Do you think that you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition of the gut. It is not a dangerous disease nor is it life-threatening, however it can affect your life negatively in more ways than one. In fact, there are many people that suffer from IBS, but have no idea about it. The symptoms of IBS include stomach aches, diarrhea, and in some cases even constipation.
For many people this is a daily reality. However, the bad news is that even when you’re suffering from pain and diarrhea every single day.
There is a good chance that your doctor may not be willing to diagnose you with IBS, simply because many doctors still do not recognize it as an actual disease or condition.
This is indeed bad news for many women and men across the world, because if they have no idea what they’re suffering from, a solution to the problem – or at least an effective treatment – cannot be found. And even if you get diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, chances are that your doctor might say that there’s nothing you can do about it.
Nonetheless, recent studies reveal that there are several factors that can cause IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome is mainly caused by an imbalance in your gut. However, this imbalance is mostly caused by the food you take in. Many of us think that we are living a healthy lifestyle by eating whole-grain products and other so-called health foods . But nothing could be further from the truth.
You see, man only started eating grains and dairy around 10,000 years ago. In our evolutionary history, this is an extremely short amount of time. Even though our food habits have drastically changed in this time – where we went from hunter and gatherer to farmer – our genes have not. In fact, our genes have only changed by less than 1%. This is not enough to make a substantial difference.
Because our bodies have not adapted to our new way of eating yet, the foods we now proclaim to be healthy are actually unhealthy for us. Studies have revealed that as many as two out of three people suffer from a sensitivity to specific foods such as wheat and dairy products.
Irritable bowel syndrome can be caused because we constantly fuel our system with foods we are sensitive to, and are not supposed to be eating to begin with. But this is not the only cause of irritable bowel syndrome.
In our modern lives we are being plagued by stress. No other generation that has come before us has had so much stress in their lives, combined with an extreme speed of living.
However, stress is not the underlying cause of the problem, but it can make your symptoms worse or even make them appear. Have you already visited the doctor and was he unable to tell you what exactly is wrong with you? Then the only thing you can do is to try and diagnose yourself.
First of all, it is normal to have some kind of discomfort in your abdominal area, bloating or diarrhea. But this should only happen on occasion and not every single day, combined with a lot of pain. If these symptoms are experienced on a regular basis, you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
You should ask yourself if you had multiple attacks of abdominal pain in the past year. On the occasions you have pain, did you also suffer from either diarrhea or constipation? And do you feel better once you have had a visit to the bathroom?
People that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, also suffer from a stool that is occasionally hard or sometimes soft and runny. Everyone has this from time to time, but the clear sign that you may be suffering from IBS, is that this change in stool is accompanied by abdominal pain.
Do you notice any mucus in your stool? That is to say, do you notice this fairly frequently? And do you also suffer from a bloated or swollen stomach more frequently? If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, chances are that you may indeed have irritable bowel syndrome.
Once you have diagnosed yourself with IBS, and your doctor does not recognized this disease as an actual condition, it is time for you to find a specialist that is knowledgeable on the topic of IBS. He or she will be able to guide you through the numerous ways on how to handle your condition.
It is important to note that you cannot live like this for the rest of your life without doing something about it, as it will seriously affect the quality of your entire life. But this is no reason for depression, as new studies come out every day that give us more insights into the nature of this condition and how to treat it more effectively. Be prepared to change your eating habits and to work on a way to handle your stress levels.