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Top 20 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Do’s and Don’ts- Part I: Don’t do that!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

 

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder that causes stomachache, heartburn, and nausea.  Sometimes, IBS causes vitamin B12 deficiency; other times, IBS happens because of other comorbid conditions or bad eating habits.  In part one of Top 20 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Do’s and Don’ts, learn how to treat IBS symptoms by changing your eating habits and making smarter lifestyle choices.

TOP 20 IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) DO’S AND DON’TS

Symptoms of IBS

About 20% of Americans suffer symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, which may vary in severity from uncomfortable to debilitating.  IBS does not cause any harm to your digestive system, nor does it lead to any life-threatening diseases.  Depending on what’s causing IBS, be it vitamin B12 deficiency or Crohn’s disease, you may have most or just a few of the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn that is not relieved by antacids
  • Acid reflux
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Belching
  • Bloated feeling
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Top 20 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Do’s and Don’ts- Part I: Don’t do that!

#1 Don’t do that!  Overeat

Indulging in large meals is the most common eating-related cause of IBS.  Your body needs only a small amount of food to be satisfied.  By eating more than your stomach can handle in one sitting, you cause stomach discomfort, acid indigestion, painful heartburn, and obesity.  Instead of eating a day’s worth of calories at once, break them down into several small meals throughout the day.

However, if you eat normal-sized meals, yet feel your throat closing up while eating, or if you have trouble swallowing food, then it might indicate pernicious anemia, which may be diagnosed with a vitamin B12 blood test.

#2 Don’t do that!  Rush through meals

Do you give yourself a long time to enjoy a meal? If not, you may be causing severe indigestion.  While you eat, your stomach sends messages to your brain, signaling you when it’s time to stop eating.  Once your stomach is comfortably full, you feel satiated.  However, it may take as long as 20 minutes the message to come full circle.  So by eating in a hurry, you don’t give yourself a chance to stop eating in time to avoid overeating and indigestion.  Instead, eat slowly, put your fork down between bites, and pay attention to your stomach signals.

#3 Don’t do that!  Eat processed foods

Processed foods are the source of many gastrointestinal ills.  What are processed foods?  Anything food that’s been stripped of its nutritional value through processing, resulting in a nutritionally-devoid, hard-to-digest product may, over time, cause stomach upset, bacterial infections, vitamin deficiency, and obesity.  Anything containing white flour, white rice, white sugar, or many food additives may cause IBS symptoms.


TOP 20 IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) DO’S AND DON’TS

#4 Don’t do that!  Eat trigger foods

Certain trigger foods may exacerbate IBS or illnesses like Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia.  Likely food triggers are fried or fatty foods, spicy dishes, caffeinated beverages, carbonated drinks, alcohol, fruits with small seeds, chocolate, corn, and dairy products.  All of these may cause acid reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, and stomach cramping.

#5 Don’t do that!  Drink during meals

Having a sip of mineral water between bites may seem like a good idea for weight control, but it also causes indigestion.  Every time you wash down your food with liquids, you dilute essential stomach acids, thereby reducing their potency and triggering heartburn, acid indigestion, and tummy aches.  Instead, drink down a large glass of water before eating- you’ll digest your food better and feel full sooner!

#6 Don’t do that!  Mindless eating

Another mistake people often make is eating in front of the television, while reading, standing at the buffet table, or worse yet- while driving your car.  Eating on “autopilot” causes you to eat too much, too fast, and makes it almost impossible for you to recognize feelings of satiety.  As a rule, always eat white seated at a table, minus the TV or computer screen.

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#7 Don’t do that!  Lie down after eating

Your metabolism doesn’t function well in sedentary mode; for that reason, it’s important to avoid slumping on the couch after a meal.  For better digestion, plan light workouts like walking for an after-meal activity.

