Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What is IBS?
IBS stands for “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” It is the most common digestive disorder by far and it is included in the category called Inflammatory Bowel Disorders or IBDs.
IBS can occur anywhere along the six feet of our colon which is divided almost equally in length into three distinct sections; the ascending colon on our right side, the transverse colon which crosses right to left across our abdomen a few inches above our navel, and the descending colon on our left side. The last foot or so of our descending colon is called the sigmoid colon. Most of the symptoms related to IBS seem to occur in the sigmoid colon, but it can occur anywhere inside the colon.
In my experience, IBS is the name doctors will give to a digestive disorder that does not fit neatly into any other category; like Constipation, Acid Reflux, Colitis, etc.
Like all other digestive disorders, it is completely correctable and easily prevented from future occurrences. If and only if you eliminate the root causes and if and only if you become more proactive (vigilant-mindful) in your own self-care.
My book, Healing Digestive Illness will teach you how to do this. If you want specific step by step guidance and detailed personalized instructions contact me directly.
The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain and discomfort. Most IBS sufferers report a tendency to bounce back and forth between the extremes of constipation and frequent, urgent, loose, irregular bowel movements; with or without occasional or chronic diarrhea. IBS symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or extreme. Other symptoms include:
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- loss of nutrients (mal-absorption of nutrients)
- sinus congestion
- lung congestion
- skin problems like psoriasis and eczema
- skin lesions
- joint pain
- mood swings
- growth failure (especially in children)
IBS mostly affects the Colon or Large Intestine
As with all other digestive disorders, the root causes of IBS consist of one or more insulting habits and influences over time in seven key areas: mindfulness (lack of) hydration-dehydration, micronutrient deficiencies, macro nutrient imbalances, intestinal dysbiosis, oxidative stress and redox molecules deficiencies. A list of contributing causes, all habits, and influences in our diet and lifestyle include:
- poor diet in general
- too many processed foods, not enough whole foods
- chronic unintentional dehydration
- broad spectrum micronutrient deficiencies
- an overgrowth of bad bacteria and other pathological organisms (dysbiosis)
- eating too many acid forming foods
- eating too fast
- not chewing enough
- eating too many cold foods
- drinking cold or iced beverages
- too much stress
The remedies for IBS begin with your willingness to pay attention to and become more mindful of the relationship between what, when, how and how much you eat and the normal functioning of your entire digestive system. IBS is totally preventable and the remedies are completely within your control by making changes in your diet and lifestyle. Sometimes, with mild cases, it can be as easy as correcting one (bad) insulting habit; like addressing your condition of chronic unintentional dehydration by implementing the steps of the watercure recipe.
Most likely you will need to pay attention to and make corrections in all seven root cause areas to be effective. You will need to get properly hydrated and stay properly hydrated. You will need to slow down at meal times and learn to chew your food completely before swallowing. You will need to address micronutrient deficiencies. You will need to eliminate junk foods. You will need to minimize processed foods and learn to integrate more fiber-rich whole food recipes. You will need to address intestinal dysbiosis and learn about the importance of periodic colon cleansing. You will need to understand the importance of specific organic quality whole food supplements including superfoods, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants. You will need to restore your ”redox potential.” And most importantly you will need to learn how to manage your emotions and all the other negative stress factors in your life more effectively.
Like all other digestive disorders, IBS is completely correctable and easily prevented from future occurrences. If and only if you eliminate the root causes and if and only if you become more proactive in your own self-care.
My book, Healing Digestive Illness will teach you how to do all this. If you want specific step by step guidance and detailed personalized instructions contact me directly by phone: 413-536-0275 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated in August, 2017