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Stomach Problems: Simple Treatments for IBS that Work

Updated on June 18, 2015
Stomach issues are steadily growing among Americans
Stomach issues are steadily growing among Americans | Source

Dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Common symptoms:

Bloating
Gas
Diarrhea
Abdominal pain
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation

There are thousands of people today suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). When I first discovered that I had IBS, it was due to an onset of severe cramps in my abdomen area. This pain was almost debilitating and the pain only subsided when a bowel had passed. Those who suffer from this condition know that at times the pain can be very severe (to me, it feels like labor pains) and flare-ups can be inconvenient. Thankfully, there are practical steps suffers can take to help reduce flare-ups and pain.

Natural Remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Avoid Foods that Irritate Your Stomach

Many people find their IBS to be food related. Certain foods can trigger and aggravate the condition. In my case, spicy foods is the main food sensitivity. Therefore, I learned quickly that if I wanted to avoid having a flare-up I needed to change my eating habits. This meant avoiding spicy foods and other foods that may have spicy ingredients in them. Other foods that may trigger IBS flares can include: coffee, greasy foods, chocolate and alcohol.

Of course, we cannot leave out gluten. Some research studies show that gluten is a common factor in individuals who suffer with GI issues and therefore should be avoided. If you have associated certain foods with your IBS condition, it is best to eliminate or reduce those foods in your diet. When I did this for about two weeks, I noticed a really big improvement!

You Need Enzymes

Enzymes are so important for those who suffer with stomach issues. Enzymes help to breakdown your foods, this is crucial in aiding your gut back to good health. When I started taking these, I would take 3-4 with every meal - everyday. This regime helped me to improve a great deal.

Take a Good Probiotics

If you have stomach problems, it is very likely that you don't have a good amount of healthy bacteria in your gut that it needs to function properly. In addition to maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding foods that cause flare-ups, taking a good quality probiotics supplement can aid in improving your IBS. It can help alleviate abdominal pain and protect your GI wall.

Lemon does wonders for the stomach
Lemon does wonders for the stomach | Source

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

I learned that stress and anxiety can be irritants to the gut as well. According to digestive.niddk.nih.gov, "Stress can stimulate colon spasms in people with IBS… In people with IBS, the colon can be overly responsive to even slight conflict or stress… Stress makes the mind more aware of the sensations that arise in the colon." Learning to relax and take it easy is essential for suffers of IBS. Life presents many stressful situations, for some of us, it does on a daily basis. Therefore, effort is needed to find ways to avoid being overly stressed out.

Chew Your Food

You may wonder, "what does chewing my food properly have to do with anything"...Well, when you chew your food well, it helps your stomach to be able to digest food better and faster. It also gets your saliva juices flowing. Saliva has enzymes that we need to help break down our food. Gobbling down your food can prevent this, it can also lead to indigestion, bloating, gas and cramping.

Drink Plenty of Water

We don't hear this all the time for nothing. Water is so essential for the body to perform properly. Water helps the body to eliminate nasty toxins. Toxins damage your gut. Therefore, if you are not drinking enough water each day, you aren't eliminating toxins as you should.

Aside from getting rid of toxins, staying hydrated will help your stool to be more softer rather than hard. Therefore, you lower your chances of experiencing constipation.

Other Natural Tips to Help Remedy your IBS

Getting better means using the right products. Here is a list of natural remedies that can help reduce pain and inflammation:

  • Peppermint Oil or Tea
  • Warm Lemon Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aloe Vera
  • Fiber supplements
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Cinnamon Tea
  • Ginger
  • Di-Gize Essential Oil
  • Regular Exercise



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