Living with IBS - Coping with Irritable Bowel Symptoms

Living with IBS can be a very maddening experience. The best thing to do is learn to cope with irritable bowel symptoms because there is no cure for IBS yet.

Imagine, you're in the middle of a social event when suddenly, you feel an intense abdominal discomfort. You begin to sweat profusely...until you can't stand it anymore and you head for the nearest toilet in a hurry.

Do you often experience bouts with diarrhea? Do you have an uncontrollable urge to have a bowel movement at the wrong time and at the wrong place?

Very embarrassing, right?

If you do, then you are not alone.

What is IBS?

IBS, also known as Irritable bowel syndrome, is one of the most common gastro-intestinal disorders that wreak havoc on the social lives of thousands of adults.

It is characterized by abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. And in some instances, alternating bouts with constipation and diarrhea occur.

For some people, living with IBS translates into relieving symptoms with a daily dose of medications.

And the bad news is, irritable bowel syndrome tend to happen more often in women like you than in men.

Symptoms of IBS

  • Abdominal pain, which is more often than not, relieved by a bowel movement
  • Bloating
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Combination of both constipation and diarrhea
  • Change in bowel movement frequency

What Causes IBS

The colons of those individuals living with IBS are more sensitive to specific foods, caffeine, stress, medicines, etc.

Studies showed that bacterial infection in the gastro-intestinal tract may cause irritable bowel syndrome.

Living with IBS

IBS is, as the name suggests, a combination of symptoms. There are many options available to you if you are one of those unfortunate individuals with this condition.

So, what are your options? Your doctor may suggest laxatives for constipation or some medicines for diarrhea.

He might prescribe antispasmodics which control colon muscle spasms. He might recommend a high fiber diet to prevent spasms.

Stress and depression are key players in irritable bowel syndrome because they can stimulate colon spasms. Your doctor might also prescribe anti-depressants to relieve some symptoms. Unfortunately, these medications can worsen constipation.

Try to eat smaller meals more often. It is one way of easing irritable bowel symptoms.

And don't forget to drink eight glasses of water daily especially if you have diarrhea.

You can also opt for an alternative approach in treating IBS.

Here's what Naturopathic Specialist, Dr. Nonoy Puaso recommends:

  • Aloe Vera Gel..................1/2 cup once a day
  • Fields of Green................3 tabs 3x a day
  • Bee Propolis....................1 tab 3x a day
  • Lycium Plus.....................1 tab 3x a day

By the way, taking probiotic supplements might also be a big help.

Aloe vera gel acts as 'prebiotic' and fosters the growth of these friendly bacteria in your gut. It provides the ideal environment for them to thrive and function effectively.

And there you have it, taking the alternative approach in treating IBS helps improve your quality of life if you happen to be a person living with IBS.

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Benefits of Alfalfa - can be yours if you take green supplements

Bee Propolis - is widely acknowledged as one of the best natural anibiotics available to mankind

Lycium Barbarum - As an antioxidant supplement, it is about 100x stronger than vitamin C and E

Probiotic Supplements - are essential to the development of your immune system

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