Feeling irritable is one thing. But when it’s your bowels that are irritable, it’s a whole new level of discomfort. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects nearly 45 million Americans, with the large majority of those affected being women! This condition is most common in young women between their late teens years and women in their early 40s
IBS isn’t just gut discomfort, but also directly affects bowel movements and regularity. Those suffering from IBS can experience both extremes with their bowels, ranging from diarrhea to constipation.
While it isn’t a death sentence, it can lead to other issues that are more dangerous, including Crohn’s disease or colon cancer. It affects you quality of life significantly as much of anyone’s day can revolve around timing and taming bowel movements.
Those with IBS may ask to be excused often from events and choose not to participate in otherwise regular activities all because of the issues they are having irregular or aching bowel movements and other symptoms like:
Cramps in lower portion of stomach
Some of these symptoms can fortunately be relieved with natural remedies. The list below is suggested as means of complementary options that you can consider in addition to any medical health professional’s recommendations or prescriptions. Speak to your primary care physician to see if the following natural remedies may help with the above symptoms:
Diet. Sugary foods like sodas, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods, as well as, candy may be bad for your digestion. Instead, eat whole, natural foods. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats found in salmon or nuts are better choices and may aid significantly in gut health and function.
Exercise. People with IBS who lead active lives report fewer symptoms. Walking, moderate weight training and gentle, regular stretching can help.
Massage. Massage is a great way to help the body relax into a natural state of homeostasis - where the body sort of resets itself to function optimally. The body does have an innate ability to heal itself when given relaxed conditions long enough to do so.
Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been known to help ease stress. If you’re tense, your IBS-D symptoms may flare up. Acupuncture may also calm stomach pain and muscle spasms in your gut.
Herbs and Oils. Some people benefit from using herbs to treat IBS symptoms. Cardamom, licorice, rhubarb and other herbs have been known to help with stomach and digestion issues.
Hopefully, some of the above can help get you moving things well again! Have you tried any of the above?