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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) seems to be hitting people hard with symptoms like bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea. People are trying to find the miracle cure or pill to stop these symptoms to be able to enjoy their lives. Others have just given in to the fact that it’s their body and they were only meant to live in comfy, baggy clothes.
Can I let you in on a little secret….you can cure your IBS. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel and it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming array of tests, pills and trial and error.
I have clients come to me complaining of an array of things affecting their daily life because of IBS and yes it is upsetting and unbearable.
Maybe you can relate to some of the below:
- Does life feel very limited? Limited in what you can eat, limited in where you can go out?
- Do you lie in bed at night and hear your own bowel sounds?
- Does your world revolve around toilet accessibility?
- Is eating a constant game of Russian roulette?
- Can your body swell from a size 8 to a size 12 in a day?
The truth is, our digestive health is vitally important to our overall health. Myself and my clients with IBS, were either diagnosed with IBS or have the symptoms and their doctors couldn’t find the cause of the illness, so told to simply add more fibre to their diet, take a laxative or prescribed some type of antidepressant.
This is not the answer and from experience doesn’t work, because they don’t address the underlying causes of why your digestion is not working.
Now, the reason you have IBS in the first place could have stemmed from a few things; stress and anxiety, antibiotics, food poisoning, pregnancy, pollution, pesticides or a parasite.
Hence why the solution is not a one-size-fits-all but looking at underlying causes and treating them can find solutions.
8 reasons why you still have IBS
- You’re stressed and anxious – this is key. I don’t have to show you research about how this negatively impacts our health. We can’t get rid of stress in today’s society, but we can manage it such as deep belly breathing, getting outside in nature, going for a walk and even trying yoga.
- You’re eating sugary, processed foods. Yes, I am talking about the microwaveable meals that are said to help you lose weight like the low calorie, low fat rubbish or the slimming world and weight watchers stuff. This is NOT real food! Get rid and replace with real, whole, fresh foods. Your body cannot process it properly hence causing you more discomfort.
- You’re not eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods like turmeric, cinnamon, green leafy veg, berries and salmon are all foods that the body loves as they’re loaded with nutrients that combat inflammation in the body. Your gut is inflamed as it’s giving you signs like bloating and gas. My motto is ‘eat the rainbow’ – get some amazingly colourful things on your plate and try a different fruit or veg everyday, get creative – your gut will thank you for it
- You’re not trying some gut-healing nutrients. Other nutrients that help heal the lining of the gut including GLA (from evening primrose oil), zinc, vitamin A, and glutamine . Try bone broth/ stock – have a cup everyday before bed, so healing.
- You’re dehydrated. I cannot stress this enough. The most effective way to improve gut health is to drink more water. The gut is a long slippery tube, and for it to function effectively, you need to keep that slipperiness. This does not mean consuming sugary or caffeinated drinks, I mean WATER.
- You’re not exercising regularly OR you’re over exercising. Randomized controlled trials show regular, consistent exercise reduces IBS-C symptoms . When it comes to IBS-D, I would suggest a gentler approach and not going for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as this could add to your symptoms.
- You’re sitting on the toilet wrong. I use to see a colonic therapist (one of the many trials I did to improve my gut health) and she told me that being in a squat position on the toilet actually straightens the colon and reduces pressure. This will really help people with IBS-C. Lift your knees so they’re higher than your hips when you go to the loo, or buy a stool to put your feet on to help change the colon angle.
- You’re not leaving time for gut healing. The cells that make up the walls of the intestines replace themselves every 72 hours and are quite vulnerable to stress . This repair cannot take place as effectively if your gut is still working hard on digestion. Leaving 12 hours between your last meal of the day and when you eat breakfast gives a clear period for the gut to repair and replenishment rather than digesting.
These are a few ways to help eliminate IBS for good however depending on the person; each strategy needs to be done in stages for maximum benefit. Don’t just add in some probiotic foods like sauerkraut and hope for the best. Your gut is sensitive and thing need to be managed well until its healed.
Whether you have or think you have IBS-C or D, I got rid of my symptoms and I work with people to get rid of there’s too. For more information or to book a call with me BOOK NOW!
How have you managed to overcome IBS?
Have you managed to beat IBS? Maybe you have found a way to manage the symptoms and make them bearable. Let us know in the comment box below!
References: http://drhyman.com/blog/2015/04/17/powerful-strategies-to-eliminate-ibs-other-gut-issues/  https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-2008-1038600  http://alternativemedicine.com/understanding-leaky-gut/