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How To Overcome Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Jul 3, 2008
An increasing number of people are suffering with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a gastro-intestinal health problem.

Possible IBS Triggers

1. Food hypersensitivity or intolerances

2. Stress or emotional problems

3. Parasites or unfriendly bacteria which can cause intestinal infections and inflammation. These can lead to an increase in the permeability of the intestinal mucosa. This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome. This allows food particles and chemicals to enter the bloodstream before they are fully digested. The immune system can become overloaded by this and trigger an increase in the body's inflammatory response, giving rise to mucosal sensitivity, unusual motility and secretory response.

4. Dysbiosis. The good and bad bacteria in the intestines become imbalanced.

5. Bowel flora alteration. This can arise from the taking of antibiotic medication or laxatives, regular bouts of diarrhoea or a low intake of dietary fibre.

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

An increase in the consumption of dietary fibre, mainly from vegetables and fruits as well as a greater water intake and reduced intake of diuretic caffeine containing drinks such as tea and coffee.

Diarrhoea, constipation and dysbiosis (toxic bacteria) may be attributed directly to sensitivities and intolerances to foods.

Bloating and symptoms associated with this (meteorism) is caused by gas that's trapped in the intestines, though how this actually comes about is not yet fully comprehended. The decomposition of lactose by bacteria can cause increased gas leading to bloating and rumbling, flatulence or diarrhoea soon after eating dairy foods.

One of the factors thought to play a strong role in IBS pathology are food intolerances. Bacterial fermentation can be the result, with symptoms caused by the increased production of intestinal gases.

Natural remedies

1. Drink plenty of water - about a litre and a half. This is in addition to other drinks.

2. Reducing or eliminating tea, cocoa, chocolate, cola and alcohol.

3. Identifying and eliminating possible food sensitivities/allergies.

4. Although some people do have problems with raw foods, in general there are benefits from increasing fibre intake from fruits and vegetables.

5. Cutting stress levels.

The therapist and client must collaborate effectively. It is vitally important that the client is fully committed to playing an active role in dealing with IBS.

If deemed necessary, a non-invasive muscle-energy allergy test to assess food allergies or intolerances can be used as well as private laboratory blood tests for food sensitivities/allergies, leaky gut, Candida overgrowth and other appropriate tests.
About the Author
Maria Esposito is a complementary health professional specialising in nutrition and allergy testing. She practises in England. She can be contacted at london nutritionist . A complete version of this article can be seen there.
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