Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.) can be quite distressing for sufferers. Symptoms include diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, flatulence, bloating and abdominal cramps which can be incredibly painful. Some people also report heartburn, headaches, lower back pain, sleep difficulties, muscle pain and fatigue.
Along with the physical symptoms, sufferers often feel anxious about the need to go to the toilet, especially when away from home. This can put them off going out especially when the physical symptoms are bad. The added anxiety and stress can bring on I.B.S. so it becomes a vicious circle.
It is widely accepted that I.B.S. happens as a result of stress. So is it as simple as reducing stress to improve your health?
The answer to that question, is that it all depends on the individual but in my experience reducing stress does improve your health.
There is a huge amount of dietary information to be found for I.B.S. but this can get confusing. For some people some relief can be found by omitting certain foods from their diet and consuming more soluble fibre. Soluble fibre soothes and regulates the digestive tract.
It can be worth keeping a food and symptom diary to note any specific foods which may make symptoms worse. Consuming around 6 – 8 glasses of water per day may help the digestive process, although probably best consumed away from meals.
Be aware of the impact of certain foods on your digestive symptom such as:
Fried & fatty foods
These foods do not cause I.B.S. but could make the symptoms worse.
A diet whereby you remove one food type at a time to see if there is any improvement may help. You should remove each food for approximately a month. Or an elimination diet where you take out the above foods and slowly introduce one at a time in moderation on a gradual basis may help filter through any foods which make symptoms worse. It tends to be best to do this under the supervision of a suitably qualified nutritionist.
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The above may help but is unlikely to resolve the issue of I.B.S. I have found that working through the stress and anxiety to be the biggest improvement for sufferers. Getting to the root of the problem and changing the subconscious processing around this, along with giving techniques for dealing with stress and reviewing lifestyle. Often the reason for the I.B.S. is not necessarily complicated but it can take a professional therapist to help discover this and then help you to work through the solutions. A few lifestyle changes may be beneficial too.
One such lady, was amazed at the improvement change in her symptoms after just two sessions with me. This shows just how reactive the digestive symptom is and that, given the right direction, can calm down considerably. This is what she had to say:
“I went to Ann suffering from I.B.S. and anxiety which I had been suffering from for a while, Ann taught me breathing and relaxation techniques which helped me greatly, within 2 weeks I was feeling much better. I felt Ann listened and treated me accordingly and would not hesitate to consult her again if symptoms returned.”
Body – Mind Connections
If you would like to know more about the body – mind connections and how you can improve your health please contact me.
ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register. She is also a practitioner of a number of therapies including EFT, EmoTrance, META Health, Matrix Reimprinting, Colour Mirrors. She uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including health, stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues. Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.
If you wish to find out how Ann can help you please contact her here.
Ann Bowditch GQHP, GHR Reg., META-P
Dip (Hyp) Hypnotherapy
EFT (AAMET Certified) & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner
Meta-Health & Colour Mirrors Practitioner
PSTEC Level 1-A (Advanced PSTEC)
Tel: 07781 111186
Ann Bowditch is a Member & Trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register