It is approximated that 20% of adults are suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and this is according to a research carried out by National Digestive Information Clearinghouse. But before we look at the available cures for irritable bowel syndrome, it is important that we understand what this condition is.
What is irritable bowel syndrome?
It is an ordinary digestive disorder that is characterized by cramping, abdominal pain, and changes in normal functioning of bowel, including, diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation.
Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
It is a group of symptoms that you might have had for approximately 12 weeks for the last 12 months, and involves some discomfort or abdominal pain together with two of these three characteristics:
Discomfort or pain relieved by defecation
Change in your frequency of movement of bowel
Change in stool appearance
Cures for irritable bowel syndrome
Some foods are known to trigger IBS symptoms. It is therefore important that you identify beverages and foods that worsen or trigger these symptoms. This is the key to ensuring that the condition is kept under control. Common foods known to cause or worsen the symptoms include: caffeine, dairy products, large meals, fried foods, chocolate and alcohol. Eliminates these foods and select much healthier alternatives such as foods rich in fiber like fruits, cereals, vegetables, beans and grains. This will help reduce occurrence of constipation. Similarly, reduce your carbonated beverage intake like sodas to eliminate gas or bloating. Avoiding milk or lactose products on the other hand will help you get rid of diarrhea.
Stress and worry
These two play a role in IBS. The nerves connect the brain and stomach; therefore any emotional distress will bring about increased colon spasm thus resulting to diarrhea and abdominal pain. Practicing stress management methods and learning to relax may cure your irritable bowel syndrome and end the symptoms. Some of the stress remedies include exercising regularly, proper diet, getting enough rest, finding a hobby, and where possible taking herbal mood supplement or anti-anxiety medication like SAM-e or St.John’s wort.
There are over-the-counter medicines available to assist you deal with irritable bowel syndrome common symptoms like diarrhea and constipation. Increasing your intake of fiber or taking a laxative will help you cope with constipation. For loose bowels, consider taking anti-diarrhea medications like lotronex.
Natural cures for irritable bowel syndrome
It is a widely used remedy as it is believed to reduce bloating and abdominal pain of IBS by possibly blocking calcium movement into the intestine muscle cells and thereby easing excessive muscle contraction. It is also a carminative herb, to mean it is used to get rid of excess gas found in the intestine. It is found in many forms but it is advisable that it be used in enteric-coated capsule. It is not advisable for pregnant women or nursing woken and children to take it internally.
These are live microbial organisms found naturally in the vagina and digestive tract. It is sometimes known as ‘friendly’ bacteria and thought to promote health by improving immune function, suppressing potential harmful bacteria from growing, enhancing the digestive tract protective wall and enabling production of vitamin K. It is believed that people suffering from IBS do not have a balance in their normal intestinal bacteria, but instead an overgrowth of bacteria responsible for production of gas.
Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum
It is soluble in water and a non-gelling fiber therefore could help reduce constipation, and diarrhea and abdominal pain to a lesser extent. It also increases the amount of lactobacilli, beneficial bacteria and bifidobacterial found in the intestine.
They trigger an immune response in the gut resulting to an intestinal bacteria imbalance and low-grade inflammation, the most common ones being grains and dairy products. Grains are a common cause of IBS and thus require that they be chewed thoroughly to allow amylase. This is because there they are carbohydrates and their digestion starts in the mouth.
With the available natural and medical cures for irritable bowel syndrome, it should no longer be worrying to anyone suffering from this condition.