Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gut condition and affects about one in ten people at some time. It is most common among people aged between 25 and 45 but can cause problems at any age. Women are more often affected than men. If you are a sufferer the symptoms can vary, but it can also be very debilitating and take over your life. The pain from spasms from your colon (Spastic Colon) can be excruciating and it is an illness that is often dismissed but doctors and health professionals.
The symptoms of IBS include:
Abdominal pain, bloating and wind
Diarrhoea or constipation, or episodes of both
Passing mucus when you open your bowels
A feeling of incomplete emptying of the rectum
Nausea and vomiting
Depression, anxiety and stress
Other possible symptoms that aren’t related to the gut include backache, tiredness, headaches, and urinary or gynaecological symptoms.
About one-third of those with IBS predominantly have problems with diarrhoea while another third are mostly troubled byconstipation, and the remainder have both loose and hard motions, and others switch between types.
Although the exact cause is unknown, and it isn’t possible to prevent IBS from developing, there are certain things that trigger attacks and so should be avoided, including stress, certain foods (different in every individual), and irregular mealtimes.
What research is starting to show is that people with IBS seem to have a colon (also called the large bowel) that is super-sensitive. This is supported by the fact that some people develop IBS following gut infections and food poisoning, suggesting that these illnesses have somehow changed the gut and made it more sensitive.
The whole length of the bowel is controlled by a nervous system, which carries signals back and forward between the gut and the brain, controlling factors such as how fast food is pushed through the intestines. Some experts believe this ‘enteric’ nervous system is faulty in people with IBS.
In IBS, the bowel responds with powerful contractions or spasms to stimuli that wouldn’t bother other people, for example, simply eating food. Leading research into IBS has shown that changing your diet and lifestyle can ease the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Curing IBS Through Diet?
The Paelo diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. It offers the inflamed gut the chance to heal and improve its fuction with the help of a new growth of good bacteria. Removing the main food groups than can cause the illness will offer the help needed to improve their digestion. The Paleo diet eliminates a lot of pro-inflammatory foods, while promoting anti-inflammatory and antioxidants foods.
These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.
Decades of research demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations.
Another possible causes of IBS,is a Frutose malabsorption or FODMAPs, which represents a group of short-chain fermentable carbohydrates and stands for Fructose Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharide And Polyols. Check out these foods, to see if they are a trigger for your IBS symptoms.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS) is a condition, which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. Knowing this isn’t it time to start eating your way to a better health.