Who am I?
My story’s not important. I’ve lived with IBS since late 2011 and after months of pain and no help from the medicinal world I took the future into my own hands. My sporadic research has led me to knowledge every person with IBS ought to know. This quick run-through should help anyone, new or old to the topic, on their quest to health. I am NOT a health professional. The idea here is to give you all the information 1,5 – 3 years of research on the internet will give you.
You have IBS – here’s the menu
I won’t lie. If you have IBS you’re in for a horrible treat. The menu looks like this:
Confusion about what’s happening. No examinations or tests show anything and your doctors can’t help. (Obviously you’ve been tested for Colitis, Chron’s, ulcers, kidney stones, allergies, cancer, liver problems etc.)
Hopelessness because you don’t know what to do.
Hope when you DO find something to do.
Disbelief and provocation from people around you because you don’t eat like them (if you do, stop immediately)
Pain, physical and mental, because life sucks and then you –
The basics of IBS – The four reasons you might have it.
On a brighter note: to fix something you must understand it. There are probably one or more of four reasons why you have IBS.
1: Food sensitivities.
Many people won’t test positive on any allergies but are still sensitive to certain foods. They may be capable of eating a bit of it but not in the amounts (or mixes) that they’re served. For these people, cutting out the bad foods helps tremendously. (We’ll get to this later)
2: Stress/anxiety/depression induced IBS
It’s the eternal question of the chicken and the egg. Do you have depression because you’re in chronic pain, or is the pain created by your depression? No doubt it goes both ways, but it’s a lie that most people who have IBS have it for stress or anxiety reasons. Most people GET depressed once they’ve lived with IBS for a few years. However, a great deal of people do have anxiety-related IBS, so it’s worth looking into.
3: Damaged gut lining
I mentioned stomach ulcers. Ulcers are basically damaged surface of the gut or intestines and when you eat, some molecules get absorbed into the bloodstream through these damaged surfaces. This causes your immune system to react and attack – causing an allergic reaction.
4: Damaged gut bacteria
There are more bacterial cells on and in the human body than there are human cells. Your gut biome is endlessly important for your well-being and if you’ve had antibiotics even once you may have damaged them for good. You may have killed enough good bacteria that they can’t make a comeback and as a result the bad bacteria take over, causing all kinds of havoc.
How do you start?
The following is a bunch of basic stuff you’ll hear if you hang around the internet for long enough. These are the first things they’ll recommend you and as a result you get tired of hearing them. That’s why I made this list! If anything’s missing on it, I hope you, dear reader who is more informed than me, will write it in the comments Now everyone can link to this list and we can be like “good, done, we all know this now? Let’s move on to bigger and better things.” Continue reading