Ask an expert

03 Apr 2006

IBS/Spastic colon
I have been diagnosed with IBS but the doctor's are not very good at giving advice on food and I cannot afford the medication. Please can you give me some advice on how and what to eat. I get very bad stomach pains and I have identified my trigger food as sugar and fat. Those are the 2 worst. I have been trying herbal remedies like blackforest tea and rosemary oil to help with the constipation but it would be nice to control it with the eating only.
Answer 558 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Lauls
Go back to the dr and ask him to prescribe the generic equivalents of the medicines used to treat IBS because you need an antispasmodic to help your gi tract to relax and the generics are much cheaper. If you can possibly afford at least one consultation with a clinical dietitian I would recommend this to you because you want to control the condition with diet alone, so this would be money well spent. Two of the most important factors in IBS are a lack of dietary fibre and stress. To increase your dietary fibre intake and obtain tips about this condition, click on ‘Diet', ‘You are what you eat' and "Healthy GI tract'. If you suffer from flatulence and bloating, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems with a spastic colon (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, fruits that contain pips such as guavas, figs, etc). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. This is where a dietitian would be able to assist you a great deal (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). For tips on how to reduce your fat intake (seeing that you have identified fat as one of your problem foods already), click on 'You are what you eat' and read the 'Healthy Heart' section.To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
Best regards
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.