Maybe you think “I have problems all year round. Holidays or no.” It’s constant and doesn’t stop. Well maybe it’s more than indigestion.
You may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS isn’t a disease, it’s a functional disorder, meaning your bowels don’t function correctly. It’s not certain what causes IBS, but nerves and muscles in people with IBS seem to be sensitive. (Turns out it's most common in young women)
Luckily IBS doesn’t lead to other health problems. (YAY!) Unfortunately the symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, whitish mucus in the stool, a swollen or bloated abdomen, chronic diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both. (BOO!) Not so great.
no cure for IBS, BUT there is a way to prevent IBS, and it takes a little
effort on your part. First off, don’t run straight for the over the counter anti-diarrhea
medications and laxatives, these medications may cause difficulty in the long
Okay so, some ideas suggested by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse are as follows: Drink plenty of water, keep a food diary to note foods that trigger symptoms (taking extra care with dairy, high fiber foods, fatty foods, chocolate, carbonated drinks, and caffeinated drinks ), keep a consistent meal schedule of small meals, and exercising regularly to relieve stress and stimulate normal intestinal contractions.
And finally, see a Gastroenterologist if self care doesn’t help alleviate symptoms.