As promised, here's the 2nd part of the No1 oversight of IBS.
The start of the cycle:
So far, we've mentioned that this condition often begins after a prolonged period of stress, so go back along your timeline and think about what's happened in recent months/years. Do not skip this step as it's where the whole process begins.
Long term solution to stress: learn about yourself, what triggers you and why. What can you do about it?
In the short term, Rhodiola - works really well to counter stress (although do check if you're on diabetic or thyroid meds, as it can interfere with them). A helpful alternative is Ashwaganda - an Auyrvedic root - it can help reduce anxiety and stress and helps fight depression too. You cannot have healthy digestion with an undercurrent of anxiety.
Eating / digestion:
- Practice a breathing routine several times a day to help ground yourself.
- Avoid eating on the run; take a break and sit down in a suitable environment.
- If your metabolism is slow, either wait longer, until you are hungry, or assist your digestion with HCl - see below.
- Supplement Betaine HCl - it's a source of hydrochloric acid, or stomach acid. Betaine HCl supplements increase levels of acidity in the stomach so your food is broken down as it should be. This formula also contains pepsin, a digestive enzyme that assists with the digestion of protein. This will need to be done for quite some time, to give the body chance to reset and the small intestine to heal; a daily dose of Zinc will help too.
- Alternatively, try Cider Vinegar - a couple of tsps in a finger of warm water about 15 mins before your meal (if you hate the taste, add a little honey).
- Avoid large meals and CHEW YOUR FOOD PROPERLY. Chewing increases the surface area of your food, allowing the stomach acid and enzymes to work properly. Failing to do so leads to indigestion, fermentation / gas, and poor nutrient availability.
- Avoid gum and fizzy drinks that lead to extra trapped gas/discomfort.