The IBS Storm
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Several years ago, I went to a health food store where they had a doctor visiting who was able to discern the state of your health based on your parents medical history. He could determine inherent systemic weaknesses that would lead to disease or certain health conditions based on this information.
Of course who wouldn't take advantage of getting that knowledge, especially if it's free. So I waited in the long line with everyone else, to have him tell me my hereditary health issues.
I was already aware of some of the things he mentioned, having experienced some weaknesses in those areas already. But there were some issues he mentioned, that I had no idea about. One of the things he said, was that I had a propensity towards was IBS.
Signs of Weakness
An increase in your vegetable intake, a significant increase; can bring about certain changes in the consistency, frequency and ease of your bowel movements. Thus, I thought I was on the right track. I was also attempting to be a little more consistent with the intake of my supplements.
Additionally, I had two colon hydrotherapy cleansings, so surely, I was on the right track. So needless to say, it was quite a shock to me when I looked up IBS and discovered what it related to.
Little did I know that my colon was already showing signs of weakness and struggle. So I started paying attention to the consistency and frequency to see if I really was suffering from IBS.
At the time I had been making minor changes to my diet. I can't say that I was paying as much attention back then to my health as I am right now; but again, I was just becoming aware that I needed to.
I had made some dramatic increases in my fruit & vegetable intake, and I thought that was sufficient; especially since my intake of fruits & vegetables had increased to about 70 percent of my diet. What I discovered, was that what I thought was a train on its regular run down the track; turned out to be a runaway train with no brakes on the track. I discovered I have IBS.
So once again, I attempted to modify my diet; and increase the amount of fiber intake that I consumed; as a means of dealing with this intestinal problem. It was this change that threw the emergency brakes on the runaway train; and at least it slowed down. Things seem to normalize and I went about my life as usual. That was until last week.
Last Wednesday, a low pressure system began building. There was a sudden surge in the gulf stream as colder air from the north began moving to meet with warmer air from the south. This sudden surge in the gulf stream brought about storm like conditions, which no one was prepared for.
By Friday night, not only had a hurricane formed, but it had a very well defined eye, and very strong wind bands at the edges as a level 2 storm.
When the symptoms started, I had not thought that a storm of this magnitude was on the horizon. Basically, I figured it was just a few strong gusts out on the water that boaters needed to be aware of. I couldn't figure out what I had done, or what I might have consumed, that was the catalyst to these storm-like conditions.
"The problem is, it isn't a single food that causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. It's ANY food that is high in fat, insoluble fiber, caffeine, coffee (even decaf), carbonation, or alcohol. Why? Because all of these food categories are either GI stimulants or irritants, and can cause violent reactions of your gastrocolic reflex. This directly affects the muscles in your colon and can lead to IBS pain, constipation AND diarrhea, gas, and bloating."
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You see, this is what happens when you don't pay attention and you miss the storm warnings. So naturally, I had the nonchalance of a seasoned boater that was simply dealing with a few high seas and wind gusts on a sunny day.
I had to work on Saturday, and by that time, evacuation procedures had started off the coast; as the storm excelerated to a level 3 and made landfall that afternoon with 75 mile per hour winds.
It wasn't until I was in my office, that I discovered what was happening. Our second chiropractor, Dr. Boyd was adjusting me, as we were still doing cleanup from the previous storm that hit my body.
I told her about the pain I was having in my abdomen, and she starts adjusting me for that problem as well. In doing, so she noticed that I had to be adjusted in all of the points for the large intestine. It was at that moment that she asked me if anyone had ever talked to me about IBS; and suddenly, the light went on.
I could not believe it. I mean, I had been doing so good for so long with this. No flare ups for the longest time - more than a year. It never even occurred to me that this was what was happening.
When she said that; all of a sudden clarity broke through all the pain.
I suddenly realized that, test dummy that I am for my readers and clients; I probably had been, once again, unknowingly exacerbating the condition.
I was determined to figure out what brought about this attack. I was thinking about what I had eaten in the last few days. It was difficult to come up with an answer because I have really modified my diet.
Almost all my produce now, is organic. I rarely buy packaged or can items. Plus I rarely cook these days. I usually eat yogurt and not just regular dairy yogurt, as I'm aware of the hazards of dairy products; but soy yogurt with a mix of granola, nuts and seeds that I buy independently and make myself.
This has become a staple of my diet now; and is the reason why I was so unconcerned, and didn't know that this storm was brewing in my system. I mean who would have suspected it? I'm eating a lot more healthier than I used to eat, so why would I think I had done anything to trigger this?
But, it didn't just happen on its own; so there had to be a trigger or triggers. My job was to assess what I had eaten to figure out what those triggers were, as well as learn about what else might trigger it.
So whats my assessment? I had the soy yogurt with the granola 3 days in a row and twice in one of those days. And, while eating yogurt in those 3 days I was happily thinking that I was sweeping the channel clean with all that fiber. Ha!
Apparently, I got a little overzealous and swept it too clean; altering the ph levels, and irritating the entire area until it decided to strike back.
I think it was the nuts. If I had not had them for 3 days consecutively, and twice in 1 of those 3 days; I think I would have been okay. So now, I'm learning what I can eat and what I can't eat so that I can avoid irritating the colon and suffering through another IBS hurricane. If you'd like to know about those foods you can check out the links below.