Our digestive tract plays an important role in our health. The primary functions of our digestive system are to digest food and extract the nutrients from the food we eat.
There are a number of disorders that can affect the proper functioning of our digestive system including coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, bowel cancer as well as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder that can affect one in seven adults. Symptoms of IBS can include wind, constipation, bloating, tummy pain, constipation and/or diarrhoea. These issues can cause someone a lot of stress and interfere with their daily lives. It is vital to discuss the symptoms of IBS with your medical professional to exclude other serious gastrointestinal symptoms such as inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease and bowel cancer. Also, it is interesting to note that endometriosis can mimic the symptoms of IBS. Therefore it is really important not to ‘self-diagnose’ and if these are issues you are experiencing, seek medical advice.