Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder. The data suggests anywhere from 10-15% of Indians struggle with this condition. While it can cause debilitating pain, IBS is a functional bowel disorder, meaning there are no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem. Common signs and symptoms of IBS include frequent abdominal discomfort and/or pain, spastic colon, gas and/or bloating, diarrhea, constipation etc.
Recent research has also highlighted the importance of vitamin D optimization in this condition. It suggests that low vitamin D status is common among the IBS population and merits assessment and rectification for general health reasons alone.
Aside from optimizing our vitamin D level, it would be wise to evaluate our diet a bit further. Avoiding gluten is an important first step in treating this condition, but avoiding GMO foods loaded with glyphosate and other pesticides may be equally important.