While not life threatening, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, (IBS), currently afflicts thousands of people. While adding new customers annually, IBS creates very uncomfortable situations. Knowing the facts can help alleviate discomfort; “knowledge is everything.”
Although causes of IBS are not fully identified, it is suggested that there is a miscommunication between the intestine, brain, and the nervous system. Stress, causing reoccurrences, is all around us-in our jobs, family issues, and our environment. Pain and discomfort make it so that some patients avoid traveling, mingling, and even, just leaving their home.
Symptoms of IBS may include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas or bloating. Medical teams will normally test out patients of IBS displaying symptoms for six months or longer. There is a fine line between normal abdominal pain, and possible IBS.
A painful attack to the lower abdomen can devastate a life. The way we live, family life, careers, and emotions are all affected. The proper nutrition and a positive lifestyle change can position living with IBS more tolerable.
IBS sufferers wonder if their symptoms could be allergic reactions to certain food products. On that note it is suggested to keep track of the foods eaten, and when. Keeping a diet journal, or beginning an elimination diet will allow you to safely eliminate certain foods from your diet, leaving you to carefully determine what really could be afflicting you.
Elimination diets can help ease painful symptoms. Some food considerations to avoid include dairy, and gluten products. Only you know how your body will react to these and other foods.
A few suggestions to avoid or beware of for IBS sufferers:
* Fast food restaurants
* Salads, coffee, carbonated drinks, alcohol-
on an empty stomach.
- Egg yolks
- Hidden fats
- Mexican and French restaurants-due to the amount of fat in some meal choices
- Whole wheat
- Broccoli, leeks, garlic and onions may also pose problems
Although chronic excessive sugar intake (especially fructose) is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, gout, metabolic syndrome, and more, sugar is not a trigger to an IBS attack.
Dr. Andrea Jordheim, DC, Transformation Chiropractic Care in Livermore, can introduce you to the world of upper cervical care, helping to significantly alleviate your symptoms of IBS, improving your lifestyle; improving your health.
Eating for IBS… Heather Van Vorous