I have suffered through IBS my entire life. At times it has been so debilitating that I didn't know if I was going to die from 'symptoms' or ever be able to eat normally again. I've been able to eat cheese and drink milk, enjoy eggs for a few months at a time, and every time it happens I feel like maybe this time I'll be okay - once and for all.
Then it hits me. Hard. I can't leave the house and it affects every aspect of my life from mental to physical health.
Can you relate at all?
Here are some of the symptoms you may have if you have IBS:
Constipation ( or both 1 & 2)
While symptom #1 is the most common indicator of IBS - this isn't just once friends, it happens often. Regularly. Too much sometimes.
Have you experienced any of the above symptoms?
Fortunately, we live in a world now where we have access to so much information, loads of scientific trials and research and some amazing diets and digestive supports that I'd like to share with you because my friend, I know what it's like to suffer through IBS and I hope you find a way to manage and thrive!
Thrive Tip #1: Low FODMAP diet. This is the single BEST way to eat if you have IBS.
FODMAP stands for: "Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, And Polyols". They are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. These pesky carbs are known to disrupt and challenge your digestive system, bloating you, giving you gas and hours or days of pain. It's a systematic diet that helps identify triggers and allows you to figure out what you can and can not eat so you can finally breathe and feel better!
Thrive Tip #2: Once you have a handle on the food you can and cannot eat ( and please be patient, it's a process) you can start to sew in more fantastic thriving tips like my all-time fav: Can-Prev's " Fibre Feel" powder. It helps stimulate a healthy digestive system, is super gentle on the intestines, and helps provide you with fibre that your body needs, but in an easy-to-digest way. It may take a few days or weeks to 'kick in' but once it does ( and make sure you drink enough water) you'll begin to feel a little more balanced and normal.
Thrive Tip #3: Water. Water. Water. I absolutely LOVE drinking water with True Lemon water powder. My newest fav is their yummy Strawberry flav. SO good. Ingredients are simple and natural: Citric Acid, Lemon Juice and Lemon oil. Like all True Citrus products, True Lemon is made from simple and clean ingredients, has no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, is Non-GMO and is sodium and gluten-free. So far, my stomach is loving it and it helps me drink loads of H20.
Thrive Tip #4: Stress plays a big fat factor in digestive health. They say your stomach is the second brain and man are "they" every right. There are so much research and scientific -medical evidence that suggests that the brain-gut connection is so fierce that when things are upset, or you have stress ? The digestion system just doesn't like it and gets completely frazzled. Then there's the Vagus Nerve - the information highway from the brain to the gut. It sends signals back and forth and when there is stress ( Amygdala - a gland in the brain responsible for stress/fight or flight) the signals fly to the stomach like fireworks, telling it to feel explosive. Eliminate stress wherever you can . Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Walks, Nature, Spa, Bath, anything healthy and zen - do it.
Thrive Tip #5: Get a team of pro's on your side. From your personal trainer to your ND, MD, Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, etc. Get them all on board. Talk to them, get advice and don't ever give up. Your team of professionals are a buffet of knowledge for you to enjoy and I would chat with them every chance I get so that I feel supported, safe and sane!