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Bladder & Bowel
Coping With IBS
- By: Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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I’ve seen a lot of people suffer from IBS in my life.
Relief always came down to eating more naturally; avoiding processed foods, increase fiber intake, reduce carbohydrates. Cooking more often than not. Crohn’s dieting was highly effective.
Of course, when you identify trigger foods, take those out of your food habits!
Also, light exercise helps tremendously. Only going for a light jog for 15min for 5 days a week was instrumental in achieving long lasting relief.
Does IBS ever go away? Not in my experience. But symptoms can be reduced to increase quality of life. I’ve found chiropractic adjustments to be helpful as well.
Best of health friends.
I used to have IBS. I tried all the things recommended and ultimately ran across a suggestion online. At this point I can’t remember the source. However it recommended using oatmeal, preferably as little processed as possible. I started eating steel cut oats daily as breakfast with fruit and yogurt. I’ve never used milk since dairy is one of my problems . Yogurt doesn’t seem to be an issue, maybe because it’s cultured. I still eat steel cut oats probably three times a week but I don’t have to eat it daily anymore.
I have IBS. I have been seeing an endocrinologist and having my hormones brought to the appropriate levels (specifically testosterone) for two years now. It has improved my IBS symptoms by 90%. Literally changed my life. I’m just throwing this out there for anyone who may want to explore the same avenue – it’s worth a conversation with your doctor.
Avoid highly processed foods, red meats trans fats, glutens, high sugar and high sodium foods.
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