Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an increasingly common syndrome with the symptoms of gut pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea. We don't really know what causes it but intolerances, certain foods, stress and gut inflammation seem to play a role. Symptoms can be managed by avoiding foods that cause flare-ups, exercising, reducing stress and changing the way we eat. Don’t skip breakfast; chew your food thoroughly and slowly and sit up straight when you eat. Read the full Health Topics column.
Certain spices can be used to calm the gut. Try cooking with cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cumin or ginger to naturally boost digestion. Try this soup containing ginger as a lovely "IBS-friendly" meal.
Roast Pumpkin & Pear Soup
500g Pumpkin (seeds and skin removed and cut into wedges)
1 tbs olive oil
2 cups brown pear, peeled cored and cubed
1 corella pear cored and sliced finely for sautéing and brushed with lemon juice to prevent browning
1 pinch salt
4 cups fresh chicken stock or water
2 tsp ginger juice extracted from grated fresh ginger
Cracked black pepper
Once cooked, transfer to a large pan on the stove, top with the pear cubes, stock and salt and bring to the rolling boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover the pan and cook 20 minutes.
When all the ingredients are soft, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before blending to a smooth puree.
- Place back on the heat and adjust the seasoning as the soup warms up. Pour the soup into individual bowls with a squeeze of ginger juice, crushed black pepper and serve.
1 hour 5 minutes