Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder. Estimates suggest between nine and 23% of the global population is affected by it, with over 30 million people in the United States suffering from this gastro intestinal disorder.
According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), it’s estimated that IBS is also more common in females, which account for two out of every three cases. The problem is compounded because so many people are uncomfortable about discussing any issues to do with their bowels.
IBS is also often dismissed by the medical profession as a condition they can do little to help with. Personally, I think this is unacceptable, because if you can find the cause of any problem, then you can begin to treat it, and there is much we can do both to find the cause of IBS and then treat the symptoms.
Something is making your bowel ‘irritable’, and it is simply a question of finding out what that is while at the same time finding ways to help calm things down. IBS is described as a disorder in the way the bowel functions and so, in my view, it is important to try to work out just why your bowel is not functioning normally and use your diet and natural remedies to get your digestive system working properly again.
What you Eat Effects Your Health
Most medical students only receive a few hours of nutrition lectures in over six years of training, and yet it makes sense that a condition such as IBS will benefit the most from treatment through the diet. What you eat can have a profound effect on your health, and if you can give your body the right nutrients, then you will give it the ‘tools’ to heal itself.
I wanted to write a series of articles and promote this book because IBS is the most common problem connected to the gastrointestinal tract, and yet after a diagnosis, so many people are left wondering what they can do about it, and if they just have to put up with it. There are various ways to tackle IBS: it may be a case of finding out what is the right diet for you but, equally, there may be an underlying cause that has not been tracked down. There are various tests available, which I will outline in detail over the next few weeks, to help you identify the cause.
Learn to Think of Your Body as a Whole
We will look at your whole body in relation to IBS, from how your digestive system is working, to the role that emotions and stress play with this condition. All the available medical and nutrition tests are explained, some of which can be extremely helpful. I will give you vital advice on how to support the digestive system, gently healing and strengthening it back to normal function with my Diet Plan, guidance on how to benefit from supplements, and I will also outline therapies for any anxiety or stress associated with your IBS.
Using nutrition as a form of treatment works quite differently from conventional medicine. The first aim is to work on the symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of the problem. The next stage — and here’s the big difference — is to work on prevention, because once you have addressed the root cause of the problem and know how to manage the condition, you often need only a simple maintenance programme to keep things on an even keel.
Step by step, we will nourish your digestive system back to good health…