5 Keys to Ending IBS

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Let’s play a little imagine game for a moment:

Imagine that every single day you suffer from digestive pain, gas and bloating.

You can’t even remember the last time you had a normal bowel movement.  Instead your bathroom habits are limited to two options—constipation or diarrhea.

Your pain and symptoms cause you such embarrassment that you shy away from social situations.

The pain can get so severe that you lose time from work or school.

The idea of not being near a bathroom or being unable to find a bathroom sends tidal waves of fear through you.

Your healthcare professional tells you that you have a “functional” disorder, meaning they couldn’t find anything anatomically wrong with you…or you might be told it’s all in your head.

You end up living your life around this “condition,” and the biggest concern in the back of your mind 24/7 is: When will your next attack occur?

Welcome to the world of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Sadly, as many as 1 out of 5 people (about 20% of the population) in the US suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

And what I described above in graphic detail is their daily reality.

But the most frustrating things is, these people are suffering so greatly, and not getting any plausible advice or solutions!

Let’s take a look at the fact and fiction surrounding IBS, what DOES cause it and most importantly, how you can help put an end to it for good.

Fiction and facts about IBS

Here are the main culprits in terms of misinformation that you’ll read, hear and be told about IBS.

It’s a mystery!

Fiction:  The cause of IBS is unknown, “yet to be determined” or a psychological manifestation.

Fact: There are 3 primary causes of IBS that are very real and very fixable.  (More on that below.)

The famous trigger theory

Fiction:  You should keep a food diary so you can track what foods trigger an attack and avoid those foods.

Fact:  Oh, if it were only that easy.  Truth is, most IBS sufferers have trouble pinpointing specific “trigger foods.”  Instead many observe that certain foods seem to bother them sometimes, but not other times.

All hail ye medications

Fiction:  Many medications can be very helpful with managing IBS including laxatives, anti-spasmodic drugs, acid reducers and antidepressants.

Fact:  Medications do NOTHING to address the underlying causes of IBS.  They merely mask the symptoms (many times not very well) and increase the suffering of the person taking them because of their side effects.

Don’t worry—be happy

Fiction:  IBS does not cause damage to the intestines and does not increase cancer risk.

Fact:  This is so wrong I don’t know where to begin.

First of all, the constipation associated with IBS can lead to harmful bacteria overgrowth (dysbiosis), which can make your gut wall leaky and greatly impair nutrient absorption.

Plus straining to have bowel movements can put pressure on the colon wall and encourage the development of diverticulosis (and eventually diverticulitis).

If that’s not intestinal damage, then please tell me, what is?

Plus the friendly flora in your gut houses 70% of your immune system and YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM HELPS PROTECT YOU AGAINST CANCER!

So if you have dysbiosis and your gut flora is not as healthy as it should be, you are most assuredly lacking in some vital cancer protection.

Now for the REAL truth—what does cause IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome has 3 primary causes:

1-      Poor digestion

2-      Undiagnosed food allergies

3-      Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO)

Here’s the scoop on each of those:

Poor digestion = intestinal fireworks

People who have a typical modern diet are most definitely eating truckloads of processed foods and meals that are next-to-impossible for their bodies to digest efficiently.

And if your digestive system cannot break down your foods like it’s supposed to, it’s just a matter of time before your body begins to give you one or more not-so-subtle signs that something isn’t right.

These signs can include any or all of the following:

  • Excess acid rising up in your throat; heartburn
  • Burping, belching
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Gas, flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Feeling of extreme fullness after eating
  • Abdominal pain

If this goes on long enough and if you don’t do anything to help your digestion improve, these symptoms eventually become chronic and are formally diagnosed as things such as acid reflux, GERD, diverticulosis, diverticulitis and…

IBS!

The sneaky nature of food allergies and sensitivities

Many people have food allergies or sensitivities and don’t even know it…all they know is that they’re suffering with very frequent pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea (typical IBS symptoms).

True food allergies are a little easier to detect because you usually get symptoms pretty quickly after eating the offending food, and oftentimes may suffer a rash or other reaction.

But food sensitivities are a bit sneakier.  You won’t necessary get symptoms right away—it might take you up to 72 hours to feel the effects, and at that point, you’re clueless.

Swimming upstream–Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO)

The different types of bacteria that live in the large vs. small intestines each have different functions.

One of those differences is the metabolism of carbohydrates. Most carbs are absorbed in your small intestine, and there’s typically little or no gas produced.

The only exception is dietary fiber — that passes on to the large intestine.

The bacteria in your large intestine break down fiber and as they’re doing that, some gas is naturally produced. The bacteria usually absorb most of the gas, and any excess is passed as normal (not excessive) flatulence.

