Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a Disorder That Leads To Abdominal Pain, Cramping, and Changes in Bowel Movements
IBS is not the same as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In IBS, the structure of the bowel is not abnormal – (National Library of Medicine). Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon) causing abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term. IBS can come and go but is a condition that is usually a symptom or expression in the body of other underlying issues such as stress, parasites, fungus, weak stomach acids, mineral deficiencies, thyroid issues, bacteria, candida, or poor diet.
Most people are surprised to learn they are not alone with IBS. In fact, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects about 1 out of 10 people or more. IBS is one of the most common disorders seen by doctors. There’s no single treatment or cure. There are ways to manage IBS so that you feel better. Irritable bowel syndrome is sometimes called spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach, or irritable colon.
Diet, food and eating can affect symptoms in IBS. Many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) notice that their symptoms appear to get worse following a meal. They may wonder if they have a dietary allergy or intolerance. More confusing, they may notice that a food seems to upset them on one day but not another. However, muscles and nerves are over-reactive in IBS. This can cause the bowel to over-respond to stimuli – ( Peter J. Whorwell, MD, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology). Even a normal event such as the act of eating itself, and not a particular food, may aggravate symptoms at times. Eating releases hormones that stimulate the gut.
Causes of IBS
Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can make your body overreact to the changes that normally occur in the digestive process. This overreaction can cause pain, diarrhea or constipation.
Hormones. Because women are twice as likely to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes play a role in this condition. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.
Stress. Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress. But while stress may aggravate symptoms, it doesn’t cause them.
Other illnesses such as an acute episode of infectious diarrhea (gastroenteritis) or too many bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth), can trigger IBS. Parasites, fungus, weak stomach acids, mineral deficiencies, thyroid issues, candida are also related to the symptomology of IBS.
Possible IBS Food Allergies:
- Gluten Intolerance
- Raw Potatoes
- Whole Potato
- Melons (cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon)
- Bell Pepper
- Some Spices (seeds, parsley, coriander, anise seeds, fennel seeds)
Some Foods Are Gas Producing
Eating too much may cause increased gaseousness. This is especially true since Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be associated with retention of gas and bloating. Examples include:
- Legumes (like peas, peanuts, soybeans)
- Brussels sprouts
If you find that fiber is gas producing or seems to be a problem that causes you to feel bloated or in pain, it is usually insoluble fiber (mainly found in cereals or whole grains) that is the problem – (http://www.aboutibs.org/ ).
The influence of diet is unique to each person. There is no generalized dietary advice that will work for everyone. Meals may seem to trigger symptoms. It may be the process of eating and not a certain food that sets off your symptoms. Eating stimulates the digestive tract, which can over-respond because of IBS.
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help your digestive tract. The guidelines say they can improve symptoms such as bloating and flatulence in IBS. (See Prescript-Assist™ )
Eating smaller meals, more often, spread throughout your day. Instead of 3 meals, try 5 or 6 regularly scheduled small meals.
Slow down – don’t rush through meals and chew thoroughly.
Avoid meals that over-stimulate the gut, like large meals or high fat foods.
If constipated, try to make sure you have breakfast, as this is the meal that is most likely to stimulate the colon and give you a bowel movement.
- Insoluble (cereal) fiber
Other Causes For IBS – See Our Website Tests:
- Weak stomach acids
- Potassium Deficiencies
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
Most importantly, it is essential to investigate for weak stomach acids and liver toxicity/inflammation. We have discovered with many clients that these are usually the main causes of digestive issues When this occurs the entire digestive system becomes out of balance and the normal organ function and digestive system functions are weakened creating more chronic or acute issues, if not addressed. For more information and an evaluation by our team see our Evaluation Form and no charge test and test to purchase.