June 21, 2021 2 min read

Do You Trust Your Gut?

Now that restaurants are reopening, we can enjoy tasty food with loved ones again. For most people, this is an enjoyable time. But for those who suffer with IBS, it can be a time of worry and discomfort. Here we break down exactly what IBS is and share some tips that may ease symptoms.


What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system. It is often a condition that people experience their whole life. Unfortunately there is no cure but certain medicines and diet changes can help relieve unwanted symptoms.

What Are The Symptoms Of IBS?

  • Stomach Cramps

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Sense of urgency to use the toilet

What Are The Causes Of IBS?

The cause of IBS is not always clear but it is believed to be a result of;

  • Overactivity in the gut

  • Stress can often worsen IBS symptoms

  • Family history of IBS

  • In some cases, certain foods can also trigger symptoms

IBS Treatments

There is no cure for IBS but lets look at some tips that may help ease the symptoms;

  • Regular exercise

  • Don't skip meals

  • Eat slowly and mindfully

  • Stress relieving activities such as meditation, breathwork and yoga

  • High-fibre foods such as fruit, vegetables, oats and wholemeal rice

  • Increase water intake

  • Medicine - if you feel like you need to take medication, there are some over the counter options that should aid in relieving symptoms and help you prepare if you know you are eating out soon. Shop our range of Gastrointestinal products online here.

If you have concerns, please feel free to pop in store or call us on 0214310132 to speak with one of our pharmacists.