If you suffer from any of the following symptoms then you may have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): Constipation, bloating & gas, abdominal aches or cramps, and acid reflux.
What is IBS?
IBS is a digestive disorder that is a combination of symptoms. It includes a change in bowel movements and pain in the abdomen. The symptoms can be recurring and differ from person to person. It is a chronic condition, and you need to understand what triggers the symptoms and learn to avoid them.
Doctors diagnose IBS if you experience digestive issues for at least three to six months. It can either occur as isolated symptoms or as a cluster of symptoms. Also, the frequency of occurrence also indicates that you may have IBS.
Common IBS symptoms:
- Changes in regular bowel movements (either constipation or diarrhea or both)
- Nausea, acid reflux (heartburn)
- Loss of appetite or feeling too full
- Gas and burping
- Abdominal pain
- Change in the appearance of stools (color, texture)
Other non-digestive system related symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Lower back pain
- Frequent need to urinate
- Anxiety or depression
IBS can affect anyone, but it’s most common in women1.
What causes IBS?
The real cause of IBS is complex and not very clear. However, certain situations or factors can lead to IBS symptoms:
- Chronic stress
- Hormonal changes
- Food sensitivity or allergies
- Alterations in gut flora
- Inflammation of the digestive tract
Natural ways to bring IBS under control:
Avoid inflammation-causing foods: Processed foods, refined foods, high intake of sugary beverages can cause inflammation-triggers in the digestive tract. Inflammation can damage the delicate lining of the digestive tract which can deteriorate the regular activity of the digestive system.
Avoid trigger foods: Certain foods such as wheat, dairy, citrus, fried and fatty foods can trigger IBS symptoms. Artificial sweeteners, spicy foods, sausage, red meat, beans, and legumes can all trigger IBS symptoms.
Exercise regularly: Studies show a regular exercise routine can ease IBS symptoms2. Exercise also lowers stress and improve bowel movements. Take up an activity that you prefer, or like the most so you have a routine. Examples include swimming, tennis, and walking.
Promote healthy gut flora: You can do this by increasing the intake of green foods and fresh produce that are high in fiber. The non-digestible starch in raw vegetables acts as fuel for the gut bacteria to grow and thrive.
NATURELO’s Raw Greens whole food powder is a great way to boost your intake of fiber-rich prebiotics that helps improve the population of healthy gut bacteria. We also recommend combining this with NATURELO’s Probiotic supplement as it provides 11 probiotic strains with 50 billion active cultures. It also helps improve the health of your gut and improves digestive function.
Lower stress levels: Studies show that stress can worsen IBS symptoms3. Practice relaxing activities such as nature walk, meditation, or pursue a hobby that helps you relax. Including adaptogens like Ashwagandha can help you cope with stress and lets you relax. Add a supplement like NATURELO’s Ashwagandha root powder helps you stay calm and relaxed.