Relief From The Crippling Effects of Irritably Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Without rhyme or reason, an attack of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can happen at any time. While symptoms may vary or even go away for a time, IBS is a legitimate medical condition. With the key symptom being abdominal pain and discomfort, a number of other gastrointestinal problems are associated with IBS, including cramping, sharp pain, gas, bloating, nausea, muscle pain and spasms, and an urgent need to get to a restroom. Without a doubt—those living with the crippling effects of IBS can experience relief, allowing them to live life with more stability.

While medications promise to alleviate the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, most are riddled with severe side effects, which lead to the need for more medication. Thus, as a simple and practical “first step,” it’s often best to evaluate the role that foods play in your gut. Patients can begin by considering what they are eating and drinking. To give a few examples, sodas and sugary treats, caffeine, alcohol, and fried foods all impede digestion. For those suffering from IBS, this creates the perfect storm to exaggerate symptoms.
Whole foods and healthy fats (salmon, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds), steamed vegetables, and whole grains are better choices when it comes to digestion. Yet, it’s also a good idea to consider the combination of foods consumed. For instance, pairing “white” foods (white flour, sugar, bread, or potatoes) with red meat or dairy causes digestion to slow, and could even lead to constipation.
In addition, many are surprised to learn that too many fluids during meals are counter-productive. Fluids dilute the acids inside the stomach, which are needed for healthy digestion. As a rule, it’s best to eat slowly, allowing the production of saliva to increase at an appropriate rate. Saliva is the body’s natural way of kick starting the digestive process.
While dietary considerations are a good place to begin in determining the cause of your IBS, there are other integrated treatments in which Dr. Rorick at Houston Health and Wellness may consider to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract.
At Houston Health and Wellness, we believe that you do not have to continue suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The combined efforts of our specialists will help you understand your symptoms and how to manage them. You deserve to live a healthy life. Call us today.

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