If I Take an IBS Drug Now For Quick Relief, What Else Can I Do To Truly Heal?
To me it's really no wonder that many readers resort to a drug to help ease IBS symptoms.
IBS not only uncomfortable, it can be physically painful. It can be socially embarrassing. It can prevent participation in normal daily activities, leading to other problems such anxiety and depression.
Of course, my vote would be to address the problem in a more holistic manner, but I certainly understand anyone who is really suffering wanting the quickest route to relief.
While taking IBS drugs will frequently help relieve the symptoms and make daily life easier to manage, you'll want to address the causes so that yu can truly heal.
Again, whether you choose to take an IBS drug or not, it's important to be proactive about your recovery.
IBS is a symptom of imbalance in the body. Make conscious choices to help re-create that natural balance so you'll be less reliant on a drug to make you feel better temporarily.
"Okay, so what else can I be doing?"
Avoid the foods which trigger your IBS symptoms. Notice they're similar to the Foods To Avoid
list in our Diet Guide section. Common triggers include:
- white bread and similar products including things like bagels, burger buns, pretzels, english muffins, sandwich breads, foccacia, ciabatta, pizza crust, baguettes, French bread, Italian bread...
- refined sugars and sweeteners with white sugar and foods sweetened with it topping the list. Avoid soda pop and other sugary or corn-syrupy beverages too.
- deep fried foods such as chips, fries, donuts, etc. Most fast food is going to give you trouble.
-wine and beer can cause trouble for some
-coffee and tea, even decaf, can make symptoms worse. Try a mild herbal tea instead (peppermint is great for soothing intestinal spasms)
- dairy products for some people, will cause problems due to a lactose intolerance. Not everyone will need to avoid all dairy, and will best served searching out raw, unadulterated milk from grass-fed animals. It can be hard to come by, but dairy is not a necessary food for anyone. So if you can't get good dairy, you can obtain all necessary nutrients from other sources. For instance - kale contains plenty of calcium, and often in a more absorbable form than milk or cheese.
Learn to reduce stress. Find ways to manage daily stress, whether it be through exercise, mediation, yoga, crafts, hobbies, or even adopting a pet.
Don't overeat. Instead, eat smaller meals throughout the day. Overburdening the stomach with too much food at once can trigger problems.
Exercise can be of great benefit. Regular exercise promotes regularity.
Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen as these can aggravate or trigger flare-ups.
Peppermint tea, or peppermint oil capsules can help with intestinal pain, gas and bloating.
Where can I get peppermint tea, peppermint oil and capsules?
Whether or not you choose to take an IBS drug, you will be well served following these guidelines to help manage and even cure your IBS.
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