A New Aid for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

GreenfaolStarred Page By Greenfaol, 11th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was once thought a myth, something people made up for having an upset stomach. This has long since been dis-proven and is considered one of the fastest growing syndromes in the world. But help is at hand with new research. Read on to find out more.

What exactly is it?

IBS is literally when the bowel becomes irritated. Bloating and abdominal pain usually occur and most people have either diarrhoea, constipation or both (alternating). Some people even become physically sick, vomiting, wind and passing mucus may also occur. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 will experience this at some point in their life.
For some though, this syndrome is an ongoing issue that prevents them from living life to the full, and anxiety is often associated with IBS. One of the most distressing symptoms is the spasms/contractions of the bowel, resulting in the sufferer not wanting to leave the house in case an attack comes on while out, and there is no toilet nearby.

So what causes it?

It is unknown why it fully develops but doctors are learning the main triggers. These can include:
 Stress
 Specific foods – fruits, nuts, cheese (these will vary from individual to individual)
 Caffeine – usually in the form of coffee rather than tea
 Low dietary fibre

What specialists are finding is that food poisoning and infections of the gut seem to initiate IBS, sensitising the gut and colon.

What to do

First and foremost, see your doctor to rule out other possible causes. The main ones are Intolerances (you could simply have an intolerance and cutting it out will make you much healthier). The other issue it could be is a potential Irritable Bowel Disease, such as Crohn’s or Colitis. Being checked out for these is very important.

Back to IBS - Diet is one of the main factors. Keep a food diary, to help work out your triggers.

Stress is the other main factor. Dr Roland Valori, one of the top Consultant Gastroenterologists in the UK recommends ‘gut-directed hypnotherapy’ as a possible aid. Stress releases chemicals that affect the nerves in the colon, which in turn causes spasms. Reducing stress is key to reducing your IBS attacks.

Prebiotics also reduce the risks and symptoms of IBS.

For more ideas on how to stay healthy over the winter, why not check out my other articles, including:
Winter-time for Weight-loss

Sources: http://www.thegutrust.org/

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Constipation, Diarrhoea, Diet, Dietary Fiber, Dietary Fibre, Gut, Health, Ibs, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Spasms, Stress, Well Being

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Good Information!

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author avatar Denise O
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Good info hon. A subject a lot don't want to talk about but, it can really play havoc in ones life. My mama suffered from it.
She would be in gut wrenching pain. Just awful.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar christopheranton
12th Jan 2011 (#)

That is something that we
all need to be aware of.
Thanks for writing about it.

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author avatar Carol
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Very helpful, many thanks

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author avatar Greenfaol
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for your comments guys:D I know several people with this and its really not nice.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Jan 2011 (#)

great health information, all sufferers of IBS should read this

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author avatar Greenfaol
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Cheers Mark :D

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author avatar Retired
13th Jan 2011 (#)

I loved reading this, I have a colostomy, due
to drs blunder.
Cant wait for my
reversal.
Yes I had to change eating habits.

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author avatar Greenfaol
13th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Maree, hope get it reversed real soon and feel much better soon x

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author avatar krrymarie
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Great information here I think my other half suffers with it but will he go to the doc no! MEN!!

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author avatar Greenfaol
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very typical bloke :D

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author avatar krrymarie
15th Jan 2011 (#)

for sure it is haha!!

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author avatar Retired
16th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing

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