Monday, June 11 2007 @ 05:21 PM MSD
|Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder which is characterized by constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, nausea and mucous in the stool, just to name a few.|
Although the causes of IBS are still not yet understood completely, the basic symptoms of the disorder seem to dictate that the regulation of bowel reflexes and function can be affected if there is a disturbance in the interaction between the gut, brain and the nervous system. With this basic understanding of IBS, there have been a number of different treatments that helps people deal with their IBS.
There are a lot of ways to treat irritable bowel syndrome, especially with the recent advancements in the field of medicine in terms of developing new pharmaceutical drugs and remedies to combat such a condition. IBS, which is actually a pretty common disorder of the intestines, is not known to a lot of people, and can sometimes continue on without treatment due to this lack of knowledge and understanding about the disorder. For those people who do know a little something about IBS, on the other hand, they are pigeonholed into thinking that the only type of treatments that are effective against IBS are those pharmaceutical medicines, not knowing that there are other, more natural ways of treating IBS.
The best natural way of treating IBS revolves around making a few lifestyle adjustments that helps prevent IBS and its symptoms from occurring. One of the biggest issues for IBS and its symptoms is stress and how it can worsen the person’s IBS condition. Although stress is not known to cause IBS, it can, however, aggravate the condition and the symptoms that a person with IBS may experience. In order to prevent such a thing from happening, you should make sure that you perform a few relaxation techniques just so you can help lower your stress level. The less stressed you are, the higher your chances are of preventing your IBS condition from worsening. Also, exercising regularly can also help with stress reduction. This will help you reduce the levels of stress that you may be experiencing, not just from your condition, but from your life in general as well.
Another natural way of treating IBS is by monitoring your food intake and diet, since certain foods can have an adverse effect on your condition by either making it or its symptoms worse. Certain IBS symptoms are said to have been caused by particular foods that can have an allergic reaction to your body, such as wheat, dairy, citrus, soy, gluten, corn and soy, as well as carbonated drinks and raw fruits and vegetables. These foods can further irritate your digestive tract, causing your condition to worsen or develop additional problems to it. It is advisable that if you have intolerance or allergies to some foods, that you avoid them completely, at least for the remainder of your condition.
Maintaining a proper bacterial balance also helps reduce the chances of frequent flare-ups, making it easier to handle your IBS condition. You can achieve this by taking probiotics, which helps reduce the yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract that contributes to your IBS condition.
Regardless of what type of treatment you choose to use, whether it is the natural way or not, always keep in mind that there are other forms of treatment for IBS out there, you just need to find which ones work for you the best.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor