Home > Daily-tips Updated 02 December 2013 Irritable bowels? Try to relax An estimated one in five South Africans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Are you one of them? 0 iStock An estimated one in five South Africans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Are you one of them? Then you know how disabling and painful it can be. The disorder, which interferes with the normal functions of the colon, is characterised by abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.Take action:Avoid the following IBS triggers: wheat, rye, barley, chocolate, milk, caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Also eat smaller meals during the day and try to manage your stress. Meditation, private counselling, regular exercise and adequate sleep will go a long way to relax your colon. Visit our IBS CentreAny questions? Ask DietDoc More: Daily-tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Heart attack survivors have another thing to worry about - new research suggests they are more vulnerable to developing cancer Diet and nutrition 5 nutrient-dense foods that fit your budget Medical How a fasting diet could benefit your heart health Medical Why physical therapy programmes are beneficial Medical You’d never guess these famous people have ADHD Mental health Could psychotherapy work for you? Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.