Up to 20% of the population have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which often results in embarrassment, withdrawal from social and recreational activities and difficulties in relationships. Positive and empowering, this book gives the reader the latest evidence-based developments in IBS, and advice as to management - especially diet. It explores a history of changes in the way we eat and asks whether modern diet may be responsible for `gut problems'? It also covers lifestyle tips, managing stress, getting exercise, working, resting and playing well! Topics include:
What is IBS? Causes, history, psychological elements
Digestion - how it works
Your current diet, including fibre, veganism, fad diets, paleo, raw food, superfoods and other food trends.
IBS triggers - dietary and digestive issues, food intolerances, etc
Diets for IBS - Carbohydrate-aware diets (eg FODMAPs), dairy-free, etc
Managing dietary changes - the practicalities
Lifestyle changes in IBS - alcohol, smoking, exercise, weight, stress. The cult of `detox'.
Complementary therapies, supplements, pro/prebiotics Staying well and possible recipe suggestions
The future, ongoing research, and useful resources