There are people all over the world who suffer from a condition that is called irritable bowel syndrome. This is a very difficult condition because the symptoms include bloating and gas, diarrhea, constipation, bowel pain, mucus in the stool, cramping, urgency, and the diarrhea and constipation alternating with no warning or reason. The condition is difficult to treat because it manifests with differing symptoms at differing times.
It can be triggered by stress, menstruation, and can be very troublesome and embarrassing when it gets triggered at inconvenient times. Over 55% of the victims need relief on a daily basis, and most of those people (67%) are not satisfied with the results of the treatment that they are receiving for it.
Up until recently, the only treatment for this condition was Imodium for the diarrhea and Metamucil for the constipation. Much of the time this was ineffective, as many times the wrong medication was taken at the wrong time for the wrong manifestation.
In an effort to provide more up to date treatments, the pharmaceutical industry came up with two drugs, Zelnorm and Lotrenox, however these drugs have been met with much controversy, as they have been known to have resulted in the deaths of patients. That kind of news put the kibosh on further sales of those remedies.
A substance called Digestive Advantage IBS is a medical food for the management of types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is safe and effective and it is formulated to deal with the full range of symptoms that OBS has to offer. The ‘secret ingredient’ in the product is a patented blend of lactobacillus cultures with amino acids that normalize the gut flora and aids in the digestion of meats, carbohydrates, fruits and dairy products.
The Digestive Advantage IBS is unique and one of a kind, as it works on both ends of the spectrum as far as handling the diarrhea and the constipation symptoms of IBS. It does provide a real solution here, and it has been shown that 92% of the people that use it are satisfied with the results.
The drug comes in a chewable tablet that is ingested once per day, which gives relief for 24 hours. This product is available at most of the major chain pharmacies such as Rite-Aid, Walgreen’s, Eckerd, CVS, and is available at Drugstore.com as an online product.
Drinking Aloe Vera juice has been shown to soothe the insides of our colon when taken internally. The Aloe Vera Plant oozes a liquid gel from its leaves when they are broken, and this can be made into a juice in its diluted form. Aloe Vera gel has been shown to heal burns and cuts, and reports of those who have taken a moderate amount of juice on a regular basis report relief from symptoms.
Smooth muscle relaxants, such as amitriptyline and imipramine have been shown to relieve symptoms in people who have severe diarrhea and pain. Prozac, Zoloft, and Effexor can help to relax a person and reduce stress.
Probiotics are called ‘good bacteria’, and they will eat ‘bad bacteria’ which if left unchecked, can cause undue stress in the colon. It helps to regain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system.
Supplements that are pro-flora such as acidophilus and lactobacillus can be taken two to three times per day to help rebalance the good bacteria against the bad bacteria. Many studies are coming up with more and more data that indicates that an imbalance here could be one of the major causes of IBS.
Dietary factors may also enter into the fray, and it is suggested that certain foods be eaten less, or cut out of the diet altogether. Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, fried foods, fatty and greasy foods, and sweets all aggravate irritable bowel syndrome.
While it is not know for sure exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome, there are certainly measure that we can take in order to be proactive. The sufferers who have to deal with this condition day in and day out, cry out for relief of these symptoms, which can be severe enough to be disabling. Anything that can be done, is more than welcome as they become prisoners within their condition much of their waking adult life.