Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Have you heard of Irritable Bowel Syndrome but have no idea what that is or whether you have it or not? Don’t you want to get a clear idea about Irritable Bowel Syndrome in simple words, rather complex medical stuff that you don’t understand a word of? Don’t you want to know the causes and symptoms of this Irritable Bowel Syndrome thing and prevent yourself from even having it?
If you feel deep within that those questions are something you ask yourself so often, then you have just walked into the perfect place to get simple and easy answer.
Before getting to the meaty and greasy of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I think it is your right to first know what this article will be about, right?
I can see the nod! But hey smile! It is just a syndrome and it is curable!
Here is a small overview of what this article will be about:
Known as IBS among the medical community, Irritable Syndrome is a really a viral disease or a disorder that affects the colon and causes a lot of uncomfortability in the body.
Irritable Syndrome affects million of Americans, according webmd. The majority of those, statistics shows, either get the disorder in their forties or their late teens.
If things are still blur, no need to panic. Let’s further clarity this.
When IBS hits you, the very first organ that gets the shot is your belly. Your belly immediately reacts to the threat by showing symptoms that come in the form of some kind of discomfort. Diarrhea or constipation are often some of the common symptoms of this disorder.
Of course, we can’t say that whenever you get diarrhea or constipation, it is because of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. No. But when the diarrhea and or constipation go beyond normal, time to take things seriously and maybe that’s probably a sign you should worry about.
Bottom line. The Irritable Syndrome is not something you should worry about. Or let’s say it is not so threatening for your life.
But if not treated right away, Irritable Bowel Syndrome may lead to other serious conditions.
In addition to the health conditions, this Irritable Bowel Syndrome thing may lead to some changes in your lifestyle. That’s something you won’t appreciate, but unfortunately you might be forced to leave work, or college, in case you are a student. These are extreme cases, but unavoidable, if things get tough.
So hopefully things start to get a little clearer by now, let’s move on and see what are some of the symptoms you may feel if you got the Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
But hey wait! There is still one bit of of information we need to cover before moving on to the next step. Irritable Bowel Syndrome doesn’t come in just one type. In fact, it has three.
Here are a little something about each type of those:
- The constipation Irritable Syndrome: this one has some signs that we can sum up in mostly three: bloating, infrequent bowel movements and either lumpy or hard stool.
- The diarrhea Irritable Syndrome. This one is a little hard to cope with, frequent trips to the toilet is really not so much fun. In addition to going to the toilet almost every now and then, you will also notice a discomfort and discomfort in your stomach. Additionally, you will also notice that your stool is getting loose and watery.
- Diarrhea and constipation Irritable Syndrome: this is where the two come in one attack. You get both!!
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome differ from one person to another, but generally, there are certain symptoms all people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome have in common.
Here is a list of some of the most common Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms:
- You may experience an excess of gas.
- Frequent visits to the toilet, after having almost every meal, especially if you are well- fed.
- You may also experience nausea.
- A feeling of not being able to empty your bowels.
- At times, you find it hard to go about emptying your bowel. This one symptom is really hard to deal with and annoying at times. Keep the faith though!
- Losing control of your bowels. Bowels are really the number one thing you will have so much difficulty dealing with. In addition to being hard to empty at times; at other times, the very opposite happens. You lose control over them. That’s even worse than the first one. You should have diapers all around you!
Those are just some of the many symptoms you may encounter. Once you notice those appearing frequently, don’t hesitate to do something about them. Diet tips and medications are to be covered in the lines to come.
For now, let’s first have a look at common Irritable Bowel Syndrome causes.
“Prevention is better than cure!” That’s a pretty good line. You like it, don’t you?
I do too, especially if it is put into practice!
Indeed, prevention is way better and safer than cure. To every disease, disorder, there are causes. So does the Irritable Bowel Syndrome!
Getting yourself accustomed to some of the most common causes of the syndrome, you are already a long step forward to preventing it from invading your space.
Eager to know some of these? Great!
Let’s get right to the very first cause of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
This is the very first cause of the The Irritable Bowel Syndrome you should consider. Your digestive system plays a major role in managing all the food you are getting in, three to four times a day.
The digestive system is really a device worth a bow before! It works in a way that leaves me in awe, whenever I think about it.
As you already know, when you first eat food, it has to go through the digestive system first. That’s a no brainer. I know you already know it! But what’s may sound new to you is the way this digestive system works.
Basically, the digestive system works in a rhythmic way, contracting and relaxing. What the IBS syndrome does is that it disturbs that rhythm, resulting in either diarrhea or constipation.
When the food you eat spends more time than enough in the digestive system, you get the constipation. With the food spending so much time in the digestive system, it is left with no more water. As a result, your stool becomes dry and hard to pass through.
