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The rise of IBS

It strikes one in five of us and afects more women than men. But why is IBS now so prevalent?

Nasty cramps, too-frequent or too-few visits to the toilet, impossible-to-soothe bloating – these symptoms are probably all-too familiar, as 20 per cent of the UK population suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some point, with women accounting for two thirds of cases. We didn’t hear our grandmothers complaining about bloating, though, so what’s behind this now seemingly omnipresent complaint? One theory is a link to our increasing allergy problem. ‘Some people with functional gut symptoms have underlying atopy (a genetic predisposition to developing allergic diseases), and allergic diseases are on the rise around the world,’ explains neurogastroenterologist Nick Talley.

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It's time to go with your gut! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page expert guide which will get your gut health on track, from how it impacts the rest of your body to unlocking your microbiome. We investigate whether alcohol really is becoming the latest taboo, if we're in the midst of a loneliness epdiemic and why poetry can be food for the soul. Plus, our food section champions power plates, for recipes to nourish your mind and body, and reveals the art of fermentation - the biggest food trend of the year. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!