War of the intestines: learn how to relieve irritable bowel syndrome naturally

War of the intestines: learn how to relieve irritable bowel syndrome naturally

Your Journey into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

As its name indicates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome. That is, IBS is a combination of signs and symptoms, but not a disease. IBS is classified as a functional disorder. A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable inflammatory, infectious, structural, or biochemical cause.

Research also indicates that IBS is a multi-faceted disorder. For example, the symptoms of IBS result from what seems to be a disturbance or imbalance in the interaction between the intestines, the brain, sensory function, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function).

The articles on this site are provided to help you to better understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your options for relief of these symptoms.

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Author: Better Nutrition

To help my irritable bowel, I started following a diet of no dairy and no wheat on the advice of a local naturopath. For almost a year, I drank soymilk and ate no wheat whatsoever--and it worked. But about three months ago, the bloating and the constipation returned. Now I''m wondering if the soymilk has become a problem. How can I get my digestive system back in balance?

In cases like this, it''s often my preference to use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM may offer relief to some who suffer irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a September 2001 University of Western Sydney study.

TCM treatments usually involve a combination of herbs that are individually tailored to the patient''s symptoms, but there are other TCM dietary principles that you can practice on your own that may help.

In Chinese, qi (pronounced "chee") means the underlying strength and energy of a bodily system. IBS is a sign of disharmony between the liver and the spleen, according to Chinese medical literature, and indicates a weakened spleen qi. So you will want to work toward strengthening yours.

Enzymes increase your spleen qi. I would start supplementing with a digestive enzyme. These make sure that carbohydrates (which tend to make up the bulk of your diet) are adequately digested. I use Renew Life''s Gas Stop enzyme. I would also use a probiotic supplement to ensure you have the right digestive bacteria in your intestines. Poor dietary habits, stress and antibiotics can encourage growth of bad intestinal bacteria; supplementing with probiotics can encourage a healthy bacteria population in your gut. I like Renew Life''s Flora Smart for a probiotic.


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