The very opposite happens when the food you eat moves through the digestive system pretty quickly. This time resulting in diarrhea, because the food moves quickly that the digestive system has no time to soak up enough water.
The brain is connected to every other part of the body, and the digestive system is no exception. The nerves in the gut area of people with IBS are way more sensitive than normal. That’s why a simple digestion problem, that most people can’t even notice becomes something people with IBS struggle with.
Stress, fear and anxiety; those are three enemies not only of the gut but of every part of the body.
The mind body medicine is still struggling to prove that, but it is really apparent. There is a relationship between the two. When you are stressed out and having a bad time, it appears in your body and your face.
There are people with food allergies. Certain foods make them allergic, like gluten, sugar and sometimes caffeine. We will talk about those foods in the next sections. But it is worth mentioning that certain foods may really have a hand with the Irritable Bowel Syndrome
You now know what IBS is, have a clear idea what some of its symptoms and causes, time for the treatment.
This part of the process, we will divide into two separate phases.
The very first thing we need you to take care of before moving to medications is your diet. Diet plays a major role in the Irritable Bowel Syndrome equations.
While I can’t give you a specific diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome to follow, and there isn’t one to be honest, there are certain simple tweaks that you can implement today that can make all the difference.
Let’s see how you can tweak your diet to get rid of IBS for life:
The very first thing you should do before anything else is to simply take out every food that helps in increasing the iii.
Here some of the foods you need to cross them out of your menu immediately to get your stomach to function properly.
- High sugar foods
- Fizzy drinks
- High fatty foods
- Dairy products
Those are foods that cause your body to go in extreme diarrhea, gas and or constipation. If you can’t remove them at once, that’s totally fine. Take it one baby step at a time. Limit their consumption gradually and one day you will find your plate without those foods!
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Add salads to your meals as a source of fiber. This will keep your body hydrated and will prevent constipation.
Eat your meals and never skip one. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite. Have a promise for yourself that once you sit to the table, you are there to eat and not think about anything else. Live the present moment.
You need to reduce the amount of starch you consume daily. Pasta, cereals, potatoes and beans. These cause extreme bloating if consumed more than enough. Limit your intake of them. And replace them with fresh and healthy foods.
The last thing we recommend is to pay attention to what you eat and drink and how your body reacts to it.
When you eat or drink something, make sure you pay close attention to how your body reacts to it. If it is uneasiness or the symptoms start to appear, never eat that again.
If on the other hand you feel good and energized after, make sure you include that in your diet too. And of course, you can’t remember everything. That’s why having a notebook or simply using your phone is a must to jot down your notes is more than a must. That’s your HEALTH. Take it a little seriously.
Making those simple diet tweaks mentioned above is a huge step in itself. And if you haven’t seen any apparent results with those, only then you go for the next step.
Here are some of the best bowel syndrome medications you can take to lower or get rid of the disorder forever:
Let’s first have a look at some of the medications that target the symptoms, rather than the IBS itself:
One thing is all you need to control your constipation. More FIBER, especially in form of supplements. Taking fiber supplements may help you tremendously in controlling dn even get rid of constipation.
But what supplements are you talking about exactly?
There are actually many to choose from, but two are mostly used and well known among people. The first one is psyllium, found in Metamucil. The other one is methylcellulose, found in Citrucel. These are the best fiber supplements.
As we said earlier, there is a psychological side to the equation. So, if you suffer from depression, taking anti-depression pills can help you so much with IBS. But not any anti-depressants help with that. These two are proven to work. Either Tricyclic antidepressant or a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
And if you are so much into depression medications, there is always a way out. You can get yourself a few counselling sessions. This will help loosen the depression and in return your IBS symptoms will decrease a little, if their source is more of a psychological issue.
If it is constant diarrhea is what you struggle with, then there are medications you can take to lessen that. Imodium, Prevalite, Welchol, and Colestid can help you to a great deal control your diarrhea.
And off to the very best medications to target and hit the IBS straight in the stomach! Ready for those?
Here you go:
That’s one of the few medications that help the fluid run through your small intestines smoothly. Lubiprostone helps with the IBS constipation type. It is often prescribed for women, with 18 years of age and more.
For men, it is not advised to use it. For you gentlemen, Lubiprostone will do you more harm than good.
The side effects women may notice, taking this medication, are abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Other than than, it helps a lot with the passing of your stool through the intestines.
This one too is not at all prescribed for men. Only women can use, and only in severe cases. This medication helps your colon to slow down and relax. As a result, the waste runs through the intestines more slowly. It helps a lot with the diarrhea.
N.B: Before taking any of those medications and supplements listed above, please don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
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