Could That Rumble in Your Gut Be IBS?
Best remedies for the most common GI tract complaint
If there’s one part of your body you don’t want irritated, it’s probably your bowels. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that 15 percent of all Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Though IBS seldom evolves into a serious medical issue, its chronic nature can make it frustrating to deal with.
My friend, Cindy, who suffers from IBS, can’t schedule early morning meetings, or be at work at the crack of dawn. She starts each morning with an extended bathroom break.
“I try to catch up later because I get a slow start on my day.”
This little-understood syndrome affects the large intestine, causing chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, or both. IBS can result in gas, bloating and pain, as well as some surprising symptoms like headache and backache.
IBS is a condition that affects women twice as frequently as men (symptoms are often worse during menstruation); and half of all cases develop before age 35.
One of the puzzling aspects of this condition is that the colon looks OK, but it doesn’t function very well. Sometimes, the symptoms turn out to be caused by an allergy, such as wheat (celiac disease) or lactose intolerance. In those cases, the appropriate dietary change will fix you up just fine. This is a good thing to check out before you move on to other remedies.