So today . . . let's continue the discussion of "Irritable bowel syndrome"
Now . . . science knows "IBS" is a "real" event in our body . . . but many times healthcare professionals don't take this condition seriously enough . . . why you ask???
Well . . . because they feel it's "not" life threatening . . .
BUT . . . what about the diminished "quality of life", chronic pain and disruption of our ability to work, attend school or travel.
In my mind . . . even though this is "not" considered a life-threatening illness . . . "quality of life" is just as "IMPORTANT".
Okay . . . so why many times does IBS cause weight gain issues???
Well . . . mainly due to the fact that people that have IBS . . . prefer high calorie food to eat . . . Why you ask???
Because these foods . . . don't cause IBS symptoms . . . but . . . therefore, add to our weight gain issues.
It's a vicious, vicious circle that many of us . . . just can't get out of.
And then add to that . . . people with IBS . . . many times experience "worse" or "more-frequent" signs of this condition . . . when there's an "increase" of stress in their life.
So let's continue and talk about a few more "trigger" foods that can cause a "flare-up???
And . . . they would be . . . too much "insoluble" fiber (not the soluble kind) . . . which you get from the skin of fruits and vegetable . . . not to mention they're loaded with "lectins" that are the "miscommunicators" of our bodily functions.
Other food and drinks that can "trigger" a "flare-up" would be anything that contains chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fructose or sorbitol (which are both sugars), artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, large meals and fried and fatty foods.
Okay . . . so let's figure out how to get some relief . . .
First and foremost . . . we need to stay "HYDRATED" . . . Why you ask???
Well . . . water intake can improve IBS through affecting GI function . . . adding softness to a hard stool from IBS-C (constipation) . . . or rehydrating the body from IBS-D (diarrhea)
Next . . . it's imperative that we rebuild our "good" bacteria in the intestines with "compliant" probiotics.
And with this . . . taking "compliant" digestive enzymes will properly help digest the food we consume so it can be eliminated by the colon properly.
Another element is the trace mineral called "zinc".
You see . . . many studies in alternative medicine suggest that "zinc" deficiency may be an underlying cause of IBS and may contribute to the associated psychiatric conditions through "zinc's" role in the immune system . . . "brain-gut" axis . . . and gastrointestinal barrier integrity.
And tomorrow, we'll continue with some other remedies for IBS
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