Ways To Manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome
May 10, 2012 | By Sarah Ryder

Do you live in fear of the way your bowels might react to the food you eat? Is your life interrupted by sudden irritable bowel syndrome episodes?

Millions of people around the world suffer from this condition, and yet many still find themselves asking, "What is irritable bowel syndrome?" This condition is caused by a bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract. Natural options should be considered, before turning to chemical-based medicines.

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Most people don't feel comfortable discussing digestive issues with anyone. Irritable bowel syndrome affects many adults, and should be discussed more openly. In most cases, prolonged irritable bowel syndrome won't cause long-term damage, but it can be painful and embarrassing.

Before seeking effective irritable bowel syndrome remedies, you should understand its causes. When your digestive system doesn't contain enough beneficial bacteria, your body is susceptible to pathogens, toxins, and harmful bacteria that can trigger irritable bowel syndrome. This lack of beneficial bacteria is typically caused by over-ingestion of bad bacteria found in contaminated water, processed foods, conventional meats and dairy, alcohol and non-nutritious foods.

Learning Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It's normal to experience occasional bouts of constipation or diarrhea, so it can sometimes be difficult to determine if you're truly in need of irritable bowel syndrome remedies. Keep track of the symptoms you experience, and be sure to tell your doctor if you notice a combination of the following:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Stool that contains mucus

No matter what you notice, if your symptoms persist for more than a week, you should seek medical advice. Severe digestive issues can be signs of other health issues.

Are there Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome Remedies?

Since, irritable bowel syndrome is caused by an irritation or imbalance of bacteria in the intestine or stomach, the body can react by rejecting certain foods, or failing to process them correctly. Improving your diet and having a regular exercise routine can help your digestive system work at top levels.

Prescription medications or over-the-counter medicines used to alleviate irritable bowel syndrome many times temporarily relieve symptoms, but rarely resolve the root issue of bacterial imbalance. Therefore, digestive discomfort typically returns.

While not considered treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, a daily regimen of probiotic supplements can support healthy digestive system function.* Probiotics can help restore and maintain natural balance of good bacteria.*

If you think you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, make sure to contact a health care professional to discuss remedies.

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