The Available Options of Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable Bowel Syndrome or simply called IBS is actually a long-term chronic disorder which is commonly seen in many people. The symptoms and signs seem embarrassing for many, so people with this disorder do not disclose their condition to others. Talking about the treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually depends on the existent symptoms and signs as well as their severity. It also includes how you are affected, and you are likely to change your current lifestyle. There are several treatments available for you, namely treatment through diet, supplements, alternative therapies, stress management, and prescription medications. To see them in detail, let’s see this overview.

Diet Treatment

For many people with IBS, the intake food may trigger the symptoms, but this may not apply for others with IBS. There are many ways of eating smart and the thing is that you know well what you eat. Any foods with high fat, caffeine, insoluble fiber, caffeine, alcohol or carbonation may be problematic. These kinds of food are called either irritants or stimulants, and possibly trigger violent reactions of your gastrocolic reflex. The muscles in the colon will be directly affected and may lead to pain, diarrhea and constipation, bloating and gas.

Therefore, to prevent all of those, taking soluble fiber becomes an important dietary remedy, including for pain relief once they emerge. However, this fiber is not the one many people think about. Soluble fiber is commonly found in “starches”, although it is different from starch. You can say that this fiber is the one which has no calorie as it goes through your body intact. It is capable of soothing and regulating the digestive tract, normalizing bowel function and also stabilizing intestinal contradictions. You also need to avoid taking dairy products, raw fruits, carbonated beverages and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and also Brussels sprouts as these foods cause gas and bloating. To relieve diarrhea, drinking much fresh water is highly recommended.

Supplement Treatment

Another treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is through supplements that are available in many types. Some of them are probiotics, digestive enzymes, heat therapy, fennel seed tea, peppermint leaf tea, and prebiotic soluble fiber supplements. All these supplements have been scientifically proven for IBS relief. You can feel the result instantly, and sometimes immediately. When trying to find a safe supplement for your IBS, you only need to find the most reputable one. It is usually safe, has the least side effects, and inexpensive.

Alternative Therapies

Often called gut-directed hypnotherapy, these alternative therapies are also clinically proven to relieve the occurring IBS symptoms. Perhaps, among the other treatments, hypnotherapy delivers a permanent recovery. An ongoing research is being held in order to know the effects of this therapy. It can be directly adapted for IBS patients and focuses on reducing the severity, frequency and also the duration of attacks. The results are usually achieved with no existent side effects.

This treatment has been successfully applied to reduce or even eradicate any occurring IBS Symptoms for good. This method has been tested for 15 years and proven to be a safe, effective and inexpensive treatment. Besides, you can lessen the effect of stress, which can be the anxiety, tension and also depressions. These effects actually weaken the system of immune. By hypnotherapy, these effects are lessened and you will achieve a relaxing state, so you can have a positive thought and there will be no negative attitudes in your mind.

Stress Management

When stress triggers the IBS symptoms, stress management can be conducted. It makes sense as stress will activate your sympathetic nerve plexuses and also stimulate the production of excessive adrenaline. This makes the gut rhythmic muscle contractions disrupted. That is the reason why symptoms can occur when people with IBS have stress. Some studies have been conducted and there is a clear relation between successive IBS flares and emotional stressors.

This treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be conducted in several ways. For practical methods, you can keep a journal or diary of the occurring symptoms including the life events emerging with them. This method will assist you in clarifying the connection between stressful events and symptoms. After identifying particular events or any situations that trigger the symptoms, you will be able to develop ways to deal with these conditions.

Besides, in order to lessen the symptoms, you can do exercise rigorously or regularly, like jogging, swimming, or simply brisk walking. Having a hobby like doing outdoor activities can also be very helpful to provide a pause from demanding situations. If you still do not know what to do with your stress, you can visit psychologists, psychiatrists, hypnotists, social workers, counselors or biofeedback specialist who will gladly give you great ways to cope with stress.

Another good treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome to relieve stress is yoga. This effective treatment is actually a type of exercise involving your mental and physical state, and consists of three foundations of rest: exercise, breathing and also meditation. This treatment is purposed for creating balanced and harmonious state between your body and mind. Yoga has been proven to give considerable health benefits (mental and physical), as well as alleviation, and also prevent digestive stress. Yoga for IBS treatment is also good to manage the symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and bloating.

Prescription Medications

This treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, however, is very limited as there are only small numbers of IBS-specific drugs which are currently available in the marketplace. Even though you may have found it, you have to make sure that the prescription drugs have been tested and approved clinically to relieve IBS symptoms. Otherwise, the drugs will even worsen the symptoms.

All in all, there are several options of IBS treatments. One thing is that the actual cause of this syndrome is unknown. Treatment will be applied if it is confined to treat the existent symptoms only. It is possible to manage the mild symptoms of IBS by changing the lifestyle and also controlling stress. For this point, changing eating habit becomes an important aspect for the treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, you may also be suggested to take medications or fiber supplements to treat the symptoms.

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