Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common life-long gastrointestinal disorder in which sufferers experience digestive discomfort in the form of stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhoea and bloating. These symptoms can occur for anything from a few days to months. There have been several links made between IBS and psychological conditions, such as depression and anxiety. This is thought to be due to the alteration of gut microbes, which affects the action of the gut–brain axis.
Although it is not known what causes IBS, it is known that dietary triggers can cause symptoms to recur – and these triggers vary for each individual. Studies have found that symptoms of IBS can be controlled, to some extent, through making dietary changes, and it is thought that eating sourdough bread may be beneficial to those who suffer from IBS. If you have IBS, why not try making a Basic Sourdough Boule to see if it helps improve your digestive discomfort?
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