• Yasmin Norazharuddin

A practical diet for IBS

If you just found out that you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you are not the only one. In fact, approximately 11% of the worldwide population understands you. If you are a young woman and gas and bloating embarrass you, here is an interesting fact. Females are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to have this condition as opposed to men, and this condition affects the younger population more ageing 20-30 years old (1,2).

Apart from the discomfort, there is a raise of burden in terms of cost and quality of life, too. A study has shown participants from the UK recording 51.5% loss in work productivity due to IBS, compared to 27.7% for participants from Spain (3). Since IBS is an inter-related condition where the gut-brain interactions are disturbed, IBS patients have to balance both mental and physical aspects in life (4). So many things to have on one little plate!

Living with IBS during this era is a blessing with all the research and guides available with a tap of the finger. However, there are challenges that come alongside personal challenges to the environment. IBS can be time-consuming as you have to be particular about your food because you know.. a lot of foods trigger you. Well, that's what 84% of IBS patients have reported anyway (4) So long, 2-minute microwave meals.