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Helpful Ways to Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and cramping. Research suggests that around 10 to 15% of Americans have this disorder, but that statistic is hard to pinpoint since at least half of people with IBS do not get a formal diagnosis. Women are about twice as likely to have IBS as men.

If you have IBS, you are no doubt already aware how uncomfortable the condition can be. Here, integrative gastroenterologist Dr. Lynne Ahn shares some useful tips for overcoming the worst of IBS. 

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Best Nutrients for Good Gut Health

Microbes in your gastrointestinal tract make up your gut biome. The majority of these microorganisms consist of bacteria. Maintaining the good bacteria in your gut and minimizing bad bacteria is key to a healthy, well-functioning gut. The health of the gut also affects the brain and immune system. There is a very strong gut-brain connection, so what is happening in the gut also affects the brain (mood and cognition). In addition, a huge proportion — approximately 70% — of our immune system is in our GI tract.

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