The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can often be managed by dietary and lifestyle changes, but the nature of the conditions means that it is rarely talked about and people often suffer in silence. Furthermore, because IBS varies from person-to-person, there’s no one size fits all treatment, but there are steps you can take to ease the symptoms.
Monitor your diet
You may find that certain foods irritate your stomach or bowel more than others and monitoring your diet will allow you to determine which foods these are so you can eliminate them. People with IBS are often advised to monitor the amount of fibre in their diets. There are two types of fibre; soluble fibre (which dissolves in water) and insoluble fibre (which doesn’t). Foods that contain soluble fibre include:
- fruit – such as bananas and apples
- root vegetables – such as carrots and potatoes
Foods that contain insoluble fibre include:
- wholegrain bread
- nuts and seeds (except golden linseeds)
Don’t skip your breakfast
Starting your day with a health breakfast such as yogurt and oatmeal will ensure that you keep your metabolism in check. As well as this, having regular small meals and eating slowly can also help keep the digestive processes from stalling or slowing down.
Many of the compounds present in coffee, such as caffeine and various acids, are known to irritate the stomach and lining of the small intestines. Alternatively, you could try switching to decaffeinated coffee. However, both decaf and regular coffee increase the release of gastrin, the hormone that stimulates the release of stomach acid, so it is generally advised that IBS sufferers avoid coffee altogether.
Mindfulness and Meditate
Stress and anxiety are known triggers for IBS. Therefore, it’s important to figure out how you can better manage stressful situations, not only to ease IBS symptoms, but for overall health and wellbeing. Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to manage stress and anxiety.
Master Oh is a London based energy healer and natural health practitioner with over 25 years’ experience working with the original energy that creates life, which is Qi Energy. Having himself suffered and overcome chronic issues at an early age, he has dedicated his life to sharing his healing method with the world.
He has opened Qi centres in Australia, America and in Europe and is constantly looking to help more people live free from physical, emotional and mental pain. Master Oh believes that by developing our innate good-hearted, generous and compassionate nature we can not only bring health and happiness into our lives, but also bring peace and harmony into our world.