Controlling IBS - a condition that can only be managed when you understand the reasons behind your symptoms.
It can be daunting...
Trying to control your IBS symptoms is not an easy task. In fact, it is highly difficult to manage IBS and often requires a change in your lifestyle.
Many IBS patients have problems with their bowel movements, either occurring too slow, too quick or an alternation of the two. Now once you understand what is causing this, you can then incorporate lifestyle changes to provide symptom relief.
Know the Symptoms
The Known IBS Symptoms section of this site covers all of the common symptoms with IBS and helps you to understand not only the reason of your symptoms but how to reverse those problems so you never have to encounter them again. Of course, it does take time and patience for the symptoms to subside.
A Staged Approach
When attempting to control your IBS symptoms, try to focus on the most problematic symptoms first and then the next in priority only after the most significant symptom has been reversed to the point of satisfaction.
As you work in a controlled manner, it helps you to gauge the improvement that you are expecting and thus trying to achieve. This way, you know when you have achieved your first goal and then you can focus on the very next one. Write down the symptoms that you are experiencing and order them from most important to least important.
Ensure each symptom is described in detail so that you know your symptoms have improved if you no longer experience them. With IBS, many symptoms often exists and being able to track them down on paper, helps a great deal with future reflections on your health.
Mark off each symptom as it is reversed. If you are on the right path, your symptoms should either have subsided to become less distracting or completely eliminated as each quarter of the year passes.
Relax the Mind
Throughout the treatment and remedy stages however, it is important to keep your mind at ease and avoid any stressful situations. This will allow your gut to recover more quickly as the mind and gut are closely linked. Stress often causes your intestines to contract irregularly, particularly in those with IBS.
Be attentive to your body but do not be discouraged by your symptoms. Your immune system can be affected by how you think on a daily basis. Although IBS is a very tough ailment to deal with, thinking positive will not only help in controlling IBS but also in how effective your immune system runs. An effective immune system can easily quadruple the speed of IBS recovery, healing itself, with the inclusion of your help on a daily basis.
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