Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Introduction

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of those horrible conditions (for sufferers) that are considered by some to be not a ‘real disease’. The symptoms vary from patient to patient, but these symptoms are very real indeed for those experiencing them.

It can seem to sufferers that are diagnosed with IBS, that in the absence of being diagnosed with something more injurious to health, all that is left is an ‘irritable bowel’.

The great take-away, at least, from a diagnosis of IBS, is that the symptoms experienced are not indicative of something worse, as these symptoms can certainly mimic those of other diseases.

If a diagnosis of IBS is confirmed, the next obvious step is managing, alleviating, reducing or ideally eliminating the painful and discomforting symptoms.

This eBook provides some understanding of the causes and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Even better, it describes natural solutions that have worked for others to provide ongoing relief.

Table Of Contents

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Disclaimer ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 6

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ……………………………………………………………. 7

Contributing Factors ………………………………………………………………………….. 8

The Connection between the Brain and the Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) ……. 8

The Importance of Serotonin ………………………………………………………………. 8

The Amino Acid Tryptophan ………………………………………………………………… 9

Long Term Prognosis ………………………………………………………………………….. 9

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ………………………………………. 10

Diarrhea …………………………………………………………………………………………. 11

Constipation ……………………………………………………………………………………. 11

Mixed or Alternating Diarrhea and Constipation ………………………………….. 11

Pain and Cramping …………………………………………………………………………… 12

Gas and Bloating ……………………………………………………………………………… 12

Fatigue and Insomnia ……………………………………………………………………….. 12

Anxiety and Depression ……………………………………………………………………. 12

Is It Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD)? … 13

Symptoms Common to Both Disorders ……………………………………………….. 13

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? ……………………………………… 14

Symptoms Unique to Irritable Bowel Syndrome …………………………………… 14

Dehydration ………………………………………………………………………………… 14

Impacted Bowel …………………………………………………………………………… 15

Treatment for IBS …………………………………………………………………………….. 15

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD)? ……………………………….. 15

Symptoms Unique to Inflammatory Bowel Disorder ……………………………… 15

Is It Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Colon Cancer? …………………………………….. 17

Differences and Similarities between IBS and Colon Cancer Symptoms ……. 18

Alarming Symptoms to Watch Out For………………………………………………… 19

Diagnosing IBS and Colon Cancer ……………………………………………………….. 19

IBS vs. Celiac Disease vs. Crohn’s Disease ……………………………………………… 20

Celiac Disease vs. IBS ……………………………………………………………………….. 21

The Causes of Celiac Disease and IBS ………………………………………………….. 21

The Co-Occurrence of Celiac Disease and IBS ……………………………………….. 22

The Prevalence of Celiac Disease and IBS …………………………………………….. 22

Crohn’s Disease vs. IBS ……………………………………………………………………… 23

Crohn’s Disease vs. Celiac Disease ……………………………………………………… 23

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Anxiety and Stress ………………………………… 24

The Gut-Brain Connection …………………………………………………………………. 25

The Link Between Stress, Anxiety and IBS ……………………………………………. 25

Natural Healing Solutions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ………………. 27

Alternate Health Care Treatments ……………………………………………………… 27

Acupuncture ………………………………………………………………………………… 28

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) …………………………………………………… 28

Probiotics ……………………………………………………………………………………. 29

Supplements ……………………………………………………………………………….. 29

Herbs ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29

Probiotics for IBS……………………………………………………………………………… 30

What are Probiotics? ……………………………………………………………………….. 31

Probiotics and Its Impact on IBS Sufferers ……………………………………………. 31

How Probiotics Can Help IBS Sufferers ………………………………………………… 31

Effective Yoga Poses for Irritable Bowel Syndrome ………………………………… 33

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half-Seated Spinal Twist) ………………………………… 34

Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose) ………………………………………………….. 34

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) ………………………………………………………………….. 34

Pavanamuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose) …………………………………………….. 34

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) ……………………………………………………………….. 35

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) …………………………………. 35

Make Yoga a Lifestyle Change ……………………………………………………………. 35

FODMAPs Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ………………………………. 36

How Do FODMAPs Impact Irritable Bowel Syndrome …………………………… 37

FODMAP Diet ………………………………………………………………………………….. 37

How the FODMAP Diet Works ……………………………………………………………. 37

Reintroduction Phase ……………………………………………………………………….. 38

Confirmed Results ……………………………………………………………………………. 38

Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………………………. 39