Living With IBS? Here’s What You Should Know
Posted on July 15, 2018 by Family Physicians in Trinity
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an increasingly common diagnosis for symptoms that affect the large intestine and cause digestive discomfort. If you regularly experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation, you may feel like your gut health is out of your control.
But it isn’t! By understanding the functions of your digestive system and making strategic changes to your eating habits, you can overcome your IBS diagnosis and liberate yourself from your symptoms.
Your Health Starts and Ends in the Gut
Many people don’t realize that a full 80 percent of the body’s immune system is located in the gut. Anything that compromises the gastrointestinal tract also has an enormous impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
If you suffer from headaches, asthma, food allergies, chronic sinusitis, migraines, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis, it is possible that improving your gut health will actually minimize or even eliminate your health problems! The most powerful weapon you have to heal your gut is very simple: your diet.
Change How You Eat, Change Your Gut Heath
There are a number of simple steps that you can take to improve your gut function. The ultimate goal is to increase the “good” bacteria that are responsible for digesting food and absorbing nutrients, while killing bad bacteria that threaten your health.
First and foremost, limit the amount of sugar and processed foods that you eat. The more refined sugar that you put into your body, the more power that bad bacteria can gain. When bad bacteria becomes too powerful, it has a negative impact on the gut microbiome and triggers negative health consequences throughout the body. Replace processed foods with more vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and dairy.
In addition, add a prebiotic and probiotic supplement into your regular routine. Prebiotics encourage probiotics to grow and multiply in your gut, which is important since probiotics support the healthy bacteria that help the gut thrive. Probiotic-rich food choices like kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, natural yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can also help!
For more help adjusting your eating habits and recalibrating your digestive system to escape your symptoms, call Trinity Family Physicians today to make an appointment.