|Written by Priscilla Benfield|
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder of the large intestine. It causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS can be controlled. Here are some tips on how to deal with IBS.
1- Know your triggers.
Keeping a log of your symptoms can help you determine what triggers you need to avoid. Certain foods, medications, emotions and stress can all trigger painful symptoms.
2- Stress reduction.
No one can escape stress but you can learn how to cope with it. IBS sufferers can benefit from learning techniques like yoga and meditation. Massage can also be helpful for helping to relax.
Going to see a counsellor who can help you learn to reduce stress can help with your IBS symptoms. Biofeedback is a stress reduction technique that teaches you how to reduce muscle tension and slow your heart rate. This can help to calm the "nervous" stomach feeling that many IBS sufferers deal with.
Being cautious with the kinds of foods you eat can help you to avoid having attacks when you are not at home. Eating smaller meals and keeping a food diary will help you determine what is "safe" for you to eat.
See your doctor for recommendations on how to deal with irritable bowel syndrome. Undiagnosed anxiety may be part of your problem.