What’s IBS and do you have it?

by | May 4, 2022

The human body consists of many parts working together to ensure a healthy, strong immune system. (This is obviously if it’s treated with respect and given all the right ‘fuel’ and nutrients it needs). However, sometimes things go wrong, and the balance needed for good health is upset, causing sickness or a debilitating illness.

One of these conditions is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), affecting around 8% of South Africans. Despite this, many aren’t aware of what defines IBS. This is one of the reasons why IBS Awareness Month was created – to inform the public better and banish the stigma associated with the condition.



  • Recurring diarrhoea
  • Constipation issues
  • Low energy
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Cramps and abdominal discomfort
  • Bloated, gassy feeling
  • Weight loss
  • Anaemia
  • Bleeding rectum
  • Sleep problems


Do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, you’re likely living with IBS. As the statistics show, you aren’t alone. But a correct IBS diagnosis is step one in getting treated for this sometimes debilitating condition (and ruling out various other gut issues, such as celiac disease, which might cause similar symptoms).



  • Certain medication
  • Emotional trauma or stress (often during childhood)
  • Bacterial build-up in the intestines
  • Bad gastroenteritis (diarrhoea)
  • Nervous system issues
  • Fluctuating gut microbes (fungi, bacteria and viruses)


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