Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by: Anna Frazier

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas. People who have IBS have to manage it long term. IBS deals with the excretory and digestive system.

Causes of IBS

- Food: food allergies play a role in IBS, although we don't know the direct relationship between food and IBS. Some foods include chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, etc.

- Stress: People with IBS are worse or more frequent when under great stress.

- Hormones: Women are much more likely to have IBS, and find that their symptoms are more frequent or prevalent while on their menstrual cycle.

- Other Illnesses: Sometimes illnesses like diarrhea or too many bacteria in the intestines can cause IBS.

Treatment

- Eliminate High-Gas Foods: try to cut out carbonated beverages and some vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and avoid faw fruits.

- Eliminate Gluten: Some people with IBS say their syptoms have lessened when they cut gluten out of their diet.

- Fiber Supplements: Fiber can control constipation, but fiber from foods may cause bloating, so the fiber supplements help.

Prevention

- Biofeedback: helps relieve muscle tension and slow your heart rate to reduce stress.

- Progressive Relaxation Exercise: Relaxes your muscles one-by-one by clenching the muscle from your toes and progresses of the body to your head.

- Deep Breathing: Most adults breath from their chest, but breathing from your diaphragm can reduce stress

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