Common Myths About IBS
Don't let the common myths about IBS keep you from finding the relief you need.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is very common. In fact, it is estimated that between 25 and 45 million Americans are living with IBS. Two out of three IBS sufferers are women, and it can affect people of all ages. However, just because IBS is common does not mean that there is a lot of common knowledge out there about it. In reality, the opposite is true. IBS is widely misunderstood, and there are many different myths and misconceptions about it. When it comes to IBS, or any health concern, having the information you need is essential for getting the right treatment options, and that’s why believing those myths and misconceptions can be so dangerous. Luckily, the experts at Casa de Sante have set out to debunk some of the most common myths about IBS:
Myth #1. IBS is more annoying than anything else.
People experience IBS in different ways. For some people, the symptoms of IBS are mild and inconvenient, while other people experience symptoms so severe that it affects their quality of life. For example, some people suffer from intense bloating and pain caused by chronic constipation. This makes it difficult enough to get out of bed, let alone to go to work and lead a normal social life. People who suffer from severe cases of IBS may miss or school work, isolate themselves and become depressed.
Myth #2. A treatment option that works for someone else will work for you.
As we mentioned in our last myth, people have their own unique experiences with IBS, and that’s probably why there are so many different treatment options available. However, just because someone you know thrived on a specific treatment, it doesn’t mean you will. Whether you decide to treat your IBS by following a low FODMAP diet, taking medication or supplementing your diet with probiotics, it’s important to work with your doctor, dietician and gastroenterologist to find the right treatment option for you.
Myth #3. There are certain foods that all people with IBS should avoid.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, everyone experiences IBS in their own way. Eliminating certain foods from your diet may help you, but it may not help someone else who has IBS. Although there are some general foods that are thought to be more likely to cause IBS systems, which are called FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols), but again, this doesn’t mean that these foods affect everyone who suffers from IBS in the same way.
Don’t let the myths about IBS keep you from getting the treatment you need. At Casa de Sante, we offer a wide variety of low FODMAP IBS foods, including pantry staples, like salsa, salad dressing and spice mixes. Our products are designed to make managing IBS easier and tastier than ever before! Shop our low FODMAP foods online now, and be sure to stay tuned for our next blog to learn the truth about more myths.