How do you heal IBS naturallyOct 30, 2022
Ever feel a cringe of embarrassment when your stomach howls or grumbles?
Those with IBS know this feeling all too well!
Despite it being a very common condition - affecting up to one in five people in the UK - scientists still don’t know the exact cause or cure.
Too often we’re told to just live with it, and get on with our lives… and many people don’t even realize they have IBS!
So today we're clearing up some misconceptions.
WHAT REALLY CAUSES IBS AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS?
Firstly, IBS can develop at any age, but it is most common in young adults and middle-aged adults. IBS is more common in women than men.
The scientific definition of IBS is: "A disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort associated with altered bowel habits in the absence of any structural or biochemical abnormality that could explain the symptoms."
IBS happens when your stomach and intestines don't work together properly. The muscles in your intestines contract and relax to move food through your digestive system.
However, in people with IBS, these muscles may contract too much or too little. This can cause food to move too quickly or too slowly through the digestive system, which can lead to the symptoms of IBS.
IBS is a condition that affects the digestive system and is characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it is thought to be due to a combination of factors, including genetic predisposition, gut infections and psychological stress.
In other words, IBS is a condition that affects the way your digestive system works, but there is no one specific cause. This can make IBS hard to diagnose and treat.
HOW DO YOU HEAL IBS HOLISTICALLY?
Secondly, There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how to heal IBS without medication. However, there are a few key things that we know can help, these include:
- Identifying and avoiding trigger foods: There are certain foods that can trigger IBS symptoms. Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, spicy foods and processed foods. Trying a low FODMAP diet, or keeping a food diary can help you identify your own personal triggers. Once you know what your triggers are, you can avoid them and help reduce your IBS symptoms.
- Stress management: Stress is a common trigger for IBS symptoms. Learning ways to manage stress can help reduce your symptoms. Some stress-management techniques that may help include relaxation therapies such as yoga or meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
- Probiotics: Probiotics are live bacteria that are found in yogurt and other fermented foods. They can also be taken in supplement form. Probiotics help to restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, which can help to improve digestion.
- Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy: This evidence-based method helps to directly address the miscommunication between your brain and gut, while restoring healthy gut function. It’s a deeply relaxing and soothing experience that soothes and calms your gastrointestinal tract, body and mind to create long-term relief from IBS symptoms.
While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how to heal IBS without medication, these four key things can help. By understanding the science behind IBS, identifying trigger foods and learning ways to manage stress, you can help reduce your IBS symptoms and take control back over your gut and life once again.
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