IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common digestive disorders in America. With more and more people eating unhealthy diets, it is becoming more prevalent and causing many more diseases, such as ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, colon cancer, and more.
IBS is a condition that affects your digestive system and more specifically, the normal rhythm and muscular contractions in the intestines. It can cause constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and more. These symptoms are not only uncomfortable, but can cause havoc on the normal movement of food and waste in your intestine.
It is thought that there are many contributors to IBS, including stress, allergies, infections, overuse of antibiotics, and toxic overload of the gut. While there are many contributors to IBS, there are some very specific things you can do to help prevent IBS flare ups and eliminate the symptoms altogether. Your digestive system needs daily maintenance – here are some tips you can incorporate:
- Incorporate a simple, healthy diet, of lightly cooked vegetables and fish. Fiber is important if you have IBS, however, be careful of fruits, as they can cause aggravation of the digestive tract. In addition, recognize what foods cause you gas or make you feel bloated. Avoid those foods until your digestive tract is feeling better.
- Avoid wheat and dairy products, as well as, tobacco and alcohol.
- It is best to keep your meal time calm and stress-free. Do not eat in the car or in a hurry. Take your time and chew your food properly to help aid digestion. It is important to give your body the time it needs to ingest and digest food and its nutrients properly.
- Remove as much sugar from your diet as possible, as sugar can ferment in the intestines and can cause gas, bloating, and pain. In addition, artificial sweeteners should be avoided as well, as they can aggravate IBS.
- There are many herbal remedies that have been used with IBS, such as, aloe vera, alfalfa, licorice, and skullcap, to name a few. It is important to understand your body and your symptoms before incorporating any herbal remedies, as each herb has a specific function. It is best to consult a natural health practitioner before attempting any herbal supplements.
- Charcoal tablets have been shown to be useful for those that have IBS. Do NOT use charcoal tablets daily, as they absorb nutrients and cause other issues with overuse. These should be used for occasional gas or bloating.
- Exercise is extremely important for those with IBS. Walking, swimming, and stretching have shown to be very beneficial for those that experience IBS symptoms.
If you take medication daily or have taken large amounts of antibiotics, you may benefit from a cleanse. Many medications and overuse of antibiotics can cause an imbalance of the your gut flora, causing IBS symptoms. Removing these toxins through a simple cleanse can help relieve many symptoms. It is best to consult with your natural health professional before attempting any cleanse.
Recovering from IBS symptoms is possible!
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for the 50 Plus Report