Do you suffer from abdominal pain or cramping, a bloated feeling in abdomen or gas? Is your bowel activity altered? You may be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder worldwide.
It’s not known exactly what causes IBS, but a variety of factors plays a role. The muscles of your intestinal tract contract with greater intensity and for a longer time causing gas, bloating and diarrhea. Or the opposite may occur, with weak intestinal contractions slowing food passage and leading to hard, dry stools.
Certain food such as chocolates, oily and spicy food, regular intake of alcohol and stress may trigger IBS.
A detailed history, physical examination, and limited diagnostic tests can confirm if you have IBS. Your symptoms can be effectively managed using homeopathy medicines and a diet plan which will tell you what to eat and what not to. A recent clinical study found that 62% IBS patients who took homeopathy saw positive results, as opposed to only 25% patients benefitting from other treatments.
The following changes in your diet and lifestyle can provide relief from IBS.
- Avoid intake of chocolates, alcohol, sodas, coffee, and dairy products.
- If gas is a problem for you avoid beans, cabbage, and cauliflower.
- Fatty foods also may be a problem for some people. Try to eat about the same time each day.