Struggling with IBS? What should you do?
Are you struggling with IBS? Did you know that IBS is just a symptom of your body telling you that something is wrong? Did you try laxatives, anti-diarrheal drugs, antiacids, even SSRI, but still struggling?
I know. I have been there. I was suffering from IBS symptoms for years, while all the doctor said that nothing is wrong. All the labs are normal. Even though I was suffering from severe bloating, cramps and constipation.
So, if you are dealing with IBS, what do you really need to do?
First let’s start from the beginning…
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine. It is a functional disorder, meaning that it affects the way the digestive system works without causing any visible physical damage.
IBS is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, around 10-15% of the global population suffers from IBS. It is more common in women than men, and it often develops in people before the age of 50.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors, including abnormal gastrointestinal motility, increased sensitivity to visceral pain, stress, and dietary factors. Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to IBS.
The symptoms of IBS vary from person to person but typically include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or a combination of both. The pain is often relieved after a bowel movement, and it may be associated with changes in bowel movements, such as diarrhea or constipation.
The diagnosis of IBS is typically made by ruling out other gastrointestinal disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease or celiac disease. There is no specific test for IBS, but a doctor may order blood tests, stool tests, and colonoscopy to rule out other conditions.
The treatment for IBS in the Western Medicine typically involves managing the symptoms and reducing stress. This may include changes in diet, such as avoiding certain foods that can trigger symptoms (by a course of trial and error), increasing fiber intake, drinking plenty of water, taking medications such as antispasmodics to reduce abdominal pain and cramping, laxatives to relieve constipation, and anti-diarrheal medications to control diarrhea. In some cases, antidepressant medication may be prescribed to reduce anxiety and improve symptoms.
So, what do you really need to do?
Treating and reliving the symptoms are a very good way to start. However, in order to heal you need to address the why. There are numerous reasons that your body is not functioning correctly, while the end result in your case is IBS symptoms. Look at your body as a whole system, with each part affecting the others.
The first step will be to identify which part in your body is not functioning. You will be surprise to know that there are many hidden stressors that can affect your general health, and specifically your digestion. These may include gut dysbiosis, food sensitivities, inflammation, fungus, leaky gut, hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, oxidative stress, poor detoxification, poor energy production and more. It can be also as a result of known stressors, such as emotional stress and anxiety.
The good news is that you can test your hidden stressors. Instead of going through a cycle of trail and error, you can identify the root cause of your symptoms. Once you identify the cause you can address it.
The protocol for your healing is completely personalized! Based on your results and hidden stressors. It includes the right diet (based on your food sensitivities and your metabolism), right exercise, sleep hygiene, stress reduction techniques and supplements. Remember, while IBS symptoms are the same, each person is different. This is why a personalized protocol is crucial for healing!
Your next step
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