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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - How To Avert It?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - How To Avert It?

Patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome experience severe abdominal pain, abdominal bloating along with cramping, gas, constipation and a constant urge to go to the toilet again and again. IBS is a health disorder where the large intestine or the colon is affected. This condition is a chronic one and requires long-term management. The symptoms are usually worse after eating and tend to occur in episodes. Although the disorder cannot be reversed, several symptoms can be managed or controlled by making lifestyle and dietary modifications. Most patients with IBS will experience flare-ups that last for a few days. For others, medical treatment is required.

Treatment and Care

Different procedures are used to treat IBS, which depend from person to person. However, one single treatment does not work with everyone.

Lifestyle and Dietary changes:

By making several basic modifications to your regular diet and activities, IBS improves with time. Here are some tips:

  1. You should avoid caffeine in any form such as coffee, tea or soda.
  2. You should increase the amount of fiber in your diet and include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts.
  3. You must drink three to four glasses of water regularly.
  4. Smoking should be abstained from.
  5. You must undertake relaxation techniques and work out in order to reduce stress.
  6. Your amount of dairy product consumption must be reduced. 
  7. You should eat frequent, small meals instead of fewer large meals.
  8. The most common food triggers, which lead to IBS are green onions, red wine, milk and red peppers. You should not consume these products.
  9. You should keep a record of the types of food you consume so that you can identify the IBS triggering food items.
  10. You should eliminate high gas producing food items from your diet. Food items which may result in passing excess amount of gas such as carbonated vegetables and vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower should not be consumed. 

Medications:

Several medicines are used to treat IBS. These include the following:

  1. Antispasmodics are used to control muscle spasms in the large intestine.
  2. Antidiarrhoeal medicines are used to control the symptoms of diarrhoea.
  3. Laxatives are prescribed for relief from constipation.
  4. Bulking agents like wheat bran and corn fibers are used to slow down the food movement through the digestive system. They also relieve symptoms.
  5. Antidepressants are also used in case of some patients with IBS for relief.
  6. In patients, whose symptoms occur due to bacterial overgrowth in the intestines, certain antibiotics may be used for treatment.

There are several triggers of IBS, which must be identified and treatment should be undertaken after that. For the proper identification and best treatment of IBS which suits your symptoms, it is essential you consult a gastroenterologist. Alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture, using certain herbs and probiotics can also be followed.

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Abdominal Disorders - Can Ayurveda Tackle Them?

Abdominal Disorders - Can Ayurveda Tackle Them?

If you start sneezing, you know there’s something wrong with your nose. However, if your stomach hurts, there could be a number of factors behind it. The trouble could lie with your stomach, small intestine, large intestine, spleen, liver, etc. The good news is that most of these conditions are fairly easy to resolve. With Ayurveda, you can use things in your kitchen to treat your pain and get immediate relief. Five of the most common abdominal disorders and ways to treat them with Ayurveda are:

  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: If you find yourself complaining of nausea, stomach aches, chronic diarrhea or constipation and headaches, you could be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by a buildup of toxins in the body. A simple remedy for this problem is to have a teaspoon of psyllium husk with half a cup of yoghurt after dinner.
  2. Acid Reflux: Acid reflux or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is said to be caused by a dominance of the pitta dosha. Common symptoms of this condition include pain while swallowing and heart burn. To prevent this condition and treat it, you must limit your consumption of alcohol, caffeinated drinks and processed foods. A teaspoon of equal quantities of powdered rock candy, green cardamom and fennel with a glass of cold milk can be a very effective cure.
  3. Food Intolerance: In the case of food intolerances, the ama or toxins in the body can accumulate in the digestive system and keep certain types of foods from being broken down. This, in turn, creates a gas inside the intestines and weakens bowel movement. Many of these allergies can be prevented simply by living a healthier lifestyle. Yoga asanas can also be very helpful.
  4. Constipation: When undigested food accumulates in the digestive system, the vata dosha is impaired. This creates an obstruction and keeps bowel movements from being smooth and regular. To treat this condition, you should eat plenty of fiber rich foods and drink lots of water. Having a tablespoon of castor oil before going to bed can help facilitate bowel movements.
  5. Stomach Ulcers: Ulcers in the stomach refer to eruptions or lesions on the inner lining of the stomach walls. These are typically caused by stress, an unhealthy diet and a bad lifestyle. In most cases, people with elevated vata doshas suffer the most from stomach ulcers. Ayurvedic home remedies for this condition include licorice tea, probiotics, garlic boiled in milk and water and honey.

I weigh 35 kgs and my height is 5'6.(20 years old) I have a gi problems. Are the gi problems stopping from gaining weight? Or else is this just normal?