However, with SIBO some of the fiber-gnawing bacteria from your large intestine “swim upstream” and take up residence in the small intestine. When this happens, fiber that you eat begins to be broken down too soon.—in the small intestine instead of the large.

Since your small intestine isn’t equipped to handle this and it doesn’t have the right bacteria to absorb the resulting gas, this can cause bloating, excessive gas and pain (classic IBS symptoms).

How to say goodbye to IBS for good!

Now that you know the fact from the fiction, as well as what really causes IBS, now you can say goodbye to it for good!

1-      Get tested

If you suspect food allergies or sensitivities could be an issue for you, it’s important to see a doctor and have some testing done.

2-      Help improve your digestion

This is the most obvious one of all, since poor digestion is the #1 most common cause of IBS (and many other digestive conditions for that matter).

The good news is, it’s easy to do!  It’s simply a matter of improving your diet and giving your body a little enzyme boost if needed.  Here’s the scoop on both of those:

The diet piece

In order to help ensure better digestion, you have to eat real (not processed) foods in combinations that are much easier for your body to break down.

Now before you roll your eyes, hear me out: Eating right does NOT have to mean deprivation, giving up tasty food or existing on rabbit food.

Not when you use the Great Taste No Pain eating system

http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp

Or if you’re gluten sensitive, Great Taste No Gluten.

http://www.greattastenogluten.com/great.asp

In the Great Taste No Pain and Great Taste No Gluten manuals, I show you how to put together meals that your body can more easily break down. They may be a little different from the smorgasbord-type meals you’re used to, but you can still enjoy foods you love and it’s easy to do.

As the old saying goes, “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

I dare you to give it a try…because I KNOW you’ll see a difference in how you feel.  I’ve had countless doubters come back to me with their tails between their legs and mumbling, “Yeah, you were right.”

The enzyme piece

If you’ve had IBS (and poor digestion) for a while, chances are good that you’ve also had a long history of expending far more enzymes in digestion that you ideally should have.

That means that your body could now be enzyme-challenged and may be having trouble generating enough for your needs.

And heaven help you if you’ve taken acid reducers for a period of time–enzyme issues are practically a given for you at this point!

Many IBS sufferers (and people with other digestive problems) have gotten tremendous relief by giving their body an occasional boost of enzyme help.

If you feel your enzymes need a little helping hand, Digestizol Max is here to help.

-http://www.bluerockholistics.com/product/dmax.asp

Digestizol Max has a feisty, potent blend of 14 plant-derived enzymes which assist your system in breaking down whatever you eat–protein, carbs, sugars, fats and fibers.

That can mean better digestion FAST and fewer IBS symptoms for YOU!

3-      Balance that flora and counteract SIBO

Properly balanced intestinal flora is also absolutely necessary for good digestion.  The friendly flora in your gut helps to digest carbs and fiber, as well as helping to ease bloating, prevent gas and encourage normal bowel movements.

Those are dreams to an IBS sufferer!

In addition to a healthy diet like I mentioned above, probiotic supplementation can help ensure your friendly flora balance is where it needs to be.

But that’s not all.

Because probiotics can be extremely helpful in the fight against SIBO.  But the key is that it’s important to use a formula which contains both bifidobacterium species (for the colon) and lactobacillus species (which beef up the small intestine).

And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is up to these important challenges.

http://www.bluerockholistics.com/product/pross.asp

Super Shield can help enhance digestion and fight SIBO-induced symptoms safely and naturally from within by helping to restore and maintain the flora balance in both your small and large intestines.

With a proper flora balance, that will help carbohydrates (and ALL your foods) to be broken down where they’re supposed to be, without risking the resulting horrible gas and bloating.

4-      Relieve stress

Stress can definitely compromise your digestion, which can certainly worsen IBS symptoms.  Your mind and GI tract are connected through a series of impulse pathways called the “brain-gut axis” and what affects one affects the other.

The best form of stress relief is regular exercise.

Other stress relievers include taking up a hobby, adopting a pet, counseling, prayer, meditation, aromatherapy, deep breathing, acupuncture, massage therapy and yoga.  There are a lot of options to help you.

Come on over!

I’d like to invite you over to the land of the “IBS-free.”

Yes, that includes yours truly.

I have been completely free of IBS for over 22 YEARS solely because of my diet and probiotic supplementation.

I will never forget all of the horrible suffering I endured for 10+ years with IBS..and trust me, life is very sweet indeed when you finally say goodbye to it.

Come on over and see how great you can feel.

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One thought on “5 Keys to Ending IBS

  1. Thanks for such a thorough post on the impact of IBS! I have followed a low FODMAP diet for the past 3 years and I find that is has helped dramatically reduce my symptoms. I also completely agree about taking probiotic supplements! Sacha

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