Natural remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome that ease symptoms and make life more manageable


Posted on: 22 November 2019 by Felix Black

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. ... Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress

In Australia, irritable bowel syndrome is prevalent in about 1 in every 5 Australian residents

The condition is twice as common among women as it is for men. Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that affects the colon and/or large bowel. This is the part of the digestive system that stores stool. People that have the condition of irritable bowel syndrome have sensitive bowels which causes discomfort in the abdominal area. Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common condition, especially in Australia. As already stated, women are more susceptible to having irritable bowel syndrome, onset is often observed during the later teenage years and in the early twenties. The symptoms may come and go over the lifespan of a person’s life, but in women the symptoms are normally worse right before a women’s menstrual cycle.  

The symptoms involve with irritable bowel syndrome are abdominal pain and/or discomfort that is alleviated by passing gas or eliminating feces in the bowels, bloating of the abdomen and frequent diarrhea or constipation or occasionally alternating between the two, just to name the main symptoms. Some other symptoms that may accompany the main symptoms are a mucus in the stool, bowel movements that seem unfinished and nausea. A person experiencing these symptoms may help lessen the effects with their diet.

It is a good idea to have a good range of the following foods in one’s diet every day, brown or whole grain rice, bread, pasta and high fiber cereal; about three servings of dairy products, two to three servings of fruit, five servings of vegetables and one or two servings of meat, cheese and/or fish. Consuming at least eight glasses of water is highly encouraged.

Even though irritable bowel syndrome may be painful, there is no damage that is caused to the colon or any other parts of the digestive tract

It is also not known that irritable bowel syndrome may lead to other health issues. Some symptoms that may be observed that are not due to irritable bowel syndrome are bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, fever and severe diarrhea, especially at night. If these symptoms are present then there may be other issues present and further medical testing may be required.

It is currently uncertain what the underlying reason is on how irritable bowel syndrome is developed

Experts from assume that it can be a development of sensitivity to the normal functioning of the normal bowel functions, which can cause discomfort and abnormal bowel contractions. There are multiple things that could factor into the triggering the sensitivity in the digestive tract to appear. Infection, food intolerance, general diet, stress and medications can all play a part in causing irritable bowel syndrome to occur.

In identifying the condition, the symptoms may be so in line that test are not required

Typically, diagnostic test are required for people over the age of 40 years old when symptoms are present. If a person has a family history of bowel cancer or other daunting diseases and conditions a series of test are often required to rule out other health conditions. The series of test may include medical check-ups, complete blood panel, stool samples, bowel lining investigation and scopes of the bowels.

The treatment for irritable bowel syndrome is not a one trick approach

It involves a treatment plan developed by the patient and the medical provider. Each person diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome may require special needs therefore there is no one approach to treat the condition. One main treatment is to avoid the triggers that will initiate an irritable episode. Some drugs that are used to treat irritable bowel syndrome are antidiarrheal agents, pain relievers, constipation treatment  and antidepressants. It is very important that people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome establish an eating routine that avoids upsetting the digestive tract.

Currently there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome and the condition is not known to cause other health concerns in the future

Even though irritable bowel syndrome does not cause other conditions like bowel cancer bowel cancer is common in Australia but there has not been a link associated with irritable bowel syndrome. People with irritable bowel syndrome do report more frequent headaches, urinary problems and period pain compared to people who do not have irritable bowel syndrome.

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