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