The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should not hold you back from living your life at its fullest. We want to support you on this journey and let you know you are not alone. Whether it is you, a family member or a close friend who suffers from it, educating yourself on this common disease can help support you or your loved ones in tough times.
What is IBS?
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder that occurs in your bowel functions. The symptoms can be bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, nausea, or constipation; all of which occur for long periods of time. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 10 to 15 percent of people in the United States suffer from IBS.
IBS is a lifelong struggle as there is no known cure for it, but there are many methods to ease the symptoms. It is important not to lose hope and to be patient in the process. You are constantly healing.
How deal with IBS?
There are some medical treatments available to help cope with the symptoms. Most people with IBS treat it with a diet. Many have found the Low-FODMAP diet to be helpful for a short trial. Finding foods that will cause symptoms to flare up is essential so they can be avoided. Being on this diet should not stop you from blessing your taste buds. There are many recipes online that can help you get creative even in the midst of this.
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“IBS symptoms are not caused by psychological disorders and are definitely not “in your head,” but behavioral therapies can help relieve symptoms for some people with IBS.” –American College of Gastroenterology.
Psychological stress can cause your symptoms to worsen, or might even trigger them. Different relaxation techniques have been helpful to others who deal with IBS.
Being active and exercising can help alleviate your symptoms. Stress is known to be a trigger for IBS symptoms to flare up. Exercise can prevent stress and also prove helpful when dealing with IBS symptoms in many other ways. Simple movements and exercises like pilates are a great way to build a healthy lifestyle around IBS. Give it a try!
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It is important to remember you are not alone in this. Being open about your struggles with loved ones will be a massive support on this journey. Another fun way to find others who relate to this problem is through social media. Simply type in the hashtag IBS, and find loads of content to support you.
Remember that your gut is trying its best to nurture you properly, and loving it back is important. Treat your bowel kindly, keeping in mind that it takes time to heal.