Irritable bowel Syndrome one of the most common complaints and tends to affect thousands of people. Symptoms of IBS can include bloating, constipation, diarrhea and tummy aches.
So what can be done to help IBS suffers?
The NHS is very good at ruling out cancer or Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease. They do this by having patients undergo a colonoscopy or endoscopy. However once these serious conditions are ruled out, patients with IBS are told to live with their symptoms or to take take anti-depressants or Ant-acids to try and suppress the symptoms.
What other options to I have?
In order to feel better, you need to find out what the cause of your irritable bowel syndrome is. There is no point just taking medication to mask your symptoms with potential side-effects.
Firstly, you should rule out food intolerances. Do you think one or more of the foods you are eating are causing your symptoms? Some patients get very bloated or constipated or have loose bowels and do not know why. There are some great pin-prick blood tests that can be used to test for food intolerances. Of course the most reliable way is by following an elimination diet and you will need a qualified nutrition professional to design this for you.
Do you have Candida, a yeast or a parasite? These are also causes of IBS and can be tested for via a stool test. The NHS does not provide this test so you will need a qualified nutrition professional to order this for you.
Other possible causes of IBS include low digestive enzymes combined with stress.
So make sure you understand what is causing your IBS before you try to treat it.