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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Facts You Should Know If You're Diagnosed

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  • You are not alone! Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects up to 45 million Americans. About 60% of sufferers are female, and 40% are male. IBS affects people of all ages, from children to the elderly. It can appear at any time, but most often is noticed during early adulthood.
  • IBS is a chronic illness. This means that IBS cannot be truly cured. You will probably deal with symptoms of IBS on some level for the rest of your life.
  • IBS is NOT a disease. IBS is a functional disorder, meaning that the problem is that the bowel does not function correctly. This does not cause damage to the bowel and will not lead to other illnesses. Although symptoms may be brought on by flu or other disease, IBS itself is not caused by bacteria or viruses.
  • Treatments are available. Doctors are not 100% sure what causes IBS, but some treatments have been shown to be effective. Some doctors will recommend a change in diet and increased exercise, or they may prescribe an anti-depressant or prescription drug. Sometimes these latter treatments have extremely negative side effects.
  • Natural treatments are among the most effective. Many natural treatments are available. Most of these have little or no adverse effects. Some of the most common natural treatments are:
    • Peppermint oil can help eliminate gas and soothe the intestines. However, some people may experience heartburn or digestive upset.
    • Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are naturally present in a healthy digestive system. Occasionally these good bacteria will die out, exacerbating IBS symptoms. Some people find that replacing the good bacteria can alleviate some of their discomfort.
    • Change in diet is often recommended. Most people can figure out what foods trigger episodes of IBS and learn to avoid those foods. It may be helpful to add foods that are high in soluble fiber, like kiwi fruit and potatoes. IBD sufferers must be especially vigilant in eating a healthy, balanced diet.
    • Digestrol is an all-natural remedy for IBS. It assists with complete digestion, replenishment of nerve endings, flushes toxins, and soothes the stomach and digestive tract. It is available without a prescription, has no side effects, and has a 99% customer satisfaction rating.
  • IBS symptoms may change over time so it is important to always remain on top of your condition. Be alert to changes in your body and adjust your treatment methods accordingly.
  • You can still enjoy a full and active life. Many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome feel that their life is over. They are afraid to do simple things like eat out and travel. However, with some simple precautions, you can still do the things you love.
    • Travel: Be sure to bring any medications or treatments. Bring enough to last the whole trip! If you are traveling to a less-developed country, avoid drinking untreated water, eating food from street vendors, and eating raw, unwashed fruits and vegetables.
    • Eating out: Avoid foods that are triggers, like fatty foods, spicy foods, and dairy products. Opt for grilled foods and salads.
  • Remember, you are not alone! Try joining a support group. Do not be ashamed of your condition, there are millions of Americans out there with the same illness.

Sources:

http://altmedicine.about.com/b/a/054084.htm

http://www.ccfa.org

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