Irritable bowel syndrome is the feeling of discomfort in your intestines. IBS is often accompanied by cramps, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. Most people suffering from IBS have to deal with too much stress or food allergies. It usually starts early on, during adolescence. And it is rare after age 50.
But the good news is:
IBS can be managed with a few key lifestyle changes, especially eating and drinking right.
No surprise there!
Common Symptoms of IBS
Do you have an irritable bowel? There are some common signs that you do:
- Abdominal pain and discomfort.
- Abdominal contractions after eating.
- Bloating and stomach cramps.
- Chronic diarrhoea, constipation, or both.
Testing yourself for IBS is a good idea if you suspect you have more than one of the above IBS symptoms.
How To Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome Naturally
- Diet Control: Make notes of foods that you are allergic to or leave you feeling uncomfortable later. May you visited a restaurant and ate a dish that made you feel not yourself. Call them and inquire about the ingredients so you can better manage what you order next time.
- Watch Fibre: Fibre not a simple solution for irritable bowel syndrome. Insoluble fibres like nuts, seeds, and bran do not dissolve in water but they can make your IBS worse if you have diarrhoea. Soluble fibres, such as oats, barley, rye, dissolve in water and they can cause bowel problems if you suffer from constipation.
- Try ACV: You know that apple cider vinegar is a wonderful kitchen ingredient. Mix two teaspoons of ACV into a glass of drinking water to ease IBS, which is often due to low stomach acid.
- Lower FODMAP: Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAP) are carbohydrates in beans, milk, wheat, fruits, and vegetables that your body may not be able to digest easily, making you bloat or feel uncomfortable. Ask your doctor or dietician whether you need to follow a FODMAP diet.
- Manage Stress: According to WebMD, anxiety related stress from either professional or personal problems directly affects the digestive system and worsens IBS symptoms. So reduce stress by doing stress-releasing workouts, join in group activities like team sports, aerobics or a chess club. Focus on simple pleasures, such as doing yoga, reading a good book, watching movies, listening to music, playing with kids, and even video games.
- Try Probiotics: Some dietary supplements can improve your digestion, as well as ease irritable bowel syndrome. If you are vegetarian, try fish oils and omegas and a multi-vitamin. Foods, such as cultivated yoghurt are “gut-friendly” because they contain “good” bacteria. After consulting with your dietician, you can add probiotic foods to your diet for a month or two, and see how your stomach responds.
- Ancient Ayurveda: Plant sources and herbal remedies are natural and great for easing IBS. Amla, haritaki, bahera, fennel, cumin and coriander together is a super herbal remedy and general digestive cure.
- Eat Slowly: Sometimes it is just simple eating disorders people have that worsen their IBS symptoms. Ask yourself, “Am I eating too fast?” Jamming food into your body too quickly will give digestive disorders even if you do not have IBS.
- Schedule Meals: Avoid skipping meals and try to eat on time. Staying on an empty stomach for too long is sure to irritate your digestive system. Your blood sugar will drop and make you eat the wrong foods too quickly. Always keep healthy snacks handy in your bag, when you are on the go.
- Drink Up: Water is essential for good digestion, especially irritable bowel syndrome. You should drink eight glasses of water in the day. Avoid milk, caffeinated, sugary and fizzy drinks when possible, which can complicate matters such as make you gassy.