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Irritable Bowel

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder. While many diseases can appear to be similar in nature, IBS symptoms are generally relief of pain after bowel movement, loose or more frequent painful bowel movements, and pressure and discomfort in the abdominal area.

It is difficult to determine the cause since many people do not seek medical consultation. There is also a large list of other conditions that are similar to IBS. In fact, the only way to diagnose IBS is to rule out other similar conditions and dietary behaviors. For anyone over the age of 50 or who has a personal or family history of bowel disease, getting a colonoscopy and other testing is always a good place to start. Once that is ruled out then the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be concluded, but not until then.

Stress

In today’s society it is easy to live without even knowing you are living with chronic stress. Stress has numerous deleterious effects including promoting inflammation, increased psychological effects, and decreased immune system. There are studies that support the link between lack of nutrient absorption and increased susceptibility to stress and depression. Other studies show that the psychological effect of stress can manifest as symptoms of IBS. Regardless of the causality, the connection of stress and IBS is very significant. Managing your stress levels are important, especially for those who have IBS. Addressing stress is critical if you are serious about creating a strong health foundation for longevity, wellness, and improved quality of life. Take care of yourself by avoiding foods that can trigger bowel irritation, consuming high-fiber foods, exercise regularly, and control your stress.

When considering a stress management plan, the beginning phase would be to evaluate your sources of stress using an online assessment tool such as the Stress Solution Tool (SST) to discover hidden and unrealized areas of stress that may be robbing your health and quality of life.

Diet

The health of the colon is vitally important especially for those with IBS, the maintenance and establishment of sufficient friendly bacteria in the colon in critical. Routinely the use of probiotics can prove helpful.

Also important is the adequate intake of dietary fiber, since many individuals do not achieve the recommended daily intake slowly increasing dietary fiber and adding psyllium can prove helpful in regulating healthier intestines. Healthy bowel elimination is crucial, especially if you have IBS. Many toxins can build-up and become trapped in the intestines when nutrients and fiber are lacking in your diet. Each day that goes by without 2-3 bowel movements increases the re-absorption of the toxins and unwanted material sitting in your intestines. Think of it this way…if you miss a bowel movement for a day or two, it becomes firmer and harder to pass. All the moisture (toxic waste water, hormones, and stuff) that was in your stool goes back into your body.

In the next step, identifying critical foods that are problematic for your system is important. Some allergens may be readily obvious, yet others may fall into the category of hidden food allergies. It only makes sense that since the number one function of the GI system is digestion, and then the food you are consuming may be leading to some if not all of your problems. Controlling this variable is a critical first step, and a useful tool would be to routinely use Aller-Food Check, a simple home testing technology that can evaluate 96 common foods and determine your personal immune response to the foods you are eating. Remember if your bowel is irritated (irritable bowel syndrome) controlling the exposure to irritants makes good sense.

It has also been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Few people actually eat a sufficiently health and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive.

Summary

It has been reported that fifteen percent of the population has felt the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. It is an uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing condition. If you find similarities between your current digestive condition and the symptoms of IBS, you should seek an evaluation from a medical professional. Many times it may be stress, fiber and food allergy induced. So, eliminating food allergens and increasing your fiber intake while proactively controlling your stress can greatly diminish the impact IBS has on your life.

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