Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects tons of people throughout the world. It is a condition that is not easily treatable. The main reason that this condition is not easily treatable is because no one really knows the direct cause of IBS. It seems to affect different people from different parts of the world for different reasons.
Therefore, it is not very easy to know how to treat it best. However, there are options for treating this condition that may or may not be effective depending on the individual. Below we will discuss what it is and some of the best treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.
What Is It?
It is a chronic condition that affects a ton of people as previously stated. This condition actually affects how the digestive system operates. The problem that many people face when they have this condition is that their bodies allow the food to pass through the digestive system too fast.
Food passing through the digestive system too fast leads to problems because the food/waste has no time to get broken down properly. This ends up with either causing constipation and/or diarrhea. As a result, this condition can become very persistent and annoying.
What Causes IBS?
Research has shown that stress is actually the leading cause of IBS. The reason why stress can cause IBS is because it can trigger many different reactions and hormones in our system.
These reactions and excess hormones can lead to irregularity in our systems and result in inefficient breakdown of food. It can also cause our bodily systems to function improperly which can lead to a lot of different problems – including digestive problems.
2. Spicy Foods.
Another common trigger for IBS symptoms in a lot of individuals comes from eating spicy foods. The reason why this can cause a lot of problems in those that suffer from IBS is because spicy foods can be hard to digest and breakdown for those with sensitive stomachs.
A lot of people that have or suffer from the IBS condition actually have what is known as a ‘leaky gut.’ This problem can exacerbate the issue of IBS because the spicy foods can infiltrate the area that is ‘leaky’ and end up causing a whole lot of trouble in that area. This can obviously lead to problems and IBS symptoms.
3. Dairy Products.
Another very common trigger for those that suffer from this condition are dairy products. Dairy products are extremely common trigger foods for those with this problem because a lot of people that suffer from this condition are actually lactose intolerant. What this really means is that these people that suffer from the condition are unable to properly digest the lactose enzyme in their systems.
This leads to the body not being able to digest the food properly and thus they end up with bathroom problems. The body ends up discarding the waste usually by diarrhea.
This can cause all sorts of problems in those that suffer from IBS because it can result in dehydration. For this reason, it is essential to really drink enough water and properly keep yourself hydrated.
Now that we have discussed a little about what IBS is, and what can cause it, we will now discuss some of the best treatment options available to those that suffer from this condition.
Best Treatment Options:
Believe it or not, but exercise is actually one of the best treatment options for those that suffer from this condition. The reason why exercise works so well at treating this condition is because it can help reduce stress.
As noted previously, stress is one of the leading causes and triggers for IBS symptoms. Because of this, doing exercise will help alleviate the problems and make the symptoms appear on a less consistent basis.
2. Avoiding Trigger Foods.
This sounds pretty simple and easy. The truth is, avoiding certain trigger foods can be a lot more difficult than first glance. Because a lot of IBS sufferers are lactose intolerant, they might not be able to handle any forms of dairy.
As you have probably noticed, there are a lot of different dishes and foods that are made with dairy products (most of which contain lactose). Therefore, it can be very hard avoiding this common trigger food.
However, in the end, you are going to have to do your best in order to actually avoid it because it can result in more complications and problems.
By avoiding your common trigger foods, you should be able to eliminate the problem to the best of your ability. In order to figure out all of your trigger foods, you are going to want to take note of all of the foods that cause you problems. You can write down the foods in a journal and keep track of the foods that you eat and which ones cause you problems and how your body reacts to eating them.
As you can see, there are some treatments for those that suffer from IBS. The best way to treat IBS is by being proactive in your effort. You can however get medication that will help treat the symptoms of IBS from your doctor. But the best and only way to avoid experiencing the problems to begin with comes from making lifestyle changes and being proactive.