I weigh 35 kgs and my height is 5'6.(20 years old)
I have a gi problems. Are the gi problems stopping from gaining we...
No, your weight is less for your height. You have not mentioned what gi problem are you having. Follow this 1. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning (within 10 mins of waking up). No only biscuits or rusk will not do. 2. Don't overeat 3. Take your breakfast every day. Don't skip it. You should eat whatever your mother or grandparent eat-in bfast. I mean to say whatever is your traditional food. If Punjabi eat paratha, if belongs to the south then take idli/ dosa etc. 4. Have light meals every 2 hours (in addition to your breakfast, lunch n dinner) e.g. Nariyal paani, chaach, a handful of dry fruits, a handful of peanuts, any fresh n seasonal fruit (eat whole fruit not juice), a cup of curd/milk etc 5. Take simple food like rice n dal in dinner. Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before going to sleep. 6. Maintain active life style7. Avoid fast foods, spicy n fried foods, carbonated beverages 8. Take a lot of green vegetables n fruit. 9. Drink lot of water.10. Everyday preferably sleep on same time exercise in the form of yoga, cycling, swimming, gym etc. For more details, you can consult me.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know Reasons Behind It!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know Reasons Behind It!

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the large intestine. It may cause abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. The condition is not life-threatening in nature and does not make you susceptible to colon disorders such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer, however, symptoms of IBS may act as deterrents in leading a normal life.

Symptoms

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are - 

1. You may experience symptoms of constipation
2. Frequent episodes of diarrhea
3. Abdominal cramps especially on the lower part of the abdomen
4. Constant bloating
5. Abnormal stool structure 
6. Your belly might stick out 
In some cases, you may experience sexual problems and urinary problems. In addition, if you also suffer from stress-related disorders then it might aggravate the symptoms.

Causes

The primary cause is that the colon becomes very sensitive such that small stimulation may cause it to react. When the food passes through the colon, it tends to contract strongly and leads to complications such as bloating and constipation. It may also lead to weak contractions of the colon which leads to the hardened stool.
There are certain things which may symptoms of IBS, they are -

1. Stress
Any type of stress tends to aggravate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Foods
Certain foods such as chocolate, spices, cabbage, milk and carbonated beverages may trigger symptoms of IBS.

3. Hormones
Hormonal changes such as the ones during menstrual cycles may aggravate symptoms of IBS. 

4. Illnesses
Various illnesses such as diarrhea or conditions such as overproduction of bacteria in the intestines may lead to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Women are more likely to be affected by symptoms of IBS as are people who are below 45 years of age. If someone in your family has irritable bowel syndrome, then you are also likely to develop this disorder. It may also aggravate symptoms of hemorrhoids, along with aggravating symptoms of stress.

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Hi, I am suffering from ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), my doctor has prescribed me econorm probiotic capsule. I just want to know should I take the probiotic capsule before food or after food?

Hi, I am suffering from ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), my doctor has prescribed me econorm probiotic capsule. I just...
You can take it anytime. will not really change the perspective. But then taking in empty stomach may affect the pharmacodynamics and kinetics better.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Ayurvedic Approach!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Know The Ayurvedic Approach!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is also referred to as an irritable colon that causes a great amount of distress to patients. In Ayurveda, this problem has been known to be the result of irregular diet habits & unhealthy lifestyle. Ayurveda adopts a scientific method to go to the root of the problems, through proper diet, lifestyle maintenance and practicing yoga on a daily basis.

Nowadays, our lifestyle has become devoid of physical activities and filled with stress, hence all these add to the problem even further. Disorders of Gastro-intestine tend to make up close to 65% of the clinical cases and the symptoms are associated with both body and mind. 
 

Causes of Gastrointestinal Problems According to Ayurveda

Physical Causes:

  • Consumption of food during indigestion
  • Inconsistent and irregular meal timings
  • Taking food even when one is not hungry
  • Intake of foods which have contradictory effects on our bodies, like fish & milk, fruits & milk etc.
  • Late night eating habits
  • Consuming water in excess amount i.e. beyond needed
  • Eating in an extremely hurried manner
  • Keeping fast for long periods of time
  • Regularly consuming foods which are heavy to digest
  • Intake of foods that have become stale or have remained inside the refrigerator on a regular basis.
  • Taking oily, spicy, fermented and preserved food on a regular basis.
  • Intake of beverages like tea and coffee in excess amount.
  • The habit of going off to sleep immediately after meals.
  • Having the tendency to consume excess of non-veg food and also of smoking and drinking.
  • To hold up one’s natural urges in the form of urine, passing of bowels, vomiting etc & instead consume food
  • Physical and mental stress.
  • Keeping oneself awake till late at night and disturbed sleep.
  • Sedentary lifestyle & lack of hygienic food / water

