IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or spastic colon is a common disorder that affects intestines (specifically colon/large intestine). This disorder affects about 17-26 percent of American population.
Usually, it’s normal to have digestive troubles once in a while, but people with IBS may experience excessive digestive troubles (such as belly pain, and diarrhea) more often than usual, and most of the symptoms come and go on regular basis.
IBS is a chronic health condition, and all those who are suffering from it would have to live with it for the rest of their lives. There are several issues once can explore when talking about this syndrome. Let’s have a close look at few facts you should know about this disorder.
How to diagnose IBS?
Although there are no specific tests to diagnose IBS, but doctors usually make a diagnoses based on its symptoms. Therefore, if you’re not sure whether you have this condition or not, it is important to be honest about the problems or symptoms you are having. In some cases, doctor may ask you to take few tests to rule out other possible reasons for your symptoms.
What are the common IBS symptoms?
The main symptoms of IBS are pain and abdominal discomfort that is accompanied by the change in bowel habits. Other symptoms include diarrhea, bloating, and constipation. Typically, few symptoms may occur when you eat certain foods, and even during stress. Sometimes IBS co-exists with depression or anxiety!
Is there any exact reason for IBS?
Unfortunately, It’s not possible to answer this question with certainty, but there are few theories. One is the wrong way in which signals travel between gut and the brain. Many studies have confirmed that there is indeed some connection between the intestines and brain. However, in people suffering from IBS, the exact cause for miscommunication between intestines and brain is still a mystery.
One is at highest risk in early adulthood-Is it true?
Well, IBS may occur at any age, but it may start developing in the teen years (mostly before the age of 35), but is rare in people above 50.
Few other conditions that may increase the risk of developing IBS are:
* There is a family history of IBS. All those who have a first-degree relation (such as parent or sibling) with IBS is more likely to experience this condition.
* Gender also plays a role! IBS is more common in women than men.
Is IBS incurable or curable?
Many experts have a opinion that this disorder cannot be cure, but many people report that they have successfully treated their IRB. The symptoms of IRB can be relieved but they may come back anytime. However, good news is that this chronic condition does not cause any permanent damage to the digestive tract and won’t endanger life of the suffering person. Also, it doesn’t increase the risk of developing other health issues.
However, IBS does take a significant tool the suffering person’s lifestyle. During episodes of frequent/ urgent diarrhea, patient may find it impossible to work or travel. The symptoms of IBS can strike anytime and may also affect the confidence of a person to interact in public and socialize. Fortunately, by using the right strategies (moderate exercises, natural IBS remedies, and stress management) most of the IBS symptoms can be managed. In fact, consistent use of natural remedies can even help in eliminating most of the disturbing IBS symptoms that may otherwise make your life miserable.
* Use of peppermint oil is effective in reducing pain due to IBS. It is a highly soothing oil that immediately reduces pain in the abdominal region and also reduces bloating. Peppermint oil possesses certain properties that prevent movement of calcium in the muscles. It also helps in releases excessive gas from the intestines. This oil is available in the form of capsules, but you must follow the dosage recommended by the manufacturer.
* Probiotics is one of the best natural remedies for IBS. These are living organisms that are present in intestines. They suppress harmful bacteria in intestines that may aggravate IBS symptoms. Sufficient amounts of good bacteria can help in reducing IBS symptoms to a great extent.
* You can reduce IBS symptoms by increasing the intake soluble fibers as it helps in increasing the movement of food in the intestines. Some of the fruits and vegetables that you can include in your diet are pineapples, peaches bananas, strawberries, radish, cabbage, spinach, and radish in your diet.
* Take 3-5 tablespoons of aloe vera juice in a glass of lukewarm water at last two times a day. Psyllium husk can also be taken as it is best source of soluble fiber and ensures good movement of stool in intestines. It also helps in avoiding diarrhea and constipation.
* Ginger is also a good IBS remedy and helps in stimulating digestion. It also helps in reducing abdominal cramps. Ginger contains compound that has anti-inflammatory properties. When it is boiled, ginger juice helps in washing off toxins trapped in colon that interrupt normal bowel movement.
* Adults above 35 do not have sufficient digestive enzymes in their digestive tract, which slows down the absorption of nutrients that are essential for the proper functioning of body. This may lead to the degradation of health and accelerate the aging process and onset of diseases. Therefore, by taking various enzyme supplements on regular basis, you can easily promote toxic waste elimination, and easy availability of nutrients in the blood stream. This will also boost your energy levels.
* Many IBS remedies also help in stabilizing your abnormal digestion. You can eat papaya fruit. This orange colored sweet fruit can easily alkalize your body and neutralize all acids in stomach that may lead to gas build-up. Aside from calming down your stomach, it also clams down your digestive tract and digests protein leading to more energy in the body.
* You should also take fennel, as it prevents bloating problem in stomach.
* Water is also an excellent IBS remedy. You should take at least 10 glasses of water as this will help in diluting stomach acids. Aside from that, you should also avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks.