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You may need to try a variety of tactics to help manage this complex condition. Here are five things to consider when you’re looking for ways to alleviate symptoms


Too much or too little fibre in your diet can trigger symptoms – but the type also matters. Psyllium (ispaghula), one that helps all types of IBS by normalising poos, is available in supplement form from health food stores. It may also improve symptoms such as bloating and incomplete evacuation. Start with 1tsp a day – it forms a thick gel when mixed with cold water, so it’s best combined with porridge or soup. Have it with 150ml fluid and check in with your GP if you need to take it for over six months.

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Eat to beat seasonal stress with festive foods that help you stay calm. Plus, learn how some gifts have changed lives and how to decorate your home with herbs. Showstopping vegetarian side dishes, the best chocolate bars for special diets and, in our special section, expert advice to help ease IBS symptoms.