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Here are some new ways you can combat IBS


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IBS can be an exhausting condition to live with: it’s complicated and messy (literally) and there’s no test for it. It’s often after other conditions have been ruled out that it’s diagnosed.

There aren’t any cures and the symptoms might never fully go away, but there are plenty of ways you can improve your life and not be controlled by it.

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There are four alternative ways you could help combat your symptoms:


  1. Hypnotherapy – there’s strong evidence to suggest that our gut and brains are linked - for example, you may feel sick or need to rush to the toilet when you’re nervous. Therefore, it’s entirely possible to attempt to control parts of our digestive system. Additionally, hypnosis can help lessen anxiety and stress, which in turn may reduce stomach cramping. An added bonus is that as hypnotherapy is not a medication and therefore has no side effects! Just maybe watch out that you don’t disappear in to the sunken place from Get Out

  1. Oral intestinal adsorbents – if you’ve ever taken diarrheal medication then you know it’s not much fun. You typically need to take more than one tablet and it can literally flip your bowels in the other direction. Oral intestinal adsorbents work by binding bacterial toxins, immune proteins, fat molecules and bile acids, which may contribute to IBS. These substances are then removed from the body with the stool, effectively alleviating symptoms of IBS flare-ups, and reducing stool frequency and duration of diarrhoea. You can also try Enterosgel for free in a clinical trial as there are many running across the country.

  1. Gentle exercise – A 2015 pilot study looked at the effects on people with IBS enrolled in twice-weekly Iyengar yoga classes versus regular walking. Those doing yoga reported significant decreases in symptom severity, gut sensitivity and anxiety. So no, you don’t need to run a marathon every week, just a nice chill walk would suffice - or maybe join a yoga club at your university.

  1. Gut bugs and carbohydrates – So maybe you’ve tried changing your diet and lifestyle and still haven’t really seen much change? “IBS symptoms can be caused by the way the bacteria in your bowel interacts with the things you eat,’ says Dr Anthony Hobson, Clinical Director of The Functional Gut Clinic in London. Hydrogen and methane breath testing can be used to assess how well you digest certain sugars and if your gut bacteria has moved into the small bowel. This is known as SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), this can cause IBS symptoms and stop dietary changes from working, fortunately, a course of antibiotics can treat it.

To improve IBS you don’t need to completely overhaul your entire life - small and simple changes could really help. Definitely consult your GP before changing anything and keep in contact, perhaps through telephone consultations, to ensure they’re up to date with how you’re getting on.

If you are suffering from IBS or would like to find out more about symptoms, visit your local GP or the NHS website

Information courtesy of Excellart. 

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