What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Spastic Bowel?
- IBS, spastic bowels, irritable bowels or have you ever had rumbling bowels? These are terms used to describe a type of digestive disorder.
- The most common symptoms of IBS or spastic bowels are changes in bowel habits and abdominal pain.
- IBS or spastic bowel affects more than 10 percent of the world's population.
- Although it can affect anyone, it is most common in young, middle-aged women, especially those under the age of 50 (twice as many women as men with IBS).
IBS or Spastic Bowel Symptoms
Symptoms vary greatly from person to person and tend to come and go with stress and other lifestyle changes.
7 most common symptoms of the spastic intestines
- changes in normal bowel habits, including constipation, rumbling bowels, and diarrhea. Some people experience constipation or diarrhea more often than others, but it is also possible to have the combination of both. Diarrhea is considered loose stools and constipation is when one has less than three bowel movements per week.
- changes in the appearance of the stool, including texture and color (sometimes stools may be loose, change color, or mucus may appear). Everyone's stool is always different, whether it's hard and small, pencil thin, or loose and watery. Most importantly, bowel movements are frequent and inconsistent
- bloating in the stomach
- gas and belching
- abdominal pain, pain and cramps (similar to complaints caused by
- nausea, heartburn
- quickly feeling full or loss of appetite
Other Symptoms of the Spastic Bowel
While these are not digestive problems, the following symptoms are often present in people with spastic bowel:
Stress not only contributes to the development of the irritable bowel, but symptoms can also exacerbate the stress, creating a vicious circle that is difficult to break.
- sleep disorders fatigue
- an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- muscle pain, especially in the lower back
- sexual problems, including decreased sexual desire
- frequent or urgent need to urinate
How to control IBS symptoms. Treatment of IBS
1. Spastic bowel and diet. Avoid common allergens and inflammatory foods.
While each person has different reactions to different foods, certain foods tend to trigger IBS symptoms more than others. This is especially true when it comes to carbohydrates called FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols), which researchers have found are not absorbed in your gut but fermented, which can cause significant digestive problems.
Responses to fiber are also mixed, sometimes helping to relieve constipation, but sometimes contributing to gas and pain, so increase fiber intake slowly to test results.
You can try elimination diet to relieve IBS symptoms.
Avoid for 3 weeks:
- Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelled)
- Common allergens, including eggs, nuts, shellfish
- spicy food
- Particular FODMAP grains, fruits and vegetables (such as apples, stone fruit, avocado, onions, garlic, and broccoli)
You can remove everything and then start introducing a food after 3 weeks. For example, eat everything dairy for a day and then listen to your body for 2 days. If you have a stomachache, pain in your joints, itching, headache, fog in your head then you know that dairy is not for you, at least for now. As soon as your intestines are working properly again, you should follow a course of herbs and nutritional supplements. Can you tolerate dairy to a certain extent?
2. Using enzymes and supplements to relieve IBS symptoms.
- Probiotics, help recolonize gut with healthy bacteria and boost digestive functions
- Digestive Enzymes, aid in digestion, control stomach acid and nutrient absorption
- L-glutamine, helps repair the lining of the digestive tract, especially important for people with chronic diarrhea or leaky gut syndrome. Do not use L-glutamine for intestinal inflammation
- aloe vera juice, helps relieve constipation
- Omega-3 fish oil, reduces inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract
- Adaptogenic herbs help reduce the effects of stress and hormonal disturbances
- slippery elm (slippery elm), licorice root and ginger soothe intestinal inflammation
3. Boosting Healthy Gut Flora and Immune System to Control Spastic Bowel Symptoms
Your gut flora contains trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. When your gut flora is in a healthy balance, there are more good bacteria (probiotics) than bad bacteria (pathogens) and they contribute to your overall well-being.
The probiotic bacteria in your gut help shape and train your immune system, providing it with supportive nutrients and healing agents.
Since more than 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, you understand why a healthy balance is so important.
4. Think Pathogens to Fight IBS Symptoms
If it were up to me, I'd start right here fighting pathogens. I often see it in practice that people have been given a "label" of IBS and they have to sympathize. Through the stool examination I often see not only the disturbed intestinal flora but also "unexpected guests" that are present. In addition, you may also see inflammation or food intolerance.
What are the pathogens?
Everything that does not belong in our intestinal flora, think of parasites such as Dientamoeba fragilis, overgrowth of "healthy" bacteria E.coli or "bad" from the outside such as salmonella, staphylococci, helicobacter etc. Overgrowth of fungi and production of yeasts also belong to this group and can cause unpleasant symptoms such as bloated stomach, blowing a lot of wind, fog in your head, vaginal discharge, itching etc.
How do you fight pathogens and improve your intestinal flora?
- That is a cure with herbs, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, pre- and probiotics. The course is usually between 4 and 5 months. If someone says that your intestinal flora will be restored within a month, it is not true! First you have to fight pathogens, then maybe your leaky guts need to be tackled and only then your gut flora!
Do you want to know which treatment suits you?
- That's a question. Take all the studies with you or we will look together to see which studies you need or not. The more information you have for me, the better I can give you advice. Everyone is different and you need an individual plan and treatment.