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IBS Treatment

IBS Treatment

When food enters the intestines, the enteric nervous system (ENS) and the central nervous system (CNS) coordinate the actions of the intestinal muscles. These systems work together to make sure the muscle movements push food in the right direction. However, those two nervous systems do not always work properly.

Sometimes, oddly enough, the intestinal muscles push food in the wrong direction. Sometimes these muscles push food through the digestive tract with such force the body doesn’t have time to absorb all the nutrients. Such unwanted muscle movement can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Are Medications Best for IBS Symptoms?

Because the symptoms of IBS vary from person to person, there is no standard form of IBS treatment. Suppose, for example, a physician has a patient with chronic diarrhea. The physician may consider IBS as a cause for the errant digestive performance. As such, an effective IBS treatment would be desirable, even though most methods can treat only one or more symptoms of the actual condition. Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications can treat at least one symptom of IBS, but nothing yet has been discovered than can treat them all without serious side effects. Moreover, no true “cure” presently exists for IBS.

Some patients respond well to an OTC medication, while yet others may feel these drugs do not warrant the inherent risk of unwanted side effects. Some patients experience bloating, abdominal pains, or embarrassing gas with many of these drugs. In this case, the OTC medication has not demonstrated the ability to work as an effective IBS treatment. Unfortunately, the above example illustrates a situation with which IBS sufferers are all too familiar. This explains why many so many people with these symptoms are seeking a natural IBS treatment—why take something that’s worse than the disease?

Natural IBS Treatment – A Better Choice

Because IBS can present such a wide range of symptoms, what may work for one person may not work for someone else. So how does an IBS patient go about choosing a natural treatment? It’s always best to select the IBS treatment that allows you to manage your symptoms with the lowest amount of negative impact on your life.

A patient who wants relief from constipation might try taking Vitamin C and magnesium because those nutrients show some efficacy for helping to motivate intestinal muscles. Organic minerals and vitamins would certainly qualify as a natural treatment for certain types of IBS symptoms, yet they probably won’t be of much use to someone needing relief from chronic diarrhea.

If you want to look beyond the drugstore shelf for diarrhea relief, you might try taking L-Glutamine supplements. Daily use of this amino acid is purported to increase the ability of the intestinal lining to absorb water during digestion. Increased water absorption can help “solidify” waste material into a normal bowel movement so the annoyance of diarrhea can be avoided.

A natural IBS treatment can also involve nothing more complicated than improving your dietary habits. Avoiding acidic and high fat foods seems to help in this respect. You should especially avoid eating foods containing chocolate, peppermint, or spearmint as these provide slight stimulatory effects in the colon. It takes time to discover your unique food triggers—the items that seem to set off an IBS attack or result in problems like diarrhea or constipation. This is why you should also not take medications that seem to fix one problem while causing others. The best strategy is to learn to listen to your body and respond to what works best for you, not for some greedy pharmaceutical company.

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