with gut issues? Well here’s a few ways how you can support them, as from personal experience a bit of understanding goes a long way. Dealing with IBS is exhausting, whether it’s …

Eating out

Eating out whilst on the Low FODMAP Diet

Eating out can be one of the greatest challenges for anyone following the diet, particularly through elimination. If you’re anything like me, you shy away from being really fussy in restaurants and just deal with the consequences of what you eat, rather than having to spend half an hour talking to the waiter about what’s in particular dishes and waiting …

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10 of my favourite low FODMAP ingredients

When I was first diagnosed with IBS and advised to follow a low FODMAP diet, I went and did what we all probably did, I ‘Googled’ it! I was immediately panicked and disheartened to see so many of my favourite things on the high FODMAP list, which I needed to avoid. However, rather than dwelling on what I couldn’t eat, …

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Top 10 ways to destress

Stress is a major factor for those suffering with IBS and other digestive issues. It has been proven in some cases, large amounts of stress (be it down to a new job, grievance or other factor in your life) has been the trigger of some peoples IBS. Whether your IBS started as the result of a hugely stressful time in …

Dealing with IBS at work

Dealing with IBS at work

Most working environments aren’t at all ideal for IBS sufferers. I have predominantly worked in an office environment since having IBS and it has thrown up daily challenges for me; from being in a client meeting where it’s quiet and my bowels are not! To being in the toilet cubicle whilst there are other ladies in the toilets and I …

Don't panic about IBS

Don’t Panic

So you’ve just been diagnosed with IBS and start to panic… well there’s no need to. In November 2015, my doctor told me I have IBS. I had thought about it before, had food intolerance tests and taken over the counter remedies for my symptoms but the flare ups were getting worse and more frequent. When I got the diagnosis, …