It has been estimated
that approximately one in seven people suffer from Irritable
Bowel Syndrome (IBS). More women than men are effected and for
many years it was thought to be mostly psychological. However,
research in Great Britain appears to disprove this.
Symptoms can include
abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, increased
flatulence, mucus in stools, nausea, bloating and anorexia. As
these symptoms could also be the result of a more serious
problem it is best to consult your physician first.
Rule out any
food allergies and lactose intolerance.
usually recommend eating a healthy high fiber diet.
When an upset occurs it may help to keep to bland
food and foods and drinks that contain caffeine as
this can irritate the intestine.
alcohol and smoking - both can irritate the intestine
reduce stress. It may not be the cause, but stress
reduction has been shown to help with the symptoms.
shown that hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques have
also been successful in the treatment of IBS.
and Herbal Supplements that may Help
tea can ease intestinal cramping and soothe
irritation. The tea can be made from dried flowers or
chamomile capsules. Experts suggest drinking a freshly
brewed cup 3 or 4 times each day between meals.
(must be enteric coated or it can irritate the
stomach) also eases intestinal cramping and soothes
irritation. A burning sensation in the rectum is
experienced by some people - chamomile is a better
choice in this case.
- this helps restore "friendly" bacteria to
suggest taking 2000 mg of Calcium and 1000 mg of
Magnesium. These are important to the central nervous
system and can help with a nervous stomach
tablets can help to relieve gas and bloating
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