Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel SyndromeWhat is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract.

 

Although, the body is not suffering from structural problems, the gastrointestinal tract simply would not work well.

 

Some names that have been associated with IBS are spastic colon, mucous colitis, or irritable colon.

 

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The following are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome:

  • Food intolerances or sensitivities
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Drugs
  • Undigested food
  • Presence of parasites in the gut
  • Imbalances in the presence of good bacteria like bifidus and acidophilus
  • Low-fibre diet
  • Taking in a lot of fats and sugar
  • Taking in bowel irritants like alcohol and coffee
  • Leaky gut syndrome

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of IBS

Most of the symptoms of IBS would usually appear when one wakes up in the morning. The following are the things that one would feel when suffering from IBS:

  • Pain in the abdominal area. The pain that one would feel can be described as colicky. This could be relieved through defecation.
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Feeling abdominal bloating right after eating
  • Defecating frequently with stools becoming looser as the pain in the abdomen heightens
  • Tender rectal area
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Urinating frequently
  • Painful menstrual period, which creates a possible link of the said condition to hormones.

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

One of the ways to treat IBS is by eliminating the causes. Through a good diet and lifestyle, one may be able to avoid the occurrence of IBS.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

Reduction of Stress

  • Reduce stress. This is one of the most basic and also most important thing that you have to do when you are trying to treat IBS. Try to indulge in a bubble bath or be engrossed in a favorite novel. Make sure that you get the right counseling and do not try to bottle it up inside.
  • If you are suffering from stress often, it is best to identify the stressors so that appropriate action could be taken to reduce them. An improved well-being could greatly benefit your condition.

Exercise

  • Studies have shown that those suffering from IBS could greatly benefit from exercise. Exercise has been known to relieve stress and could even reduce the symptoms that are associated with IBS.
  • Try to mix resistance training and cardiovascular training. Walking, swimming, and jogging are considered as some forms of cardiovascular training, while yoga, weights and lunges are considered  as forms of resistance training.
  • You could also do 10 to 15 minutes of walking. This form of exercise benefits both mind and body.

Diet for IBS (What to eat and what not to eat)

  • Avoid foods that are known-triggers of certain sensitivities. Some of the popular triggers are dairy and wheat. Other irritants include citrus fruits, corn, coffee and tea.
  • Eggs and spicy foods can cause intolerance too, and therefore must be avoided.
  • Drinking coffee and tea excessively is not also good for IBS.
  • Avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks.
  • Reduce intake of fatty and fried foods.
  • Food colouring and other additives have to be avoided too.
  • Increase your intake of good dietary fibre. This could help in improving the colon structure. Fibre is highly recommended for those suffering from IBS. Main sources of fibre should be green leafy vegetables and fruits. Flax seeds come highly recommended as they are also known to prevent cancer.
  • Fibrous carbohydrates should be part of your diet. Onions, celery, garlic, beans, legumes and asparagus. These are better than their starchy counterparts like rice, potatoes, corn, breads and pasta.
  • Reduce sugar in your diet, even natural honey. And, as much as possible, avoid artificial sweeteners.
  • Eating six small meals daily is better than eating 3 large meals.
  • Don’t forget to drink fresh water. Also try to take in herb teas that are beneficial for the body such as liquorice, peppermint and chamomile.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for IBS

  • Flaxseed oil (2tbsp daily) and Colostrum (4g daily) could help in reducing leaky gut syndrome and could help in reducing IBS symptoms.
  • Acidophilus and Bifidus. These are beneficial bacteria that help in keeping the digestive tract healthy. One billion of these bacteria taken daily could repopulate the digestive system.
  • Vitamin B complex. Reduces adrenal stimulation, reduces stress as well.
  • Multivitamin and mineral formula. Those suffering from IBS would require basic vitamins and minerals.
  • Cloves (1500mg daily), Wormwood (2000mg daily), and also Black Walnut (2000mg daily) could help in eradicating parasites. These herbs are considered as parasite-cleansing herbs. Although its effect is debatable, it is best for IBS sufferers to rid their body of these parasites.
  • Peppermint oil (0.2ml or1 capsule,3 times daily in between meals). This helps in relaxing the small intestines.
  • Ginger could help in expelling gas.
  • Fennel tea and peppermint tea could help in giving you relief from flatulence, as well as from bloating, which are associated with indigestion.
  • Aloe vera juice (20ml-50ml with each meal). This helps in healing the digestive tract.
  • Chamomile (2g-4g three times daily). This could reduce cramping pain that is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
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