Did you know that April is IBS Awareness Month?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – or IBS as it’s more commonly known – is a condition which affects the digestive system, generally causing stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, and in some cases, it can go on for months, which can cause serious distress and put a strain on a person’s mental health.
We wanted to highlight some of the symptoms of IBS, and how an intolerance test with Test Your Intolerance can help anyone who might be suffering.
Although the main cause for IBS is unknown, there are many steps you can take in order to prevent the symptoms.
The first step is to understand what you’re intolerant to. If you have been seeking medical advice, a doctor may have told you to keep a food diary in order to establish what foods may be triggering your symptoms. Test Your Intolerance cuts out the middle man and will find out for you. In just a few simple steps, we will analyse your hair sample against up to 600 food and non-food items and send you a comprehensive report of your results.
Once you receive your results, you can begin an elimination diet based on the information you receive to see if this alleviates your symptoms. One customer in particular, Claire, had been struggling with IBS for a while. After completing a Test Your Intolerance test, she left us the following message:
“I just wanted to let you know that since my results were confirmed as a wheat intolerance at 95%, I have cut out all wheat and lost 23lbs in weight. My IBS is nearly non-existent and I feel so much better. Thank you for such an amazing service.”
Claire’s amazing results prove that understanding your food triggers is a great place to start when preventing the symptoms of IBS.
There are also many other steps you can take, such as taking probiotics to help with the overall health of your digestive system, and making sure that you home cook your food from fresh ingredients wherever possible. Unhealthy, processed foods as well as alcohol and carbonated drinks can have a huge impact on IBS symptoms, so try to cut down on those, or learn how to make your own healthy alternatives from fresh ingredients.
At Test Your Intolerance, we want to help by establishing exactly which foods you have an intolerance to. But remember, if you are struggling with IBS then you should firstly seek medical advice from a qualified GP or Doctor.