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I suffered from IBS for many year and I was actually embarrassed many times when I had to crunch over right in the middle of presentation or traveling on an airplane for my job.
What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome is a “functional” disorder. This term refers to the changes in the functioning of the digestive system that results in the collection of symptoms referred to as IBS.
The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that contract and relax in a coordinated rhythm as they move food from your stomach through your intestinal tract to your rectum.
If you have irritable bowel syndrome, the contractions may be stronger and last longer than normal, causing gas, bloating and diarrhea.
Or the opposite may occur, with weak intestinal contractions slowing food passage and leading to hard, dry stools.
Abnormalities in your gastrointestinal nervous system also may play a role, causing you to experience greater than normal discomfort when your abdomen stretches from gas or stool.
Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can make your body overreact to the changes that normally occur in the digestive process.
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Extreme Gas
- Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating
- Mucus in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal pain that progresses or occurs at night
- Weight loss
These last 3 could indicate a more serious problem.
There a numerous triggers for IBS that can vary from person to person so take your time and test what works best for you.
- Foods. The role of food allergy or intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome is not yet clearly understood, but many people have more severe symptoms when they eat certain things. A wide range of foods has been implicated — chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, carbonated beverages and alcohol to name a few.
- Psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression are observed in many people with IBS symptoms and are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress, such as finals week or the first weeks on a new job. But while stress may aggravate symptoms, it doesn’t cause them.
- Hormones. Because women are twice as likely to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes play a role in this condition. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.
- Other illnesses. Sometimes another illness, such as an acute episode of infectious diarrhea (gastroenteritis) or too many bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth), can trigger IBS.
- Abnormal movements of the colon and small intestines (too fast or slow, or too strong)
- Gastroenteritis, a viral or bacterial infection of the stomach and intestines
Dietary modifications are the first treatment you should try first to treat IBS. There are several types of foods in particular that often trigger IBS symptoms and should be eliminated or limited:
- Dairy products, including milk and cheese. Lactose intolerance symptoms can be similar to IBS symptoms.
- Certain vegetables that increase gas (such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), and legumes (such as beans)
- Fried Foods or Fatty
- Artificial sweeteners
- Take dietary fiber supplements
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat more low-fat foods
- Eat more high carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
- Talk to a doctor about adding probiotics to your diet
- Quit smoking
foods and lifestyle changes can help lessen symptoms of IBS. Foods that may be incorporated into the diet and lifestyle changes can be:
Although there is no 100% go to cure for IBS at this time, treatments to relieve symptoms exist. This includes dietary adjustments, medication, and psychological interventions. Dietary changes have been found to be effective with most individuals who suffer from IBS. So make some changes in your diet first. You might just solve the problem with diet, plus you’ll feel better overall while eating a healthier clean, non-processed food diet.
With many of the prebiotics and digestive enzymes I was not able to get from my regular diet, Shakeology helped me cure myself of IBS. If I do find a small IBS reaction from a bad weekend of eating I will add some Shakeology Dietary Fiber to morning shake for a few days and be just fine.
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