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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, long-term condition of the digestive system.
The symptoms can vary between individuals . Many people who have flare-ups can suffer from symptoms that last a few days to a few weeks. It is normally aggravated by stress and a poor diet.
IBS is believed to affect up to one in five people at some point during their life, and it normally occurs between 20 and 30 years of age. It is also believed that twice as many women are affected as men.
Symptoms of IBS:
- Back pain
- Bloating, cramping
- Change in your bowel habits
- Excessive wind
- Low levels of energy
- Occasionally experiencing an urgent need to go to the toilet
- passing mucus from your bottom
Managing your stress levels, sleeping patterns and diet can help improve your symptoms. The best way to manage the condition is not to wait to have a flare up but to create mindfulness on how your digestive system is feeling. Treating your gut right can help strengthen your digestion.