How to Cope With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that manifests itself with abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. As partially digested food moves from the stomach through the intestines, the intestines squeeze and contract to move the food. With IBS, intestinal movement becomes irregular, causing food to move too quickly or slowly through the digestive system. When the food moves too quickly, the bowel does not have enough time to extract the water and the result is diarrhea. Food that moves too slowly causes the bowel to extract too much water, resulting in constipation.


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    See your doctor if you suffer from abdominal pain and irregular bowels. Only a doctor can diagnose IBS. IBS symptoms can also be caused by other health conditions, so your doctor will probably want to run some tests before giving you an IBS diagnosis.
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    Keep a daily diary of the foods you eat and the IBS symptoms you experience. Often the "trigger foods" that cause IBS attacks are unique to the individual, but the most common triggers are high fat foods such as red meat, dairy and fried foods. After learning what foods set off your IBS, you can avoid them or eat them in moderation.
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    Increase the amount of soluble fiber in your diet to increase the bulk of your stool. Bulkier stool is softer and easier to pass through your digestive system. Be cautious with insoluble fiber, such as wheat bran, which can worsen IBS symptoms.
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    Take Lecithin. Foods rich in lecithin are egg yolks, soybeans, cow milk butter and animal brains. You can also buy soy lecithin granules in most supermarkets or health food stores. Lecithin helps restore the endothelium which is often damaged in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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    Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Caffeine and nicotine serve as muscle stimulants and may aggravate sensitive bowels, contributing to IBS symptoms. Alcohol is known to be a gastric irritant.
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    Eat several small meals or healthy snacks each day instead of three large meals. Large meals often set off bouts of IBS.
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    Get regular exercise. Exercise helps your body to deal with stress and promotes good bowel function.
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    Practice a relaxation technique such as yoga or meditation to help cope with stress. Stress can be a trigger for IBS attacks.
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    Take a prescription medication if your attempts to control IBS through diet and lifestyle are not effective. Your doctor may prescribe an anticholinergic agent to lower your intestinal activity, or a mild tranquilizer or sedative.
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    Try Homeopathy for irritable bowel syndrome: Resonance Homeopathic ingredients like Anacardium, Asafoetida, Nux vomica help to improve digestion, normalize bowel movements and relieve inflammation of bowels.
    • Anacardium
    • Asafoetida
    • Nux Vomica [1]
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    Herbal remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Many herbs have been used for centuries to correct digestive disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Herbs are potent sources of antioxidants, which help to counter the effects of inflammation, improve digestion and bowel movements. Herbs also act to reduce the stress, which is the main culprit behind the pathology of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
    • Emblica officinalis [2]
    • Tinospora cordifolia
    • Glycyrrhiza glabra


  • Some people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome are lactose intolerant. Try avoiding all milk and dairy products for two weeks to see if your symptoms improve.
  • If you have been diagnosed with IBS and have bad period pains with it, then ask your doctor if you can try Buscopan Cramps ( tablets) They're not recommended for everyone but they do work for period and IBS issues and the cramps that you get with IBS.
  • peppermint has been thought to help IBS (constipation and diarrhea) as it aids healthy digestion and relieves abdominal cramps, it can be taken in many forms, for instance in capsules taken before or after meals, herbal tea's and fresh peppermint.


  • Do not take laxatives if you suffer from IBS. Frequent laxative use can lead to dependency, which can weaken your intestines.

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