Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Dealing with Irritable bowel syndrome

Have you been experiencing severe abdominal pain, cramping, constipation or diarrhea for a period of time? Chances are that you might be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disease which is more common than one might think. It causes great discomfort and disrupts our daily lives to a great extend. However, the good news is that irritable bowel syndrome is not contagious. It can be cured or controlled though healthy eating and lifestyle. It is not genetic or cancerous.

If you suspect that you might be a victim of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is advisable to seek the doctor’s advice immediately. The doctor may order a few tests to be run to rule out or determine whether you actually have IBS. There is no standard cure for IBS. The causes for IBS have more to do with your diet and lifestyle. Hence the doctor may suggest a change in your diet or lifestyle. It is found that people suffering from anxiety or leading high-paced lives are more prone to this problem. It is found that IBS is present more in women than in men. The good news is that even in those people who have been suffering from IBS for a long stretch of time, no serious diseases have been found to be linked with IBS.

Remedies for IBS:

Reduce Stress: Research shows that stress is a major contributing factor to IBS. If you lead a hectic life having little time for yourself, you’d do well to try yoga or some calming exercises a try

Acupuncture and acupressure: Even though there are some skeptics who doubt these treatments, there are more than enough stories to prove that acupuncture and acupressure have indeed worked in some illnesses, which includes IBS

Antidepressants: Some experts have even suggested taking anti-depressants as a IBS treatment

Over-the-counter drugs: Some people take OTC drugs as an immediate remedy.

Eat healthy foods: Food has been found to be one of the main culprits of IBS. Make sure you eat only home cooked foods or at least from places where you are sure that the preparation is hygienic. Avoid spicy and greasy meals at all cost. Stay away from gassy foods like cabbage. Too much protein may not be good either

Exercise: In general, exercise not only is physically beneficial but a mood lifter. Also exercise will greatly help if you are suffering from constipation or gas. Moreover regular exercise beats stress and anxiety.

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