Irritable colon (bowel) syndrome is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that, according to studies, affects about 25% of the world’s population, regardless of age, the most affected being women.
Chronic fatigue, anxiety or depression, headaches or sleep disturbances – these are just some of the symptoms, to which can be added abdominal cramps, accompanied by disturbances of bowel movements ranging from diarrhea to constipation. Only a small number of people with this syndrome have drastic problems, and the discomfort can be kept under control by a healthy lifestyle, adopting a proper diet and free stress. Fortunately, even if you already suffer from severe symptoms, they can be treated with medication and guidance.
Why does irritable colon syndrome occur? Causes
To this day, there are no clear causes of irritable bowel syndrome, but experts believe that several health problems or external factors may be behind the condition.
Most gastrointestinal illnesses are caused by problems with the way the brain and stomach communicate with each other, such as an imbalance in the brain-gut axis, which influences the way the body functions. For example, food may pass through the digestive tract too slowly or too quickly in some people diagnosed with irritable colon, altering colon movements. Also, when the stomach has a typical amount of gas or faeces, some people with this syndrome may experience pain.
However, there are a number of risk factors that can lead to irritable colon:
- Improper diet high in fructose, lactose, fructo-oligosaccharides, xylitol, sorbitol;
- Sedentary lifestyle;
- Hormonal fluctuations;
- Medications, especially antibiotics that affect intestinal flora, antacids or laxatives.
What do you feel when you suffer from irritable bowel? Symptoms
The symptoms of an irritable bowel vary from person to person and can be more severe in some people than others. Sometimes, after eating certain meals or during stressful times, symptoms can get worse.
The most common ways irritable bowel makes its presence felt are:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- The onset of diarrhea, constipation or occasionally both bloating and flatulence.
There may also be other, less typical symptoms, such as lethargy and heartburn.
Irritable colon syndrome can also have a significant impact on your daily life and, as a result, you may develop anxiety and stress.
What should you eat when you suffer from irritable bowel?
To keep severe symptoms away, it’s good to eat a balanced diet, with foods low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols being recommended. Although you may tend to think you’re eating healthily when you consume things like fruit, vegetables and certain cereals, you should know that some can lead to irritable bowel syndrome. Here’s what kind of foods you need to eat to have a proper diet and get rid of symptoms:
- Eggs are easy to digest and don’t cause intestinal discomfort. They are also a fantastic source of protein when eaten weekly.
- Another great source of protein is low-fat meat, which also gives you a wide variety of food options for meal preparation. This category includes pork, white meat chicken, white meat turkey and lean cuts of beef (such as sirloin).
- Salmon and other omega-3 rich seafood such as mackerel, black cod, sardines, white fish and rainbow trout.
- A variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols such as:
- Macadamia nuts.
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