If you suffer from bowel pain, you are not alone. In fact, while there are many reasons for bowel pain, one of the most commonly diagnosed is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
About 20% or 1 in 5 Americans have been diagnosed with IBS. That’s 50 million people! [i]
In this article, you will learn the symptoms that help doctors diagnose IBS and what to do if you have an IBS diagnosis. The good news is, there are natural solutions for IBS!
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
While 50 million people have received an IBS diagnosis, it is estimated that another 50 million people live with these symptoms but never seek medical care:
- Chronic abdominal pain and discomfort
- Constipation or diarrhea (or alternating constipation and diarrhea)
What Causes IBS?
What causes IBS is still unknown. However, having spent 18 years treating thousands of patients with IBS, I have discovered some common threads in all my patients with an IBS diagnosis or IBS symptoms.
5 Common Findings in IBS Diagnosis
Here are the 5 basic things common to all people suffering with IBS:
1) Loss of normal intestinal contraction – All people with IBS have somehow lost the normal muscular contractions of the intestines that are necessary for normal elimination. This leads to congestion and spastic release of the intestines.
2) Overgrowth of pathogens – Every IBS patient has pathogenic organisms in their bowel. Yeast, fungi, parasites, and bacteria are the most common bugs that prefer to inhabit the sluggish, dysfunctional environment of the intestines of the IBS patient.
3) pH Imbalance – The intestinal pH is altered, which in turn causes a systemic pH imbalance.
4) Suppressed Immunity – The immune system of the intestines is suppressed.
5) Lack of good bacteria – There are not enough beneficial probiotic bacteria.
The good news is, there is hope! You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS.
Here are 5 steps you can take to begin the reversal of symptoms associated with IBS:
1) Reduce stress – Experts believe that emotional stress plays a large role in creating or exacerbating the symptoms of IBS. [ii]
This is backed by the fact that studies have shown that constant stress from life events have either exacerbated IBS symptoms, or lead to the development of IBS in asymptomatic individuals.
Stress reduction is one of the best first steps to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.
Exercise, Yoga, and meditation are different forms of stress reduction that many of my patients have found to be beneficial in dealing with the symptoms of IBS. Patients with IBS have also shown to have a higher incidence of traumatic events such as physical and sexual abuse.
Emotional clearing techniques like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the Lifeline Technique are very effective at releasing stored emotional traumas from the body and eliminating the associated IBS symptoms.
2) Avoid trigger foods – Foods in the diet are frequently the source of symptoms in IBS.
Some of the most common foods that are most likely to cause IBS symptoms are: dairy products, eggs, and wheat. Other potential food triggers include high fatty foods, caffeinated drinks, and raw fruits and vegetables. Foods like beans, onions, bananas, and carrots have been associated with increased gas and the source of IBS symptoms in some patients.
3) Dehydration is a key factor in IBS. The colon helps with water absorption for the body. If the water levels in the body are low the symptoms of dehydration will be felt first in the colon and the dryness in the colon can lead to inflammation and irritation in the lining of the digestive tract. This can trigger IBS symptoms. Drink your water!
4) Supplement with Chlorella – Chlorella is a fresh water algae that restores the normal muscular contractions of the large intestine.
Chlorella also binds to toxins in the intestinal tract and eliminates them from the body. Although there are few clinical trials using chlorella with IBS patients, I have been using it for 18 years, and find it to be one of the most effective products I have used.
5) Supplement with Probiotics – Many research articles have concluded that probiotics are an effective treatment for IBS. Spore form probiotics are best at passing the acid barrier of the stomach and triggering a healthy immune response in the gut tissue. These probiotics are most effective for the IBS patient.
After decades of experience with detoxification and treating bowel pain, I began to search for an all natural solution to IBS that would be easy for my patients to take. Several years ago, I decided to design an all natural remedy that would combine the benefits of the right type of chlorella and probiotics to alleviate the symptoms of IBS.
What resulted is Living Fiber. Living Fiber is the first product of its kind that combines cracked shell chlorella and Bacillus subtilis probiotic. Bacillus subtilis is a spore form probiotic that attacks pathogenic yeast and bacteria, while changing the environment of the intestines.
This unique combination makes Living Fiber a gentle intestinal cleanser that restores the normal muscular contractions of the intestines, while shifting the pH of the bowel, killing off intestinal pathogens, boosting immune response, and creating an environment conducive to the colonization of beneficial probiotic organisms.
While I highly recommend all of the 5 steps above to break the IBS cycle, Living Fiber is a simple way to achieve steps 4 and 5 with one effective supplement.
Ingrid and I would love to support you in your recovery from IBS and bowel pain! Please comment below with your questions. We will be monitoring your IBS related questions and comments and respond to them by video over the next month.
As always, we want to provide information that is relevant to you and your family’s health needs!
[i] National Digestive Disease Clearinghouse (NDDCH). A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). A Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/
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