Constipation is one of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a frustrating disease that has neither a specific cause nor a treatment that can end it once and for all. IBS sufferers in the throes of constipation need laxatives that are both gentle and effective. Ideally, these laxatives made from natural products. A laxative is simply a product that allows the person to pass stool easily when they are constipated by adding fiber, helping the large intestine hold more water, increasing the motility of the large intestine or a combination of these and other factors. Natural laxatives are effective because they tend to be high in both insoluble and soluble fiber. These are complex carbohydra... »
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If You have IBS, you have come to the right place..
The IBS information on this site has kept irritable bowel syndrome from ruining my life. It also contains information about IBS that others have used to greatly improve their lives, or even cure IBS symptoms. Maybe it can help you too!
How long did you have the bloating, diarrhea or constipation of IBS?
And how long before you got an IBS diagnosis?
Most people search for years before finding a name for it. Doctors run test after expensive test, until you start to lose hope of finding any relief.
But many people believe that a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a catch-all for “We can’t figure out what’s going on inside you.”
There are usually some vague recommendations about fiber and avoiding fatty foods, maybe a pamphlet with a little IBS information, and off you go.
Home. To the Bathroom.
I want you to know, that can change.
Living With IBS Doesn’t Have to Mean Misery.
There are plenty things you can do to help IBS symptoms. There are plenty of people that have even found ways to completely eliminate IBS symptoms. What they needed was good information about irritable bowel syndrome.
And there is plenty of IBS information out there.
Finding real help can be a challenge though. There are a lot of sites with all kinds of IBS information. Some sites are too technical, others are too jumbled.
Some are giant advertisements for a product.
“All you have to do is buy product X and your troubles are over.”
Unfortunately, solving this puzzle is a little more complicated than that.
BUT YOU CAN DO IT. The pages of this site have IBS information to help you.
A Lot of People Have IBS.
You’re not alone.
I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My wife has it. As many as 1 person out of 5 has IBS symptoms.
It took me a while to find out what was giving me so much abdominal pain and bloating, along with a host of other symptoms. I read the books and the latest research about causes of irritable bowel syndrome. I experimented with elimination diets and alternative therapies. I dug in seeking any IBS information out there that could help.
I put the pieces together over months and years, and finally got relief.
I put together this IBS information site, so that you can get some relief too.
So look around. And don’t give up!
FODMAP looks as though it must be a misspelling, especially since it’s linked to the word diet. In fact, it’s an acronym that describes certain carbohydrates in foods that can cause chronic gastrointestinal symptoms and make you miserable with gas, diarrhea or constipation. Correcting your diet, however, can make a big difference, especially for those who suffer from problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). What Are FODMAPs? FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (you can see why an acronym is used!). Here’s a bit about each term: Fermentable means a substance that is broken down or fermented by beneficial bacteria fo... »
Some people get sick when they eat certain kinds of sugar. Some people get sick when they eat too much of ANY kind of sugar. So… Is a sugar intolerance causing some of YOUR misery? What is sugar intolerance? Sugar intolerance can take many forms, from type 2 diabetes to hypoglycemia to bowel problems. Note that I’m not writing about genetic diseases here. Those are uncommon, and you’d probably know about them before you’d be reading this page. I’m talking about abuse to our bodies that turn into problems… Abuse that can be prevented to a large degree by changes in your diet. For people with IBS symptoms, a sugar intolerance can show up as diarrhea, ... »
Spoiler: Kettlebell swings DRAMATICALLY helped my IBS! I’ve been writing about IBS for years, and this exercise has helped my IBS more than almost anything else. Once I got rid of my IBS food triggers, I found some small things that helped, but NOTHING like what has happened since I started kettlebell swings. I went from loose stools and diarrhea, constipation and gas to having mostly regular bowel movements in less than 2 weeks! I don’t want to give you false hope here, but this is what happened to me. What are kettlebells and how does this exercise help IBS? A kettlebell looks kind of like a cannonball with a handle. The most commonly used one is cast iron. They originated in R... »
Have you been weaned yet?? I told my new gastroenterologist I had a milk sensitivity. He wasn’t surprised, but what he said surprised me. He told me just about everyone a problem with a dairy sensitivity sooner or later. I asked him why people should have so much trouble digesting milk, cheese, and other dairy products. I wanted to hear what he’d say. He told me that in nature, animals are weaned (stop nursing on their mothers) by the time they are adults, at the latest. Once the time for digesting milk products is over, the ability to digest them fades away. The body doesn’t waste the energy to keep that ability once the milk flow stops coming. In fact, he told me almost... »
Why you should spend money to buy bacteria. Studies have shown that intestinal probiotics, (often just called probiotics), can help IBS symptoms. The trouble is that many people buy probiotics that don’t contain the right bacteria for IBS. Okay, what are intestinal probiotics and why do I need them? “Probiotic” is a name for bacteria that your body needs (more below). Probiotic capsules are one way to get that bacteria. If you have IBS, there’s a good chance your intestinal bacteria might be out of whack (the technical term for that is dysbiosis). There are many ways this can happen, including a poor diet, illness, or the use of antibiotics. Once the residents of your... »
What the heck is SIBO and why is it ruining my life?! SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The reason why you should care is that bacterial overgrowth symptoms are virtually identical to IBS symptoms. Some people even list it as a cause of IBS. What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? Usually the small intestine (also called the small bowel) has a fairly low level of bacteria compared to the large intestine. The large intestine is a wonderland of bacteria, and that’s what it’s supposed to be. The small intestine should have much less, and the kinds of bacteria are not the same. The small intestine connects to the large intestine. If bacteria from the large... »
Your IBS may show up on a brain scan! For as long as I can remember, I’ve read that irritable bowel syndrome has no organic cause. I argued on one of the pages around here, that this was impossible. There had to be some kind of change or things would, be the same. I.e, no IBS. It turns out that science may have been looking in the wrong place. A study finds changes in brain structures. That’s right, they’ve actually found changes in the brains of people with IBS symptoms. Different parts of your brain do different jobs. The study names the different parts, but I’m going to spare you the long latin names I can’t pronounce. If you want that see the links below. In... »
How reading someone else’s story can make you feel better about your own. So you’re wondering if you’re all alone. This IBS thing must make you a freak right? WRONG. There are a lot of real people like you out there. People with IBS. Why read other peoples’ IBS stories? I’ve noticed that a lot of people come by my site to read the “My IBS Story” page. In fact it’s one of my top pages. That means there is a need for people who have IBS to feel like they’re not all alone. A need for people like you, to read about someone else that has your problems… People that have your IBS symptoms. So you can stop feeling like a freak. But if you... »
Can your brain cure IBS? Studies say yes. Studies by researchers at Department of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, UK have shown something amazing. They’ve been treating IBS with hypnosis with dramatic success. People with IBS were taught about bowel functions and then hypnotized during 12 hypnosis sessions. After completing the series many people were cured of IBS symptoms. According to studies published in the much respected “Lancet“, hypnosis can provide long lasting relief from IBS symptoms. What is hypnosis? First of all, don’t wig out :). Hypnosis is real, and it’s not strange or bizarre. It’s NOT what you see on stage shows. That... »