Uncomfortable, bloated, and a bit too constipated to be confident.
That’s what I was.
When I turned 21, my health went awry. I wasn’t raised with the term “shit hit the fan” but when I learned it, I decided to keep it.
So yeah, shit hit the fan.
I don’t want to bore you too much with the monotonous details about my life, because we’re here to talk about YOU, but I will say – I wasn’t living my best life, and decided to see a doctor after experiencing digestive issues.
I went to general practitioners, specialists, and a whirlwind of other people with big shot titles.
But what they told me was, “You have Irritable Bowel Syndrome” and proceeded to toss laxative medication my way.
Woah, woah, woah.
I’m sorry… My bowels are suddenly irritable?
Who said THEY get a say? And a mood now too?
But at 21 I refused to put a band aid over the situation and rather decided to focus on addressing and healing the problem (hence, so there wouldn’t even be a problem, anymore).
Needless to say, Irritable Bowel Syndrome treatments are incredibly diverse, but only one is sustainable for the long haul.
Comfortable, flat-bellied, and finally regular enough to feel confident and energized.
That’s what I am now, and that’s what you can be too.
Here I’ll show you all the techniques and strategies I used to kick Irritable Bowel Syndrome to the curb and skuerrrrrt (*car sounds*) away forever.
What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
If you’re new in town, I officially welcome you, but also want to reassure you that you will not be visiting here long with the simple techniques I’ll show you.
IBS is a short abbreviation for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and a common disorder that affects the efficiency of the large intestine.
See, our intestines contract and expand to push food through our digestive tract.
But with IBS, the contractions are either too slow or too fast.
- If the motion is too slow, then you likely experience constipation because of the inefficiency to propel your food forward along the digestive tract.
- If the motion is too fast, then you likely experience diarrhea because of the over-efficiency to propel your food forward along the digestive tract.
You could also be experiencing both – just in a fun, alternative fashion.
Or, you may not experience either (to your knowledge).
I was backed up and didn’t even know it until I became regular and felt so relieved.
When this motion happens, doctors typically resort to laxatives as one of the more common irritable bowel syndrome treatments since it “gets everything moving.”
But there’s a far better, more natural way.
Symptoms of IBS
While constipation and diarrhea are easy tell-tale signs that you are experiencing IBS, you could also experience several other side effects that are more apparent.
To make things simple for you, I compiled a list of possible symptoms:
☐ Pain and cramping
☐ Changes in bowel movements
☐ Gas and bloating
☐ Food intolerance
☐ Fatigue and difficulty sleeping
☐ Anxiety and depression
☐ Feeling of incomplete bowel movements
☐ Mucus in bowel movements
☐ Body image issues
☐ An unpleasant taste in mouth
☐ Frequent or urgent need to use the restroom
☐ Muscle aches, especially in the lower back
☐ Joint pain
☐ Low energy levels
☐ Brain fog
☐ Stomach distention
You can see that these symptoms seem to be all over the board.
Some are affecting your joints, others your mind, some your stomach, and many your entire body.
Because here’s the thing that most doctors will not tell you.
There’s a secret life hack that goes beyond typical IBS medications and diets.
There’s a simple trick to being able to regulate and treat all these symptoms and side effects.
Ready for it?
I know you are – I knew I liked you.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a direct result from poor gut health.
And by restoring your gut health, you are achieving the most sustainable, all natural approach to IBS – as opposed to several irritable bowel syndrome treatments.
I promise I’ll break this down for you, making it super easy, peezy lemon – detoxing squeezy.
What Is Gut Health and Why Does It Matter?
To be frank, your gut health matters because YOU matter.
And our gut – a fancy term to describe the part of your digestive tract consisting of your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – regulates SO many of our body’s functions.
For a quick snapshot, here’s a list of everything your gut regulates in the body:
- Healthy Digestion
- Weight management (and weight loss)
- Skin Health
- Nutrient Absorption
- Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
- Brain Clarity and Mental Health
- Hunger and Appetite
- Bloating and Inflammation
- Chronic Illness
So, you can see how this one simple thing is by far THE one thing you want on your side.
And by restoring your digestive health, your body begins to reap incredible benefits from each of the bulleted categories above.
Win – Win (x a million).
So now, let’s jump to these steps I followed…
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments
1. Focus on Eating an Anti-Inflammatory, Low FODMAP Diet
Anti – inflammatory. Fodmap. New, fancy words.
So here’s the deal.
Too many people experience digestive issues, such as IBS, because of the foods that are being produced today.
Yep, you heard it right – “produced.”
We consume more products than actual food because of how efficient the food industry is at manufacturing and processing the real ingredients our bodies are intended to consume.
These “efficient” techniques once seemed helpful when there was a huge baby boom in the population and only so much food to go around.
Problem is – it’s OUR generations today that are taking the hit.
Inflammation, bloating, weight gain, and digestive discomfort are all being caused by our bodies shouting, “NO MORE!” and demanding the foods that are designed to energize and heal us.
