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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers & Prevention

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not easy and that’s exactly what any person with this condition will tell you.

This condition is also known as mucous colitis, spastic colon, spastic constipation and variations of these, but IBS is the preferred term these days.

Naturally, symptoms vary depending upon the person. However, even just having one of the following symptoms is likely to be at the least annoying and at worst, disabling.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Erratic bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Headache, fatigue, and/or impaired concentration
  • Nausea or weight loss

Common triggers for IBS are:

  • Refined breads and cereals
  • Refined foods such as chips and cookies
  • Drinks such as coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol
  • High animal protein diets

The direct cause:

Eating too many foods that have little or no fiber, not walking enough, taking too many laxatives, not drinking enough water and not getting enough of what is considered “good” sleep.

Synthetic, hydrogenated animal fats are a common cause of IBS flare-ups. This is due to the fact that the bowel normally contracts following a meal high in fat. These normal contractions can be extremely painful in people with IBS.

Therefore, it is usually easier for the body to handle several small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big meals.

What can i do?

Proper hydration is absolutely crucial, drink 1 liter of water for every 22kilos of body weight, daily.

Liquorice root can help relieve irritation of the bowel due to the fact that it is a natural soothing and coating agent.

People with IBS are able to eliminate all or most of their symptoms simply by adding peppermint oil to warm water and drinking it. Peppermint tea can also be very effective.

Psyllium seeds are very high in fiber, and have been shown to help relieve the pain of IBS, as well as the diarrhea and constipation that may accompany it.

A Colon Cleanse will ensure your internal pipes (small & large intestine) are cleared out of any dis-ease and allows for maximum nutrient absorption. You should aim to do a colon cleanse every quarter.

Also, drink (or add raw to wholegrain bread) 1 shot glass of Extra Virgin Olive Oil per day.

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