Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of belly pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. IBS causes many discomfort and pain, however, they don’t usually hurt the bowel and do not cause serious diseases like colon cancer. Most patients can get rid of those symptoms with suitable diets, stress limitation, and use medication as prescribed. Nevertheless, to some people, IBS can become a long term problem that affects their lifestyle. IBS patients may not be able to work, participate in social activities, or even travel in short distances.
The fact that 20 percent of adult population, or 1 in 5 citizens of America, has the symptoms of IBS, makes IBS becomes one of the most common disorders. It can be seen in women more than men, and usually starts before 35 years of age.
Types and symptoms
IBS is divided into different types including: IBS-C (IBS with constipation), IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea). For some with the mixed condition of diarrhea and constipation, it is named as IBS-M (mixed IBS). Other people have condition that do not fit in any of those categories are called IBS unsubtyped (IBS-U).
Possible symptoms of IBS includes:
- Constipation alternating with diarrhea
- Looser or harder stools than normal
- Stick-out belly
- Full of gas or bloating
- Belly pain or cramps, often happens in the lower belly, gets worse after meal and better after a bowel movement
Although scientists haven’t found the real causes of IBS yet, it is believed that nervousness, anger, frustration or stress may result in IBS. Consuming raw fruit and dairy products as well as drinking lots of coffee can partly contribute to the problem.
If you are having difficulty struggling with IBS, you may take a look at some easy-to-make and DIY home treatments.
Below are the top 6 home treatments that help relieve irritable bowel syndrome.
Diarrhea may destroy good bacteria, which help prevent harmful bacteria developing out of control. Yogurt contains active bacteria, such as acidophilus. They are good bacteria that provide a protection layer for the intestines and help produce lactic acid to remove toxins out of the body.
When you have IBS with diarrhea, eating yogurt can be an effective remedy. Take it daily 1 hour after lunch or dinner. You can eat yogurt directly or modify it by making a smoothie. Have some several times per day until improvement is seen.
Ginger has the ability to reduce bloating and gas, therefore, it is usually used to treat IBS. Besides, ginger can relieve intestines inflammation and make the muscles relax.
Add half a coffee spoon of fresh ginger into a hot cup of water. Keep it steam for about 10 minutes, after removing the ginger, you can serve with some honey then enjoy the tea. You can use ginger tea for 2 or 3 times daily to reduce cramps and belly discomfort.
Another way is grating a piece of ginger then adding a few tea spoon of honey to create a mixture. Consume this before lunch or dinner to improve your digestion and get rid of diarrhea.
Notice: People with high blood pressure are not advised to use ginger to cure IBS.
- Cabbage juice
Cabbage juice works perfectly for people with IBS-C (IBS with constipation).
Cabbage juice is composed of sulfur and clorine, which helps clean the mucus membranes in stomach and intestine. The light laxative effect in cabbage juice facilitate the bowel movement so that it is made to pass and still supply enough water for the body.
Wash a cabbage and slide it into pieces.
Orderly put pieces into a grinding machine or a blender.
Consume half a cup of cabbage juice for 1-4 times per day. Remember to drink the juice right after constipation.
Notice: For some people, cabbage juice may result in bloating and flatulence.
Soluble fibre will draw out the liquid in your intestines, thus prevents diarrhea. Fibre can be found in peanut, oatmeal, in fruits like grapefruit, apple and strawberry. The sotublefibre in those food bulk up stool and speed up the passage through the intestines.
If you haven’t had much fibre in your diet, gradually increase the amount of fibre. Because too much fibre added at the same time may cause gas overload and bloating. Let’s start with 8 grams of fibre a day, which is the amount you may find in 2 pears then increase the fibre intake to 3 or 4 grams per day until you reach 30 grams per day.
Also, drink at least 6 to 8 glass of water every day to make to fibre move smoothly through your intestine.
- Dairy products
You should opt for products with low fat and skim milk as an alternative for whole milk ones as they contain fat causing irritation. These are available under tablet form and in a lot of food products with lactose enzyme, a chemical that helps consume lactose. As some people with IBS are lactose-intolerant, which means their stomach can’t not digest lactose, the sugar in milk or dairy products.
Exercising reduces stress, releases endorphins – a natural pain killer and keep your body and digestion system work effectively. Whenever possible, get some exercises for at least 30 minutes such as jogging or walking. Your body will thank you a lot!