Natural Cures For Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is also known as spastic bowel, irritable colon, spastic colon and functional bowel syndrome. IBS affects the large intestine making it difficult for the body to digest food properly.
There is no permanent cure for IBS though it can be controlled using medications and by making changes in lifestyle and eating habits. During IBS the food passes through the intestinal passage at a slow or a fast speed. Hence the sufferer usually alternates between constipation and loose motions.
There is no damage caused to the intestines due to IBS. However, the condition is very discomforting to the sufferers. Irritable bowel syndrome is more commonly seen in women than in men. In some women IBS is also responsible for feelings of depression and low confidence. IBS worsens in women when they have periods.
tWhat Are The Symptoms Of IBS?
The most common symptoms of IBS are, Presence of mucus in the stool. Gas in the tummy which leads to bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Extremely painful abdominal cramps due to presence of gas, Passing wind, Inability to have complete bowel movement.
Medically, IBS is diagnosed by performing blood tests and even colonoscopy in some cases. If the symptoms have recently made an appearance then the doctor will take time to make a diagnosis. In cases where the symptoms of IBS have been experienced for a considerable period of time, the doctor will usually diagnose the condition correctly.
Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome
As mentioned earlier, there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome; you can only get relief from the symptoms of IBS by taking medications including pain killers.
However, the condition can be controlled effectively and prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and eating well-balanced diet. In many cases the sufferer will be able to recognize the foods and drinks which worsen the condition. Make a note of the foods you must avoid and ensure that you don’t consume them in any form.
Processed foods and legumes are known to cause gas in the stomach which leads to bloating. During IBS, bloating can be an extremely painful condition. Eliminating the gas forming foods from your diet will reduce the occurrence of bloating. In some cases vegetables like aubergine, cauliflower and potatoes may cause bloating. Occurrence of IBS can also be restricted by keeping a control over your moods and reducing the level of stress and anxiety.
Practicing yoga and meditation are very beneficial in bringing down the stress levels. Exercising regularly will help you be more in charge of your body. Regular exercise will improve the functioning of digestive system helping with proper bowel movements. This will help ease constipation. Use of hot compresses and hot water baths can reduce the abdominal cramps that are a result of irritable bowel syndrome.
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Once you have identified the foods that trigger the symptoms of IBS, you must remove them from your consumption list. Now concentrate on the foods that can help give you a well-balanced meal. In order to get the condition under control it is important to eat a diet rich in all the essential nutrients including vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, whole grains and minerals.
Doctors often recommend a fiber-rich diet to get rid of constipation which is a painful symptom of IBS. You can get your daily dose of fiber from green leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts. Eating fruits and vegetables is better than drinking their juice because fiber is lost in the preparation of the juice; the flesh of the fruit is what contains the fiber.
In order to control IBS with fiber-rich diet it is important to understand that there are two types of fiber; water soluble and water insoluble fibers. Water soluble fiber is helpful for getting relief from both constipation and diarrhea. This type of fiber is more common in fruits and vegetables like oranges, apples, lemon and beans.
Psyllium is also water soluble fiber which is available in supplement form at all drug stores. The supplement is sold under brand names Fiberall and Perdiem. The supplement comes in both capsule and powder form. Powder can be mixed with water or sprinkled over food.
Water insoluble fiber is useful for curing only constipation. The fiber is important because it helps ease the movement of food in the digestive system. The bulk of the stool is also made of water insoluble fiber; bulk makes it easier for the stool to move. Foods that contain insoluble fiber are wheat bran, whole grains and almost all the vegetables.
It is important to strike a balance between the water soluble and water insoluble fibers to reduce occurrence of constipation and diarrhea. Slowly increase the amount of fiber in your daily diet. A sudden increase in the fiber will have you suffering from painful gas and bloating as the body will find it difficult to adjust to the large amounts of fiber.
Even if you experience gas and bloating on slight increase of fiber, the conditions will rapidly disappear once your body gets adjusted to digesting fiber-rich foods. A better way of getting your body used to fiber intake is to introduce a variety of fiber-rich foods in your diet instead of simply consuming two or three fiber-rich foods.
Drink at least 10 glasses of water every day. Water is important for the body to digest the food well. Water also helps with easier movement of the food in the digestive system. Water keeps the bowel movements regular by ensuring proper movement of the stools.
Eat six small meals through the day instead of eating three large meals. The body finds it easier to break down small meals; to digest large meals the body can take a long time which is often the reason for constipation. Do not take unnecessary stress at workplace or at home. Join a hobby class to de-stress yourself. Spend more time with family and friends to remain happy.
Reduce your dependence on laxatives. Many people suffering from IBS often resort to laxatives to relieve the symptoms. However, laxatives damage your intestines and are unhealthy in the long run if you become addicted to them.
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