IBS and Peristalsis

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IBS and Peristalsis – the contractions of your intestines are irregular.

Understanding Peristalsis

Everyone has intestinal muscle contractions in order to help move food along. With IBS patients however, the wavelike contractions may occur too quickly or too slowly. When this happens, it is called peristalsis, where the contractions or relaxation occurs involuntarily, causing you problems.

Too Fast or Slow

If the contractions are too quick, this results in diarrhea. Whereas if the contractions are too slow, it would result in constipation. You want to aim for a bowel that moves regularly, so that no peristalsis occurs. Finding this happy balance however, requires the help of its host, which means you!

Disadvantages of Irregular Movement

If the peristalsis is too fast however, this can result in alot of gas in the intestines, bloating and pain.

If the contractions are too slow, the stools can sit in the colon and toxins can be absorbed back into the body. Additionally, slow contractions can result in intestinal pain and hemorrhoids.

There are disadvantages with both situations and each side will say that they would rather be on the opposite end of the peristalsis spectrum, but the truth of the matter is, you do not want either.

IBS and Peristalsis

Tips Provided

With a few tips, you can start to ensure a coordinated movement of your intestines to move the food along its way.

For those experiencing diarrhea problems, review the information provided here. For others who are having problems with constipation, it would be worth your time reading over the information located here.

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