How to get rid of IBS naturally? Doctors believe that some appropriate dietary changes can help improve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. There are also some alternative treatments, such as herbs, hypnosis, acupuncture, etc. Unfortunately, we always don’t get the official scientific publication about the effectiveness of these treatments in treating IBS. But in fact, there are also some patients turn to them for help!
Though you can find some common suggestions of foods you need to avoid and others you need to eat more, but still you need to take a trial process before finding the appropriate diet that works best! What else you should know?
Sometimes we call it as ‘Spastic colon’ or ‘Spastic colitis’ or ‘Irritable colon’ or even ‘Mucous-colitis‘! So as the name suggests, it is a kind of disorder that affect colon (large intestine). It is also often described as discomfort and abdominal pain with altered bowel habits.
Chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas are some common symptoms that often associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes this syndrome also can put patient at greater chance of having depression, anxiety and stress.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition – many patients have it for a lifelong condition. For some patients, the symptoms can reduce their productivity. It may also affect the ability of patient to travel or attend certain events.
Though this syndrome is difficult to be completely cured, but the symptoms are controllable. With healthy living (particularly such as appropriate diet, regular exercise, and stress management) and other strategies, you can control and manage the symptoms.
Remember that ‘there is a will there is a way’. You can plan ahead for any activity that you want to do. When driving, make sure you map the route in order to make sure you know the strategic locations of bathroom. Wake up earlier if you think that your spastic colon can make you late to work … Etc!
In addition, although the symptoms can be frustrating – but the good news this syndrome usually doesn’t lead to serious changes /inflammation in bowel tissue! In other words, it is less severe than other intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis. It doesn’t increase the risk of bowel cancer and doesn’t lead to blockages of the intestine or other serious conditions.
In the previous article, we have published some natural cures of irritable bowel syndrome. In this section, let’s explore more about the facts of diet, complementary therapies, and other natural ways in treating IBS.
For IBS with diarrhea, appropriate diet is the primary form of the treatment. But when it also causes constipation, the treatment can be more challenging and you should not only focus on your diet – other strategies (such as stress management, physical therapies or other complementary therapies) are needed to relief the symptom.
Yes it does. The symptoms are more likely to occur at stressful period. Furthermore, many studies have confirmed that there is a connection between the mind and the gut, and this link is real.
So, it’s important to manage your stress if you seriously want to control the symptoms. Many patients report that stress management also plays key role to relief their spastic colon symptoms naturally.
First, you need to clearly understand that each individual is unique. The foods that trigger your symptoms may be slightly different or even very different with other patients. As noted before, you need to take a trial process before finding the best diet to meet your body needs.
Generally, doctors have confirmed that alcohol, caffeinated tea /coffee, spicy foods, trans-fat (fried foods), and foods that contain high fat should be avoided by patients with spastic colitis.
What else? Foods that can lead to excessive gas and may also cause minor discomfort also should be avoided. These include bagels, peas, broccoli, beans, onions, cauliflower, sprouts, cabbages, and Brussels.
Again, you need to completely understand that you cannot find one-size-fits-all-diet, because in fact the best diet for people with spastic colon is commonly highly individualized. In other words, it varies from patient to patient.
However, there are some parameters that can be used for a general guide. Several years ago, experts believed that a high-fiber diet was the best choice. But some new studies found that it cannot be applied in every patient. It may help treat constipation, but may also trigger other symptoms (particularly like bloating gas and cramping). Some patients find that a high fiber diet help treat their IBS, while others don’t or even find it triggers cramping and gas.
To keep safe, it is much better to get fiber from your diet in moderation then increase it gradually until you find the clearly answer of how far you should go. But the challenge is how to get to know the acceptable fiber intake without needing to experience the symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain.
According to WebMD, men can try about 38 grams of fiber a day, and about 25 grams for women. We should consume as much dietary fiber as we can tolerate. Ask your doctor for in-depth information!
Choose smaller meals instead of larger meals! This idea is not only helpful to reduce the risk of having discomfort after eating but also can help you find and identify specific foods that trigger your symptoms.
In addition, eating too late at night also should be avoided. Don’t forget to sit down when eating and chew the food as well (avoid eating your food too quickly)!
As the name suggests, it is a kind of diet that skipping gluten. There is opinion that gluten-free diet can help treat IBS naturally – is it true?
Again, the answer varies from patient to patient. Some people with spastic colon may find improvement with gluten-free diet, but in fact there are also many patients who don’t notice any change.
If you wonder whether or not it can help improve your IBS, it’s much better to consult first with your GP /doctor, particularly if you are also ongoing with FODMAPS diet (a kind of diet to analyze the effects of five major forms of carbohydrates (such as galactans, fructans, sugar alcohols, fructose, and lactose) to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome).
Different kinds of carbohydrate may cause different symptoms of IBS. Milk sugar or lactose is one of common familiar carbohydrates. Some people with spastic colon can experience abdominal pain and bloating gas after consuming lactose, particularly if consumed too much.
Yes, there are several choices – but again the effectiveness also varies from patient to patient. What are they? Evening primrose oil, fish oil, and borage oil are some popular choices.
Some patients report that these oils can help manage their stress and improve some IBS symptoms (such as bloating, discomfort, and abdominal pain – particularly during menstrual period). However, the side effects such as rashes, mild headache, and stomach upset can occur – according to a report from the University of California.
There are some alternative treatments for irritable bowel syndrome, but which one that actually works? Do all of them work effectively to cure spastic colon? The following are pieces of information about these treatments.