3 Tips to Naturally Treat IBS
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, affects as many as 200,000 people in the United States per year. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. While there is no known “cure” for IBS, there are ways to naturally help treat and reduce the need for medication. Many people turn to dietary, lifestyle changes and stress management to help control their symptoms.
FOOD SENSITIVITY / ELIMINATION DIET
Some people can seek relief by doing the basics of eliminating spicy foods, decreasing caffeine and other foods known to cause gas. If that doesn’t seem to help, it may be time to consider keeping a diet diary to help make connections between certain foods and aggravating symptoms. Taking things one step further and doing a food sensitivity test can sometimes be helpful in identifying dietary irritants that otherwise can be missed. The crucial piece is the elimination diet and even more importantly the reintroduction of food. It is best to do this in a guided setting with your doctor.
There are many different forms of hydrotherapy. The overall goal is to stimulate proper blood and lymph flow as well as supporting the immune system. Constitutional hydrotherapy, the alternation of hot and cold towels to the abdomen, along with electrical stimulation is a great way to reach these goals as well as promote relaxation by pushing the body into a parasympathetic, or “rest and digest” state. Wholeness Center specializes in constitutional hydrotherapy.
Stress is one of the major contributors to IBS symptoms which makes the reduction of stress a major cornerstone in treatment. How to manage stress is a great conversation to have with your doctor, as everyone deals with stress differently and resonates with different types of treatment whether it be hydrotherapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, exercise, meditation, yoga classes, etc.
If you or someone you know suffers from the symptoms of IBS and wish to pursue a more natural, holistic approach to treatment, please contact the Wholeness Center for a free consultation to discuss our available treatments at 970-221-1106.