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Be Free From Irritable Bowel Syndrome For Good

by Greg Newson 6 min read

Be Free From Irritable Bowel Syndrome For Good

Suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be at times painful, embarrassing, downright annoying and makes regular everyday tasks difficult. While the medical profession seems unable to offer long-term solutions, natural medicine can, and does so quite effectively.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a real condition, but is not detectable as a structural disease and as such is the umbrella name for any digestive ailment that the medical profession can't pinpoint the cause. It is also known as IBS, spastic bowel, mucous colitis, nervous indigestion and irritable colon syndrome. Symptoms common to Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea and is believed to afflict 14% to 23% of the population at some period throughout their life. Irritable Bowel Syndrome generally manifests during adulthood, is more prevalent in women than men, and is responsible for approximately 50% of all gastrointestinal complaints.

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome in one person may not be the cause in another. Furthermore, some sufferers may have one major trigger while others may have multiple minor triggers. Identifying and treating these causes are essential steps in bringing about positive lifelong changes to overcome Irritable Bowel Syndrome for good. Below are some of the more common causes and triggers.

Alcohol Food Allergy/Sensitivities Low Stomach Acid
Antacids Fructose Malabsorption Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Antibiotics Gastroenteritis Painkillers
Anxiety Gastrointestinal Infection Parasites
Caffeine Gluten Sensitivity Poor Nutritional Status
Candida Hormonal Imbalances Recreational Drugs
Carbohydrate Malabsorption Intestinal Inflammation Reduced Levels of  Beneficial Gut Fora
Dairy Intolerance Junk Food Simple Sugars
Dysbiosis Lack of Exercise Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
Elevated Cortisol  Lactose Sorbitol
Excess Dietary Fats Leaky Gut Syndrome Stress
Food Additives Low Fibre Diet Sucrose

Signs and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Just like the causes vary from sufferer to sufferer so do the signs and symptoms. Some people may only experience 3 or 4, while others can have anywhere from 10 to 12 making daily routines uncomfortable demanding, and often distressing.

Abdominal Pain Diarrhoea Multiple Daily Bowel Motions 
Alternating Bowel Motions Easily Feeling Full Muscle Aches and Pains
Bladder Problems Fatigue Nausea
Bloating Flatulence Sexual Dysfunction
Bowels Not Emptying Properly Indigestion Sleep Disturbances
Constipation Lower Back Pain Vomiting
Cramping in Lower Abdomen Mucus in Stool Watery Stools

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Dysbiosis

The body is made up of trillions of cells, and there are more beneficial organisms in the gastrointestinal tract than there are cells in the body. When harmful organisms creep into the intestinal tract, an imbalance occurs, and the number of good gut bugs is reduced. This is known as Dysbiosis and is a significant contributor to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When our beneficial organisms are disturbed or numbers diminished, the body is more prone to digestive, immunological, neurological and cardiovascular disorders.

Candida is a fungal yeast overgrowth that can mimic many of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Candida is often found in conjunction with an excess of harmful organisms and usually occurs when there are lower levels of beneficial intestinal bacteria.

Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) is an overgrowth of harmful organisms within the small intestines. It can be associated with and mimic Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is often exacerbated by fructose malabsorption.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition in which microscopic holes occur in the intestinal wall, thus allowing undigested foods, bacteria by-products, chemicals and poisons to filter into the bloodstream resulting in a multiple of health conditions. Many of the symptoms of Leaky Gut often mirror those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Both conditions exist together, and both conditions will cause the other one to occur. Dysbiosis, SIBO, Candida, food allergies or sensitivities, coeliac disease, stress and medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and cortisone all contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Stress, worry and anxiety, unfortunately, tend to co-exist with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many cultures have linked various emotional states to specific organs within the body. For example, fear is associated with the kidneys, anger with the liver and love the heart. Interestingly the emotions related to the bowel are worry, anxiety and nervousness, the same feelings that always seem to show up in someone suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Generally the worse the organ function, the more severe the emotional state.

GABA is the body's main relaxing, calming and tranquilising neurotransmitter. Deficiencies in GABA present as anxiety, excessive worry, panic attacks, night-time waking and nervousness. GABA is also responsible for digestive function as the body needs to be relaxed to produce hormones, enzymes and acids to digest and assimilate the nutrients from food adequately.

Probiotics, Prebiotics and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Probiotics contain beneficial strains of live bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract. Probiotics are essential for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers as they dramatically increase intestinal bacteria numbers, which reduces symptoms. Prebiotics are individual fibres that provide food for the beneficial gut bacteria — rapidly growing numbers, enhancing their activity and function. Both probiotics and prebiotics play fundamental roles in reducing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and help bring about long term relief.

How to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The first place to start in successfully treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome is changing the diet, remove the human-made foods and replace them with fresh, natural foods. A diet shown to improve many of the symptoms in sufferers is the FODMAPs diet, but this diet strategy is not long term as it is quite restrictive. Generally, if people improve on the FODMAP's foods, then it is a good indication that Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Dysbiosis are present and often the underlying cause. Treating Dysbiosis and SIBO in many cases clears up Irritable Bowel Syndrome for good.

Specific nutritional supplements can help improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome while at the same time treat Dysbiosis, Candida and SIBO. Intestinal Cleanse is alcohol-free and contains anti-microbial herbs helping to eliminate harmful bacteria, parasites, worms, fungal spores and amoebae. Working well in combination with Intestinal Cleanse are two particular types of probiotics. Firstly SacchroBiotic a fast-acting yeast-based probiotic that seeks out and suffocates harmful organisms, while providing nourishment for beneficial bacteria, thus allowing their numbers to increase. Additionally Multibac 10 a potent multistrain probiotic dramatically increases the levels of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria species while strengthening all intestinal bacteria. Reducing the numbers of harmful organisms and increasing levels of beneficial bacteria is the second line of attack after diet in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The time frame for this is generally 3-6 weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Once the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome have reduced its time to heal the intestines, repair Leaky Gut Syndrome and reduce inflammation to prevent future flare-ups. Intestinal Repair contains 15 individual herbs and nutrients that dramatically improve the damage caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Digestive Support, is a blend of alcohol-free herbs helping to normalise stomach and digestive enzyme secretions and intestinal inflammation. Revitalise a prebiotic fibre promotes intestinal healing by enhancing the health and numbers of beneficial gut bacteria and provides nourishment to intestinal cells. Multibac 10 a dairy-free probiotic containing ten strains of beneficial gut bacteria that help heal Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The time frame for this is generally six to ten weeks.

To reduce the chances of Irritable Bowel Syndrome occurring it is of extreme importance that the diet changes for good. The diet should include vast amounts of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, grass-fed meats and wild caught seafood. The fibre content of these foods is of great importance in keeping the gut healthy and preventing Irritable Bowel Syndrome from making an unwanted return. Intestinal Maintain is a fibre rich powder designed to cultivate a healthy gut and improved bowel motions.

The information provided here is generally intended for educational purposes only. We make no claims to diagnose, treat, prevent, alleviate or cure illnesses or diseases with any information or product stated. With any health issue, we suggest you consult your healthcare professional before undertaking any health treatment.

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