Nurturing digestive harmony: Managing irritable bowel syndrome

Embarking on a journey to conquer IBS is an empowering pursuit that requires nutritional wisdom and mindful lifestyle adjustments. If you or someone you care about is struggling with IBS, fear not – this article is your compass to navigate the path towards digestive wellness.


Understanding IBS: A journey within

IBS is a complex interplay of physical sensations and emotional well-being. Clinical studies have discovered the connection between the gut and the brain, describing the influence of stress and emotions on gastrointestinal function. This is why this approach doesn't merely focus on food – it embraces a whole-person perspective.

Nutrition strategies 

Friendly fibre

A colourful array of vegetables, fruits and whole grains is your ticket to a happy gut! Fibre acts as a gentle broom, aiding digestion and promoting regular bowel movements. Soluble fibre, found in oats, apples, and legumes, could help soothe IBS symptoms by providing a friendly environment for your gut bacteria.

Probiotics – your gut's best friends

Introduce probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables to your plate. These beneficial bacteria can work wonders in balancing your gut flora, potentially easing symptoms like bloating and discomfort. Studies have indicated that specific probiotic strains can contribute to symptom relief. If you have never eaten probiotic foods, please start low and go slow, as adding too much too soon may actually cause some bloating in sensitive individuals.

Mindful eating

Clinical studies echo the transformative impact of mindful eating on digestive well-being. Engaging in this practice has been shown to reduce overeating, alleviate symptoms of indigestion, and enhance overall satisfaction with meals.

IBS is more than a challenge – it's an opportunity to embrace a brand-new nurturing lifestyle.

Lifestyle tweaks for digestive harmony

Resilience toolbox

Achieve stress management by creating your own resilience toolbox, filled with anything that may help you to relax during stressful times. Try exploring time-tested methods such as meditation, controlled breathing exercises, or yoga to establish a seamless connection between your mind and body. Studies reveal that stress reduction techniques can lead to improvements in IBS symptoms.

Hydration is key

Every sip of water is like a drop of care that soothes your stomach and aids the smooth passage of nutrients. Think of herbal teas like ginger or peppermint as comforting companions that offer potential relief from cramps and bloating. Clinical studies highlight the role of proper hydration in maintaining digestive wellness. Adequate fluid intake has been linked to improved digestion and regular bowel movements.

Sleeping your way to better digestion

Studies have revealed that inadequate sleep can disrupt the balance of gut microbiota and exacerbate IBS symptoms. By prioritising restful sleep, individuals with IBS can start to navigate daily challenges more effectively and support digestive health. Create a bedtime routine, that works for you: stepping away from electronics one hour before bedtime, reading in bed or listening to a guided meditation.

Welcoming the changes

IBS is more than a challenge – it's an opportunity to embrace a brand-new nurturing lifestyle. By incorporating these strategies into your routine, you're taking a step towards managing IBS and start thriving again!


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Written by Valentina Cartago
London, W13

Valentina is a BANT Registered Practitioner, and a licensed practitioner for the Cytoplan Brain Health Programme. Her passion is educating the public on decreasing the risk for cognitive decline.
After years working with Functional Doctors, she is now focusing on her own practice The Italian Nutritionist, for 1-1 consultations and corporate talks.

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