Can fasting trigger irritable bowel syndrome symptoms

Last Updated on March 24, 2023 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Fasting is a very important part of Islamic society. They come for one month of the year and in it people keep themselves hungry and thirsty from morning till evening. Yes, in other religions too, it is like fasting, that is, one finds oneself hungry for a certain time. It is present in all religions in one form or another.

What is it like to fast or go hungry in IBS?

As mentioned above, fasting is basically starvation, whether for a short time or for a long time, but the gut is kept empty.
IBS patients are also present in every country. It is a disorder which disturbs the digestive system. It disturbs in such a way that sometimes there is pain in the abdomen, sometimes gas, sometimes diarrhea and constipation and it becomes difficult for the patient to eat. He will show symptoms. And the patient cannot lead a normal life.

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Fasting or going hungry is very good for a normal person. It has many benefits. Peoples those have higher amount of fat can be benefit from fasting. On the other hand, it is difficult for IBS patients, to fast whole day, and symptoms like pain and cramping can start.

The main reason for this is that, IBS patient receives messages from the nervous system that either speed up or slow down the movement of the gut, which causes cramping, gas formation or pain.  In case of fasting, it is forbidden to eat anything, i.e., you cannot use any medicine. On the other hand, the food is digested and reaches the large intestine. In some cases crimping starts, which leads to increasing pain. Now this pain has to be endured all day long.

How to manage IBS in fasting?

If you are going through a process of fasting or starvation, you must first check your food content, to see what you are eating. Will go through trouble?
It is very beneficial to use yogurt and yogurt water, (probiotic) while fasting. Also, be sure to use Psyllium (Isbghol) at night. 
It is important to drink deionized water when the day is over, otherwise you may have symptoms.

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik

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