No one wants to deal with the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS. However, IBS is a common digestive problem that affects millions of Americans.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants you to know what foods could be triggering your IBS, as well as how you can combat bloating ASAP! Read on as we offer some insight on the topic.

What Are the First Signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Every case of IBS is unique, so no two people will experience the exact same symptoms. But one of the first indicators for most people that they may have IBS is intense abdominal pain or cramping.

Other symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, changes in bowel movements, gas and bloating. Depending on your individual case of IBS, you’ll likely experience either diarrhea orconstipation, although some people do have both.

Foods That Trigger IBS Attacks

  • Fiber-filled foods
  • Food and drinks with chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fructose or sorbitol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Large meals
  • Fried and fatty foods

Why Do I Feel Bloated All the Time?

Bloating happens when the digestive tract becomes filled with air or gas, which is extremely uncomfortable. The condition can happen for a number of reasons.

For one, it can be the foods you eat, as some foods produce more gas more than others. Beans and green veggies are common causes of gas. In addition, it could also be caused if you have issues with dairy, commonly known as lactose intolerance.

Ways to Eliminate Bloating

  • Go for a walk.
  • Try yoga poses.
  • Use peppermint capsules.
  • Try gas relief capsules.
  • Try abdominal massage.
  • Use essential oils.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Increase fiber gradually.

Are your digestive problems getting out of control? Visit AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today for a medical examination and treatment plan. No appointment is needed.