How To Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - When Your Stomach Sings A Different Tune

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (also called 'spastic colon') can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long-term.

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CAUSES Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (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. 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. This overreaction can cause pain, diarrhea, or constipation.

Triggers vary from person to person
Stimuli that don't bother other people can trigger symptoms in people with IBS — but not all people with the condition react to the same stimuli. Common triggers include:
• 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.

• Stress. Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress, such as finals week or the first weeks of 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.

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NATURAL REMEDY FOR Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Since stress is one of the factors known to trigger an IBS flare-up, learn to short-circuit it with meditation, or a simple breathing exercise like this one. Sit comfortably, or lie down. Turn your attention to the air going in and out of your body. When upsetting or anxiety-producing thoughts intrude, focus completely on your breathing. Practice this daily. Then, whenever you feel yourself becoming tense and anxious, use it to calm yourself. ( You can refer to my earlier article on stress management).

Go easy on your intestines
Minimize fried foods, meats, oils, margarine, dairy foods, and other fatty foods. They cause your colon to contract violently, which can lead to diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Stay away from spicy foods. The capsaicin in hot peppers, for example, makes your large intestine go into spasms, which can cause diarrhea.

Cut down on caffeine. It can worsen IBS by irritating your intestines.
Avoid foods known to cause flatulence, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
Don’t chew gum or candy that contains artificial sweeteners. Among the common sweeteners in these products are sorbitol and mannitol, which can have a laxative effect. They’re very difficult to digest. When bacteria in your colon eventually break down these ‘nonabsorbed sugars,’ you get gas and diarrhea.
Stop smoking. Nicotine contributes to IBS flare-ups. Also, when you smoke, you swallow air, and people with IBS are very sensitive to having air in their gut.

Fit in more fiber
Soluble fiber soaks up liquid in your intestines, helping to prevent diarrhea. Good sources are beans, oatmeal, and some fruits, such as apples, strawberries, and grapefruit.
If you can’t seem to get enough soluble fiber in your diet, take a daily supplement like Swissgarde’s super cider that guarantees enough fiber in the bowel.

If constipation is your main complaint, fill up on insoluble fiber, found in whole wheat, bran, other whole grains, salad greens, and other foods. Insoluble fiber bulks up stool, which speeds its passage through the intestines.

Drink peppermint tea
Every day, drink a cup or two of peppermint tea, which relaxes your intestines, reduces spasms, and relieves gas pain. From the Swissgarde family comes Marina Spa, which contains menthol from its peppermint constituent, which will be of immense help
Drink ginger tea. Ginger soothes all manner of digestive problems, including IBS. Buchu power from Swissgarde contains ginger which is good for intestinal health.

Graze, don’t gorge
Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than a couple of large meals each day. Taking in too much food at once can overstimulate your digestive system.

If you usually bolt down your meals, go more slowly and pay more attention to chewing your food. Fast eaters often swallow too much air, which turns into bothersome intestinal gas. Eat yogurt: Having diarrhea can drain away good bacteria that help prevent harmful bacteria from growing out of control. When you’re having IBS-related diarrhea, eat plenty of yogurts containing active bacteria, such as acidophilus.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)- When Your Stomach Sings A Different Tune
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