Not a lot is known about irritable bowel syndrome yet, and what they do know seems to be conjecture. In fact, my clients often tell me that they have been told by a doctor that they have IBS and that they can’t help them. They get sent away either with band-aid medicine or nothing. However, some of the conjecture does seem to be pretty much on point from everything I have learned from speaking to hundreds of people with IBS, and that concerns the causes or triggers of IBS. There seems to be a co-relation between the onset or worsening of IBS symptoms and a few different triggers. I have discussed these in the video. If you suffer from IBS, see if one of them matches with your experience.
What causes IBS?
Welcome to this video. Today, I want to talk to you about the triggers of IBS, or in some cases, these things can cause your IBS to kick up a notch. The first is if you have a very bad gut infection that seems to then trigger IBS, and you could have problems from then onwards. Or, if you had low level IBS before that, it could make it worse. Another thing that seems to trigger it is antibiotics, especially if you have, maybe, a couple of sessions of antibiotics really close together, that really upsets the bacteria, the levels and balance of bacteria in the gut and that can trigger IBS symptoms as well.
And the one I see a lot in my clients is stress. We all have stress in our lives, of course. But we’re talking about that particularly stressful period, perhaps a divorce, the death of somebody close to us, something more traumatic than normal and especially if it’s prolonged, then that can trigger IBS. It seems very unkind that at a time when we need all our resources to cope, something else kicks in that causes us stress. Those are the main things that they have found can trigger IBS. But there is also a hereditary factor involved, they think. It does seem that it is more common in families. So if your mother or your father has it, there’s more likelihood that you could have it, or the siblings would have it. But they haven’t yet been able to identify completely whether this is an environmental issue or it’s actually hereditary through the genes.
But those are the main triggers. They’re not necessarily things that you can avoid in life. You can’t avoid stress. You’re certainly not looking to get a gut infection. Antibiotics, obviously there are times when you do have to take them, but you have to be a little bit judicious about when you do that. But when you find that you do have IBS, remember that there is an answer for your symptoms. So far there is no cure for it, but if you go on to the Low FODMAP Diet, you will control those symptoms and live a normal life like anybody else.
Thank you and goodbye.
Peanut Butter Banana Tarts
For weeks, I have been dreaming of making these little tarts but something has always stood in the way of their creation. Until now. On Saturday, I ploughed ahead and made the pastry, then whipped together a banana, peanut butter and Greek yoghurt, sprinkled in a few dark chocolate chips and a dessert was made. It couldn't have been simpler. The hardest part was pressing the pastry into all the little tins but you could make one big tart and avoid most of the fiddling. They were yummy scrummy and quite rich but low Fodmap and gluten-free. I served them with a little whipped cream, which could be coconut cream for those with a lactose intolerance. It cut through the richness perfectly.
- 133gms/4.7oz white rice flour
- 22gms/0.8oz tapioca flour
- 45gms/1.6oz potato starch
- Pinch of salt
- 1 heaped tbsp sugar
- 100gms/3.5oz butter
- 1 medium egg
- 1 banana
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- ½ cup plain lactose-free Greek yoghurt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Blend all the dry ingredients in a food processor.
- Add the butter cut into small pieces to the food processor and process until fine crumbs form.
- Add the egg and process until it forms a dough.
- Add a little water if it is too dry - this depends on the size of your egg.
- Remove from the processor and knead together.
- Press out into small buttered tart tins.
- Place baking paper in the base of the tart shells and fill with rice or dried beans and blind bake for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans/rice and cook for a further 4 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and slide out of the tins and leave to cool completely.
- Place everything except the chocolate chips in a processor and process until smooth.
- Place the mixture in a bowl and add the chocolate chips.
- Pile the mixture into the cooked pastry shells and serve or place in the fridge.