Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Your Journey into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

As its name indicates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome. That is, IBS is a combination of signs and symptoms, but not a disease. IBS is classified as a functional disorder. A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable inflammatory, infectious, structural, or biochemical cause.

Research also indicates that IBS is a multi-faceted disorder. For example, the symptoms of IBS result from what seems to be a disturbance or imbalance in the interaction between the intestines, the brain, sensory function, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function).

The articles on this site are provided to help you to better understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your options for relief of these symptoms.

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Self Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Because of the conditions for irritable bowel syndrome, several will find that they don’t want to go to a doctor for help or have found that these treatments don’t work. If you are in a position that requires getting help for IBS, you can turn to yourself to solve the symptoms. This will allow for you to be able to move away from the symptoms and towards a more comfortable life.

The major change that you can make to move past IBS yourself is to change your diet. This is one of the number one factors that lead to IBS. Not enough fiber in your diet is a contributing factor to IBS. The first thing to do if you believe this is a problem is to monitor your diet. From here, you can determine how much fiber you need to have to balance with the rest of your foods. After this, you can either add more fiber into your diet or take other foods away, depending on what your body needs.

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Other foods that relate to IBS include dark or red meat, dairy products and fried foods. Heavy foods with high amounts of fat also often cause problems. There are several lists that are available that state different foods and the problems that they may be causing. Experimenting with what you are eating or what you are not eating may help to eliminate IBS.

Another option to look at is the vitamins and supplements that you are taking with IBS. There are several that need extra nutrients of certain types to help with this problem. For example, having extra digestive enzymes in the form of supplements can help to eliminate the problem. Flaxseed is another option to eliminate the problem.

One of the related symptoms of IBS, if it is not taken care of right away, is dehydration. If you are finding that you are not able to eliminate IBS any other way, you can always try drinking more water. Our bodies need to have a specific amount everyday for healthy functioning. If you are unsure if you are drinking enough water, you can monitor how much you drink every day and compare it to what is needed.

If you are still having problems with eliminating IBS from your life, then another option would be to find what others are saying about IBS. There are self-help books as well as resources that you can look into. By examining these different places and seeing what to focus on to fix this problem, it will help you to find exactly what you need for your self-help medication.

Having IBS can often times get in the way of your way of living. If you have IBS problems or symptoms, then you can easily help yourself to move away from it. Monitoring and examining different options for IBS is the first step to allowing your digestive tract a way back into normal functioning. Self-help is often times the best way to get rid of IBS.

Scott Parat has experienced many health problems and writes from an experiential perspective. Visit his website at for many health related articles, solutions and supplies.

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