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When many people think about their dietary health, they tend to associate making good nutritional food choices with managing weight, maintaining energy levels, staying physically fit and cleansing twice a year. By ingesting a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, individuals can work to meet their basic health needs. However, there are other factors to consider when focusing on food and nutrition.

A diet that includes an excessive amount of fried, greasy food that is high in sodium and fat can place additional stress on the body while denying it key nutrients. Over time, such poor food choices coupled with environmental stress can wreak havoc on the digestive system, leading to uncomfortable complications. One such condition is known as irritable bowel syndrome. If you believe you may be experiencing digestive problems, learning about irritable bowel syndrome may be able to help you overcome the issue.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

According to WebMD, irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that can develop in the intestinal tract and last for an extended amount of time. Depending on the person affected by the digestive issue, pain may be mild or severe, and it can fluctuate at varying levels on different days.

Individuals living with this condition may experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms plaguing their digestive system, such as stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas buildup and muscle cramps. Though these effects usually do not lead to more severe complications with the digestive system, they can last for days, weeks or even months.

While many people do not experience irritable bowel symptoms strong enough to cause major concern about their health, others may have a more powerful form of the condition. The main factors individuals with irritable bowel syndrome experience are diarrhea and constipation. These symptoms can shift back and forth on varying days. Many people also report a sensation like they have not fully evacuated their bowels after using the bathroom.

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

The Mayo Clinic reports that irritable bowel syndrome is often the result of disrupted movements of the intestinal muscles when processing digested food. Irregularities with contractions of the intestinal wall designed to transport food can lead to symptoms closely associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Overly powerful contractions may trigger diarrhea, while slowed contractions may result in constipation.

While healthcare researchers understand the intestinal difficulties linked to irritable bowel syndrome, they are not 100-percent clear on why these issues develop in the first place. Identifying a root cause is further complicated by the fact that different people tend to experience irritable bowel syndrome in different ways.

Some of the most likely factors behind the digestive condition include fluctuations in average amounts of serotonin in the brain, as this neurotransmitter is partially responsible for regulating functions in the stomach, intestine and colon. Issues with digestive enzymes and bacteria may also be to blame for irritable bowel syndrome.

Another potential reason for developing this digestive health condition is poor dietary choices. Individuals who respond badly to dairy products, certain fruits and vegetables, soda, chocolate or alcoholic beverages may inadvertently kick start irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Similarly, food allergies can also play a part in stomach discomfort.

High levels of anxiety and stress can also trigger irritable bowel syndrome, though stress is not a known root cause of the disorder. People living with the condition may find their symptoms flare up during extremely busy periods, and women may experience signs of the condition prior to their menstrual period.

How can irritable bowel syndrome be treated?

While many cases of irritable bowel syndrome may be barely noticeable for individuals, others may need to make a few significant changes in their daily routines to overcome uncomfortable symptoms, reports the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Though there is no known cure for the disorder, shifts in diet and exercise can make a difference.

For instance, eliminating trigger foods like milk, cheese, caffeinated soda, candy and fatty proteins can reduce the likelihood that irritable bowel syndrome may flare up. Those who experience regular constipation as a result of the disorder may want to consider incorporating more dietary fiber into their meals, as this can make bowel movements more manageable.

Similarly, carbohydrate-rich foods like cereal, pasta and whole-grain breads may also help with digestion. All in all, a well-rounded diet that avoids trigger foods can be a key to dealing with irritable bowel syndrome. Keeping portions small can also reduce the chance of bloating or gas.

If you're interested in improving the health of your stomach and intestinal tract, you may want to consider an alternative form of treatment as well. Using a DR-HO'S® Digestive Cleanse or other DR-HO'S® Digestive Product can be a great way to cleanse your body of toxins and harmful substances that may be contributing to your digestive difficulties. These all natural products are also designed to help retrain the body for healthy regularity to help you improve your digestive health. 


View Dr-HO's Digestion page to learn more about digestive health.

  • Meredith Boatwright

    March 5, 2016 at 8:31 am
    I have been looking for a way to handle this problem. I am relieved that you have something that might help me with IBS. I can't eat tomatoes, even pasta sauce , orange juice, certain fruits and vegetables that I love like green peas, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.! I have only been suffering with constipation for about 25 years or so, and I don't have diahrea as much as I used to. I've been working hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime because I was over 200 pounds these past two years and I couldn't find it within myself to have any energy so I said to myself, "If something doesn't change soon, you'll soon become diabetic, which would be disastrous!" Since then, I've cut out what were the main problems of my life, including too much dairy products, fast food, chocolate, certain types of fruits and, certain carbohydrates, bread, pasta, juices, and so forth. The only thing that is still making me feel sick is horrible bouts of post nasal drip. It gets so bad sometimes that I feel bloated, gassy, and just plain lousy! I feel severely nauseated and hot and cold at the same time! I have tried taking anti nausea medicines, but the one that was recently diagnosed for me was because I had a bad stomach bug, virus, flu, whatever you want to call it! My temperature keeps fluctuating between 99 and 100 on a regular basis these past 1 and a half months l I have had so many sleepless nights, that when I wake up, I just want to stay in my bed for the rest of the day and just get some sleep! I get grumpy and tired and sick with any symptoms that might prevent me from being able to do what I have to do! I usually feel a little bit better when I exercise, dance, drive my car, only on a trial basis, take a shower, , and so on! The only time I feel sick is when I am in my bed, the post nasal drip interferes with my sleep habits and I have been suffering with chronic fatigue and insomnia, too! I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and also Thyroid disease this past year and I am now having to wear dentures, too, and I am not even 49 years old yet! I am seeking employment, but I can't work out in the community just yet, but I am going to have a 30 day trial work assessment at Sunshine Industries starting on April 1st, which is also my 49th birthday this year! I need to find something to help me out because the pains that keep me somewhat physically challenged are not going to get any better unless a solution can be found in the next few weeks or I won't be able to work ever again!
    • DR-HO'S

      March 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm
      Hi Meredith,

      It sounds that you are on the right track by altering your diet and figuring what works for your body and what doesn't. That is something that many of us find extremely hard to do but kudos to you for taking those first steps to improve your health. The bulk of our immune system is located within our digestive tract so it's very important to that we're careful about what we put in our bodies. I'm not sure if you have tried our Digestive Cleanse yet but if you haven't then I highly recommend that you do. It's a great first step in cleaning out your digestive system so that the changes you make to your diet will be more effective. Many customers find that a good cleanse can help to reset the digestive system to operate optimally from improving bowel movements, booting energy, and also getting rid of unhealthy cravings. It sounds like you're on the right track so keep it up!

      Best of Health & Happiness!

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