IBS isn’t something people like to open up about (pun intended).
Yet, it’s something that affects almost everyone at some point in their life, and sometimes, it can be a lifelong condition.
However, it is something that can be managed, and a lot of the time, cured. All it takes is working out the route cause of the problem, and that can frequently open up a lot of other doors to solutions you didn’t know were possible.
IBS can cause constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, bloating, spots, angst, anger, and so much more.
The best way to combat IBS is through your diet. Whilst problems can occur due to other issues such as stress, most of the time what we eat is the root cause of our stomach problems. Who would have thought?
There is such a thing as ‘too much fibre’. We’re frequently told to shovel as much fibre through ourselves as physically possible to make sure everything runs ‘smoothly’. Yet, too much fibre can block the system and actually hurt our digestive system.
There are two types of fibre: insoluble and soluble. Soluble is the type you’d find in something like porridge: gooey, runny, doesn’t necessarily need to be chewed that much before you swallow. Insoluble fibre is the type you’d find in a raw carrot: hard, rough, and needs to be chomped a few times to be digested properly. Too much insoluble fibre can be harsh on your stomach due to how coarse it can be, and too much fibre overall can be too much for the stomach to handle.
If you do find yourself feeling bloated, then try drinking teas that contain peppermint and ginger. These can help to settle bloated stomachs and help with digestion after meals. Sipping one of these whilst you go for a 10-15 minute stroll is also a good way to help get things settled and/or moving in the right direction.
If you’re frequently experiencing stomach issues, and these tips aren’t working, then get in contact with me and we can get to the bottom of it together.