Mental Causes

Symptoms
The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include:

  • Constipation and diarrhea in alteration, as a result of a change in bowel habits
  • A cramped feeling in the abdomen, which gets relieved after emptying the bowels
  • Abdomen gets swollen
  • Mucus in the stool.
  • Excessive gas formation
  • There is always an urgent need to go to the toilet
  • A feeling as if you need to pass bowels even when you have just gone to the toilet.
  • There is a feeling that the bowel has not been fully emptied.

Symptoms Related to Even More Serious Situation

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Pain in the abdomen mainly during the night
  • Loss of weight. 
  • Fever
  • Chronic Diarrhoea
  • Feeling as if there is mass or fullness in the lower, right side of the abdomen
  • Bloated stomach and cramps.

 The approach of Ayurveda towards IBS

Ayurveda has a preventive, curative & corrective approach 

 to provide complete physical & mental health care and prevent complications of IBS. It aims at:

  • Restoring the normal functions of the digestive system
  • Eliminating the toxins that have accumulated in the body & improving appetite & bowel functions
  • Regeneration of the Gastrointestinal system & prevent inflammation.
  • Healing of the physical & mental self-causing improvement in the related symptoms like anxiety, pain, discomfort & lack of focus etc.

Rasayana Treatment for IBS
Rasayana refers to the formulations used for treatment with benefits like:

  • The blood circulation of GI tract gets improved
  • Cells get rejuvenated
  • Secretion of digestive juices is caused that helps to improve appetite and digestion.
  • Immunity of Gastrointestinal tract is increased, which helps to prevent diseases from affecting it.
  • It helps to guard against complications and recurrence of the disease in the future.


Management of Lifestyle:
Lifestyle can be managed through Ayurveda in the following manner:

  • Consume only freshly cooked and light food
  • Take food only when you feel hungry 
  • Have fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.

One’s daily food items must-haves like Jowar, Bittergourd, Moongdal, Pumpkin, Pomegranate, Gooseberry, Pudina, Turmeric, Coriander, Cumin seeds, Hing, Coconut, Rock Salt, Cow Ghee, Cow Milk, Fresh Buttermilk. All these help to prevent diseases from affecting the Gastro-intestine. 

Other tips 

  • Make sure to drink lukewarm water boiled with little ajwain & a pinch of dry ginger powder after each meals as it helps in the proper digestion of food.
  • Take a walk for 10 -15 mins after each meal
  • Regular exercise is a must for at least half an hour
  • Practice Yoga like Shavasana, Matsyasana, Dhanurasana, Halasana, Pavanmuktasana and Suryanamaskar for relief from problems of IBS and constipation.
  • Improve overall health of Gastro-Intestine by doing Ardhamatsyendrasana, Mayurasana, Trikonasana, Dhanurasana, Bhuajangasana, Halasana and Usthrasana.

Things that you need to avoid

  • Avoid having very hot and spicy food
  • Do not drink excess tea or coffee
  • Do not indulge in physical or mental stress
  • Do not keep a negative approach
  • Do not drink excess water in the morning
  • Completely avoid a lifestyle where there is no activity involved or it is irregular in nature.
  • The habit of smoking and consumption of alcohol must be avoided.
  • Sleeping in the afternoon especially post meals must be avoided, so is staying awake till late at night.

Other than these health basic tips it is important that you must consult a trained Ayurvedic practitioner at the first signs of the problem. 

Ayurveda takes into account the complete body constitution along with the potential to get to the root cause of all these types of diseases and treat them once and for all, instead of only giving treatment on the basis of symptoms, as it is a holistic form of treatment. Personalized medicine is our potential which helps to treat chronic conditions.

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Hi, I am suffering from ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), my doctor has prescribed me econorm probiotic capsule. I just want to know should I take the probiotic capsule before food or after food?

Hi, I am suffering from ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), my doctor has prescribed me econorm probiotic capsule. I just...
Before food... Also start taking bilagyl(sandu) 1 tsf twice a day empty stomach regularly till symptoms subside.
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Hi, I have irritable bowel syndrome and my doctor have suggested econorm probiotic capsule, I just want to know should I take the capsule before food or after food?

Hi, I have irritable bowel syndrome and my doctor have suggested econorm probiotic capsule, I just want to know shoul...
Before food.. Also start taking bilagyl(sandu) 2 tsf twice a day empty stomach till symptoms subside.
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