Life can be crazy enough without an added physical condition or ailment. When that condition happens to be something with the digestive tract, then that can even seem worse.
It is not a topic of dinner table conversation in most homes. However, digestive issues, particularly Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are one of the most diagnosed issues by doctors in America.
Our bodies take a beating every day from environmental toxins, to the processed food put into our mouths, to all of the chemical laden products used on our hair, skin and for medical treatments.
It is no wonder then that our bodies will sometimes start to reject the toxins, or begin to malfunction because of them. Stress is also one of major sources of digestive issues.
Many doctors will just diagnose and prescribe an over-the-counter or prescription drug and tell the patient to reduce stress and maybe change some habits. There must be other methods that can offer relief.
When looking specifically at IBS, there is a lot of information out telling how to manage that condition with the use of medications.
If you research more thoroughly though, other information will come to the surface that may offer more help than popping a pill. The first focus should be on the root cause of the condition.
IBS is an intestinal disorder in which the person suffers with diarrhea, gas, bloating, constipation, cramping and abdominal pain. This is not just a one-time occurrence, but something that can plague an individual for their lifetime.
A doctor may ask how long the symptoms have occurred and how often. When someone has symptoms for three days or more a month for three or more months in a row, then a doctor will probably diagnose as IBS.
Many doctors will say there is no cause for IBS, but there are studies that show a correlation between certain conditions and IBS.
For example, when a person is intolerant to a certain food or something used in or on the body, that reaction can come out in the form of digestive distress, or IBS.
The compounding of toxic materials in an on our bodies can affect its ability to operate effectively. Since the intestines are about 70% of a body’s immune support, if it carries a toxic load it will not operate the way it is intended.
For someone experiencing these symptoms it may be helpful to keep a food diary and track what is consumed in food and drinks, and then track any symptoms that appear each day.
Over time there may be evidence of a correlation between a certain type of food, or ingredient, and the symptoms appearing. Some of the main culprits can be dairy, eggs, nuts, gluten, corn and soy.
Some people will notice a drastic decrease, if not elimination, of their IBS symptoms when their diet is changed.
Physicians may make some recommendations involving other lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise.
This will help stimulate circulation in the body, which can promote healthier intestinal function and reduce stress, which is another reason given for IBS symptoms.
Walking is a great form of exercise as it involves the entire body and is not high impact, which may be more comfortable to someone with present symptoms.
Other suggestions involve limiting the intake of products containing caffeine, which can stimulate the intestines and add extra pressure from gas and bloating. Patients are often advised to eat smaller meals instead of large meals.
Adding fiber-rich foods into the diet can be helpful as well. Sometimes fiber supplements will add extra intestinal bloating, and may not be as helpful as foods containing fiber.
There are, of course, medications that can and will be prescribed for IBS. However, there are also some natural alternatives that will help eliminate the toxic load on your body.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to treat illnesses and health issues. Peppermint is very good for the digestive tract. Using pure grade peppermint oil is very beneficial.
It can be applied directly to the abdomen, to the bottoms of the feet, or even in a cup of water and swallowed.
Probiotics are often recommended for people suffering with intestinal symptoms. This can help to restore good flora to the intestines. Others have tried acupuncture; digestive enzymes and a candida cleanse to help relieve their symptoms as well.
It is important to look into these other options on your own before succumbing to the advice of one doctor. There may be other options which would benefit you more.