All About IBS
Unfortunately, our world doesn’t know all about IBS, we don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle.
The biggest problem however, is that many people don’t know anything about this illness!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told someone I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and they say something like “does that mean you poop a lot?”
I’ve gotten plenty of ridiculous responses such as that, not everyone has a full understanding of what we’re dealing with.
If you have any family, friends, etc. that you’d want to learn more about IBS, share this post with them.
What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder and not a disease.
IBS is not life-threatening, but you should absolutely consult your doctor if you are experiencing IBS symptoms.
This disorder causes pain and discomfort to the lower GI tract.
People with IBS can experience IBS C (constipation), IBS D (diarrhea) or even having both, alternating.
This is a chronic disorder.
The cause is still unknown.
Common symptoms include: Constipation, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Cramping, Stomach Discomfort, Bloating, Excessive Gas and Indigestion.
Other side effects can stem from IBS like anxiety and depression or other digestive illnesses like GERD (chronic acid reflux).
Where IBS Stands
Around 10-15 percent of our world population has IBS.
Wait did I say the WHOLE WORLD?? You heard right.
What an ugly statistic and a huge problem at hand.
There are many theories on the cause of IBS, but we don’t have a REAL solid answer.
What Is The Best Cure For IBS
We won’t truly know all about IBS and ways to cure it until more research is done.
At the present moment, there is no specific cure for IBS.
Some folks have claimed that certain treatments have “cured” their IBS, but overall we don’t have a cure for everyone.
How To Treat IBS Symptoms
There are tons and tons of options for Irritable Bowel symptoms treatment.
A great, natural option is to simply make diet changes.
You can read all about IBS herbal remedies here.
You probably get the idea that I prefer a natural approach in treatments.
But you should first consult your doctor before making any changes at all.
For severe IBS symptoms, medication may be the way to go and your doctor will be able to discuss that with you.
A Few Of My Favorite Things
Now that we’ve learned all about IBS, here are some of my favorite things to manage my IBS symptoms.
Digestive Enzymes are KEY to better digestion! The Zenwise Digestive Enzymes include both Prebiotics and Probiotics, great for a healthy gut.
Digestive Enzymes are a life-changer for people with IBS!
I really love The Complete Low FODMAP Diet, it gives great information and meal ideas for anyone that wants to adopt a low FODMAP diet.
Having one, great resource for your diet goes a long way.
I feel like half of my posts include the Heather’s Tummy Tea, but it’s so fantastic.
I drink this tea anytime I feel cramping or bloating and it gives quick and great relief, plus it’s natural!
For those looking into the Ketogenic Diet (specifically those with IBS D), the book below “The Complete Ketogenic Diet For Beginners” is going to be your best friend.
This book has great information along with real meal plans to make your life easier.
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