Get natural relief for your IBS.
IBS can be an embarrassing problem and one that generally falls under the heading of “too much information”. Often, you hope it will just go away without treatment, and sometimes you’re in denial and decide that it’s just a bug, or maybe something you ate.
IBS is a nasty condition that can leave you reluctant to venture outside your front door and cause anxiety, stress and even panic attacks when you do. If this sounds like you, you aren’t alone. IBS is a very common gastrointestinal disorder with 15 to 25% of the population suffering mild to severe symptoms. Some people have symptoms mild enough that they don’t recognize it as IBS, but many people deal with symptoms that range from diarrhea or constipation to abdominal pain, bloating, cramps and excess gas.
You’re never sure what’s going to set it off and when the symptoms are bad, panic attacks can reduce your life to that of a spectator instead of a participant.
Medications Treat the Symptoms of IBS
Diagnosis of IBS is often by exclusion, made once your doctor has eliminated other serious conditions including cancer, diverticulitis, celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Conventional medicine considers this condition to be incurable, but can provide a number of medications that will help to reduce your symptoms. Obviously, this is not an ideal situation. When you know there’s something wrong, you don’t want to hide it, you want to fix it! So a more helpful approach would be to identify and treat the cause.
Natural Treatment for IBS
There are a number of other conditions that have been linked to IBS including food allergy or an overgrowth of abnormal bacteria or yeast in the gut, so a more helpful approach would be to first identify the cause of your IBS. Natural treatment can then be aimed at either eliminating problem foods from the diet or dealing with abnormal bacteria or yeast. The normal gut contains billions of bacteria and these are essential to maintaining good health. They aid digestion, absorb nutrients, reduce cancer and maintain the immune system. When the wrong type of bacteria proliferate, unpleasant symptoms result and IBS can be the outcome. There are a number of reasons why the wrong type of bacteria or yeast build up in the gut. The commonest are overuse of antibiotics and eating too much sugar (which includes all carbohydrates). The result is the production of excess gas from the fermentation of sugars which causes bloating and cramping. The fermentation process also creates a small amount of alcohol and this can lead to feelings of fatigue and brain fog.
Get Rid of the Anxiety of IBS with Natural Remedies
Treating IBS – the cause, not just the symptoms – involves reducing carbohydrates in the diet, taking healthy bacteria and yeast in the form of probiotics, and using herbal antibacterial and anti-yeast products as well as L glutamine and Aloe Vera to reduce bowel inflammation. Natural treatments are safe, effective and can greatly improve quality of life for people living with IBS.
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To your health,
Dr. Chris Dawkins, BM, MRCGP, LMCC
Chief Nutrition Optimizer at Natural Health Publishing