#8 Don’t do that!  Medications

Lay off medicines that can worsen heartburn and acid reflux, such as sleeping pills.  Also, overusing acid reflux meds for heartburn can increase your risk for bacterial infections, in addition to interfering with vitamin B12 absorption.

#9 Don’t do that!  Stress out

Stress is a common cause of stomach problems.  For people with IBS, anxiety, fatigue, and anger can cause muscle spasms in the colon.  Incorporate exercise, relaxation techniques, and vitamin therapy into your daily regimen for optimum psychological health.  If necessary, antidepressants prescribed by your doctor may be helpful.

Sometimes, extreme stress, depression, and anxiety correlate with severe vitamin B12 deficiency.  Other mental disorders correlated with B12 deficiency include paranoia, hallucinations, and unusual aggressiveness.

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Top 20 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Do’s and Don’ts- Part I: Don’t do that!

#10 Don’t do that!  Smoke

Not only does smoking cigarettes damage your lungs, it also affects your digestive system, causing acid reflux and esophageal damage, as well.  Improve your chances of living a long, healthy life- ask your doctor for advice on quitting smoking, for good.

Please tell us…

Have you been experiencing unusual stomach problems, such as feeling uncomfortably full after eating light meals, waking up in the middle of the night with acid reflux, or chronic diarrhea?

Have you had your vitamin B12 levels tested?  Gastrointestinal disorders sometimes lead to vitamin B12 deficiency, so people with GI issues are recommended to get their vitamin B12 levels checked routinely.

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Read more about vitamin B12 deficiency and IBS

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Gastrointestinal Surgery for Crohn’s (IBD) and B12 Warnings

Sources:

Pernicious anemia: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Indigestion: MedlinePlus

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Indigestion – Self help

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Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms and Causes

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

 

 

What causes Leaky Gut Syndrome? Scientists aren’t positive- could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, or any number of autoimmune disorders.

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS), also called intestinal hyperpermeability, is a breach in the barrier that lines the intestinal tract.  Leaky Gut causes damage to your digestive system, making it difficult for your body to digest nutrients, in addition to “leaking” bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles from your intestines and into the rest of your body.

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What causes Leaky Gut?

Scientists aren’t clear what exactly causes Leaky Gut Syndrome, but they have noted some strong correlations; conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and gluten intolerance have a cyclical relationship with LGS, causing symptoms that cause further damage to the intestines, thus making Leaky Gut Syndrome even harder to control.  Leaky Gut could result from a chronic disease, or it may signal the onset of life-threatening illness such as AIDS.

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What are the symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Doctors are hesitant to diagnose Leaky Gut Syndrome; it hasn’t yet been fully accepted as part of conventional medicine, and there are multitudes of seemingly unrelated illnesses that are theorized as being linked with Leaky Gut Syndrome.  Not surprisingly, most doctors choose to treat each symptom separately, and rarely get to the root of the illness that might be LGS.

Below are some common symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Multiple joint pain
  • Muscular soreness
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Skin rash
  • Chronic allergies

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What diseases and are associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome?

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, or pernicious anemia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic depression
  • Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Hives
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Jaundice
  • Hepatitis
  • Unexplainable infections
  • AIDS

What can I take for Leaky Gut Syndrome?

If you are diagnosed with Leaky Gut Syndrome, your doctor might advise one or more of the following:

  • Glutamine
  • N-acetyl cysteine
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B12 supplements

Long-term lifestyle changes are effective at preventing further occurrences of Leaky Gut Syndrome, including restrictive diet for Leaky Gut, probiotics, alcohol moderation, and weaning off non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Read more about autoimmune diseases and vitamin B12 deficiency:

Lupus and Vitamin B12 Deficiency- What’s the Connection?

Dressing after Crohn’s Surgery- 5 Post- Ostomy Fashion Tips

On the Run with Crohn’s? 6 Ways to Ease Public Restroom Anxiety

Sources:

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

What Is Leaky Gut?

Autism and GI Problems


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