Testing For IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the name doctors have given to a collection of otherwise unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. It affects around a third of the population at some point in their lives and about one in ten people suffer symptoms severe enough to seek help from their Doctor.
The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may include:
- Abdominal pain and spasms, often relieved by going to the toilet.
- Diarrhoea, Constipation or an erratic bowel habit
- Bloating or swelling of the abdomen.
- Rumbling noises and excessive passage of wind.
- Urgency (An urgent need to visit the toilet).Incontinence (If a toilet is not nearby).
- Sharp pain felt low down inside the rectum.
- Sensation of incomplete bowel movement.
When X-rays, blood tests, endoscopies and other diagnostic tests are carried out, the results do not reveal any obvious abnormality. For this reason IBS is often called ‘a functional disorder’ of the bowel; in other words, a disturbance in bowel function without any change in structure or obvious cause.
IBS is more frequently diagnosed in women compared with men, in young compared with old and in western countries compared with the developing world. It is commonly associated with emotional tension and is frequently triggered by life changes, difficult life situations or stressful life events.
Enter The Paleo Diet…
So how can the Paleo diet help IBS sufferers? It helps by cutting out most of the known triggers of IBS. Dairy, gluten and grains are particularly harmful and inflammatory. Your goals to better guts are to elimate trigger foods, heal and seal your gut, lower inflammation and restore your gut flora. The gut flora needs to be calmed and healed, allowing the good bacteria to grow and multiply, thus eliminated the horrible IBS symptoms.
Some people may also be sensitive to FODMAPS which are a group of short-chain fermentable carbohydrates, they can also be excessively fermented in you colon. Foods high in FODMAPS include several fruits and vegetables like apples, onions and cauliflower. The problem with these foods isn’t that they’re naturally toxic, it’s that an unhealthy digestive system just isn’t up to them. FODMAPS aren’t easy to digest, so they linger in the small intestine while your gut flora ferment them. Look up a list of FODMAP foods and check to see if they are a possible cause for concern.
The Paleo diet is not a fad diet, it has been around for years. It is also commonly known as the caveman’s diet as it originated from pre-historic times where there was none of the convenience foods we have today. Time to go back to basics, where you can eat, wholesome, preferably organic Meat, Poultry, Fish, Seafood and Eggs. Using nut and coconut oils, plus Butter and cream if you tolerate dairy. Vegetables
and fruit all washed down with plenty of water, filtered or sparkling, tea and super healing bone broths which can heal seal and repair your gut. No Alcohol unless gluten free, coffee or sugar. Removing all additives and preservatives will detox your delicate system and restore it to better functioning digestion.
The Paleo diet is a good place to start with IBS and anecdotal evidence shows that it has helped hundreds of people feel better than they have in years by removing the most common dietary culprits: gluten, grains, legumes, soy and dairy.
So what do you have to think about? Eating a better diet will avoid you injuring your gut and the inflammation will eventually subside. A brand new start to a better health and lifestyle.