B-b-b-ad to the (micro)biome: IBS and You

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In honor of Digestive Diseases Week, we are going to be exploring the different types of digestive illnesses and diseases and possible, all-natural treatments for each of them. Today we are going to be discussing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and its causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a non-curable, gestational disease the affects what a person can digest easily and how quickly food passes through the body. People with IBS typically have extreme issues when using the restroom, whether it be because they go too often or not often enough. This can cause major irritation in their tums, making eating and drinking a huge pain.

If you are one who suffers from IBS, or you think you might, you need to :

Get Tested!

If you truly have IBS, the advice and treatments of doctors are always a great and helpful resource; if getting tested isn't in your budget, you can actually try to test it for yourself by eliminating foods and seeing how your body reacts. If sweet, spicy, or dairy-packed foods seem to have a connection to your constant discomfort, you may have a food intolerance or IBS.

Get rid of unwanted bacteria in your gut!

Although there are medicinal treatments that can assist with this, the best way to rid your body of harmful bacteria is by cleansing it. Try drinking only smoothies (with whole, healthy ingredients) for a week or two. Make sure you are getting enough fiber. Your body will begin to cleanse itself and you WILL feel better!

Take a step in the right direction

Taking probiotics can assist in helping your body stabilize the microbiome, the powerhouse of your body. Once the good bacteria is reestablished, the bad bacteria won't stand a chance against it! Try digestion enzymes or vitamins that can help rebuild the inner lining of your stomach such as fish oil, evening primrose, zinc, and vitamin A!

Overall, you are VERY capable of helping your body combat IBS. You should always consult a doctor if you suspect any gestational disease, but these treatments can help keep the symptoms at ease until you are able to!

Whether you choose a supplement or food source for probiotics, there are a number of avenues available to help you make this healthy lifestyle change.