So, the words anti-inflammatory and low fodmap are just umbrella terms for healthy foods comprised of real ingredients.
These foods are easy to digest and work to heal our bodies.
The term “fodmap” goes hand in hand with IBS.
It’s the word you’ll see pop up when you google it, and the word the doctor will recommend when discussing your new “diet.”
So while FODMAP stands for:
- Fermentable (produces gas)
All you need to know is that they are foods that are difficult on your body to break down and digest due to their complexity (and over manufacturing).
And just like most things, there’s an app for it!
Here are my favorite FREE apps that help you to identify the foods you should be eating, alarm you of foods to avoid, and track your symptoms.
This app provides you with a comprehensive search list in alphabetical order for low fodmap approved foods and high fodmap avoidable foods.
This app allows you to scan foods to ensure they are low fodmap and safe for you to eat.
This app helps you to track your foods and identify your trigger foods. This is a really important part of irritable bowel syndrome treatments.
2. Track your IBS Symptoms to Identify Trigger Foods
As you can see, apps like Cara Care can help you to do this for free, but tracking your symptoms is a huge part of being able to identify your trigger foods.
Trigger foods are those foods that could be healthy, but for whatever reason, your body does not want it near it.
For me, it’s cauliflower. I’d love to use it as a low carb alternative in so many recipes, but every time I eat it, I bloat right up like a balloon.
I discovered it was cauliflower just by tracking my foods each day and identifying the common denominator of my digestive discomfort.
This method can also help you to do the exact opposite as well.
Meaning, you can identify the foods that help you to feel energized, and that you want to incorporate as a staple into your diet.
After all, food is designed to be energy for our bodies.
It’s our driving fuel source, so we should feel good after eating our meals.
You deserve it and can achieve it – trust me!
3. Reduce Stress
I had experienced chronic anxiety for so many years that when someone told me that I had to lower my stress, I nearly laughed.
That was until I realized how much our stress levels take a toll on our digestive health.
Stress is one of the leading causes of poor gut health, which results in digestive issues such as IBS.
And it’s important to note how much our body works holistically – with our gut health as our central control center.
That’s why improving your gut health is one of life’s greatest hacks – because of how many ways you thrive when you do.
But reducing stress levels is a must.
(Great, now I’m stressing about my stress!)
This should be exciting, though!
I know you live a busy life and constantly give and give, but please take ten minutes a day to do something for YOU.
Take a bath. Do some yoga (Youtube has some really incredible free options, I highly recommend Sarah Beth’s 10 minute session which can be found HERE). Go for a stroll. Throw your phone across the room and close your eyes for a bit.
Trust me, your body will thank you for it.
4. Enhance Nutrient Absorption
Alright, I’m about to lay out one of the most important things for your digestive health.
Our small intestine.
See, with IBS, everyone wants to focus on the movements that happen in the large intestine.
Awesome, kudos to the large intestine – we still love you, but we’re going to back it up a bit and talk about what happens in the sister organ.
Our small intestine is designed to absorb the nutrients from our foods.
Problem is, when our gut is unhealthy, we are unable to do this properly.
This means that even if we are eating healthy, our bodies are not healed enough to efficiently absorb those nutrients that the foods have to offer.
But when we heal our gut health, we can do this.
What helped me was finding the right supplement.
I genuinely do not believe in throwing money at supplements. I think a lot of them are marketing ploys that provide little results.
But I have found one that I use every single day (still after repairing my gut health because of how much I love it). I use superfood powders.
These powders consist of replenishing foods ground up into a simple, easy to use powder (all while still being REAL food).
But the best part about this being a powder is that your small intestine does not have to work to absorb the nutrients – nope, these micronutrients immediately get absorbed into the bloodstream.
This provides you with immediate results.
I personally recommend Your Super.
It’s what I found gives you the most bang for your buck, and I’d start out simple by ordering one or two of the powders. You don’t need the bundles to see results, and it saves you money.
5. Heal Your Gut
This is the most important aspect of irritable bowel syndrome treatments because this is what helps you to address the root of the problem.
Remember when I said that the doctor wanted me to live off MiraLAX (laxatives) for the rest of my life?
(I was only 21 let’s keep in mind.)
Instead, I spent 3 years conducting a lot of research, spent several nights bloated, tossed too much money to useless supplements and health products.
But eventually, I found the perfect formula for how to heal my gut and can now reap the benefits of a healthy body.
Most importantly, I no longer experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
I no longer rely on laxatives.
And best of all, my energy, metabolism, mental health, skin health, etc. have skyrocketed – because they’re all controlled and regulated by the health of your gut.
I also lost 15 pounds (and tons of inflammation) just by following these simple techniques.
I’m a teacher at heart (and in the classroom – I teach high school Biology and Anatomy) so I created the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge to help you to restore your gut health and reap the same benefits.
If you’re interested, be sure to check out the 21 Day Gut Health Challenge here!