Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Truly Irritating!!!  Symptoms, Causes & Diet

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ever noticed a member of the family member rush to the toilet like a homing pigeon at the end of almost each meal. That individual is in discomfort and strife, as the ingested food is  definitely looking  for  a way out  from the system.

But in this case what has  happened is that the signals from the brain  which controls  the intricate digestive system through hormones and nerves is not being clearly  interpreted by the good bacteria residing in  the gut  and this  altered communication  or disturbed pattern ,is  obstructing  evacuation  of the  stool from the bowel, causing irritation in the colon.

Hence the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Causes

It is believed that specific causes for this syndrome remain yet  not clearly defined. Empirical studies, however ,tend to suggest that  stress is one major factor as  it controls the nervous system thereby impacting the colon. Higher serotonin levels, diet not compatible with the system, poor sleep, changes in the gut are some other triggers  identified during the course of research.

Among women, the period of menstruation and pregnancy tends to heighten this Irritable Bowel Syndrome syndrome, as menopausal women are less affected.

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Symptoms

Since IBS does not follow  a definitive physiological  pattern, variances in its behavior have been observed  from individual to individual.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms

Among the commonly identified symptoms are cramping, a clear sense of relief after bowel movement, change in the frequency and form of stool which generally tends to have mucous, abdominal pain, more pronounced in the lower abdomen,  a feeling of incomplete bowel movement, bloating  and  blood in the stool.

Appears like a contradiction, yet IBS can cause diarrhoea or constipation as in the latter stage, water is soaked up from the stool through intestinal intervention making the stool  difficult to pass.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):Diet and its Importance

Know your body and identify which food  is best suited. Here the trick  is not what you can eat but what not to eat.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Diet and its Importance

Bulk forming foods , high on fiber are best avoided. Similarly, gluten-carrying foods such as dairy products, fried  and processed foods, beans, garlic, onions , broccoli and alcohol should be on the negative list.

Soluble fiber foods like peas, barley, probiotics, plenty of water and as suggested,  a touch of ginger or peppermint  may be preferred as they tend to reduce IBS symptoms.

Dependence on laxatives should be curtailed . As IBS is a medical condition, Doctor should be consulted as there appears  to be no cure for the syndrome but treatment through medically-supervised management.

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