YOU MIGHT KNOW SOMEBODY SUFFERING WITH IBS – IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?
You might be amazed at how many people suffer in silence with gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, cramps, nausea and low energy. You could be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS as it’s often referred to.
Dining out is a nightmare for people suffering with IBS because of having to disappear quickly from the table when a gas attack arrives or the sudden onset of diarrhoea
Living life with IBS is very uncomfortable as well I know as I suffered for 15 years before I got help from a kinesiologist. It has been 15years since I suffered my last attack of IBS.
My problem involved excruciating cramps, constipation and lots and lots of gas in my gut.
I lived on constant alert as to where the nearest toilet was when I was away from home. I didn’t feel at all comfortable using the toilet in other people’s homes because of the noise of passing gas and the smell. I always had a pocket sized room freshener spray to hand to spray while in the toilet.
I dreaded being asked out to dinner because I was nervous about eating foods that would set off my IBS and ruin the night. I was also running out of excuses as to why I couldn’t go out and If I did go out why I disappeared into thin air pretty early on in the night.
Playing sport is another very difficult situation for IBS sufferers. What if you get sudden onset of diarrhoea during a game and can’t make it to the toilet in time ? When out golfing will I make it to the next hole in time before having to rush off to the nearest toilet or behind a bush.
Travelling on an aeroplane is very nerve wracking when the light comes on to tell you to stay in your seat and when you really need to go.. The fear of having an embarrassing accident is awful.
Every IBS sufferer is different as to what sets off their symptoms – the foods that they’re sensitive to, whether they get constipated or have diarrhoea, cramps, gas, nausea…the time period between onset and finish. its different for everybody. Here is some information that my clients and I have found very useful in managing IBS.
Tips for managing IBS ?
- Keep a food diary and take note of foods and drinks that you reacted to. Avoid these in the future
- Change your eating habits. Eat smaller portions more often. Eat four to six small meals instead of three large ones.
- Chew your food very well.
- Drink water between meals not with your meal as it dilutes the digestive enzymes that break down your food in the stomach
- Exercise regularly and get enough sleep
- Slow down. Give yourself a break, time out. We all lead stressful lives and need to reduce stress levels.
If you know somebody who may be suffering from IBS I am always happy to chat over the phone or respond to your email about how to make your life better.
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