Today I'm sharing with you my secret and what actually made me change my lifestyle in the first place, educate myself more and transform into a better healthier, confident ME. I have decided to change this weakness of mine into my strength and share my experience and knowledge with you, as there are many of us out there, and many remain unspoken.
I have suffered from various digestive issues all my life, visited many doctors and went through many exams with negative results. I was getting desperate and trying to adjust my diet from gluten, dairy-free, vegetarian to I don't know what.
I decided to give it a last try and went to another doctor. I have described all the symptoms from abdominal pain and cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, to excessive gas and requested to take some food allergy tests. All the tests were once again negative but the doctor had THE ANSWER for me finally.
So have you heard of IBS? I certainly haven't until that time.
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the common discorded that affects many of man and women. It is a chronic condition that needs to be treated long term.
The symptoms may vary based on your gender, age or lifestyle and they can get worse or better from one day to another or just completely disappear for a while.
The actual cause of IBS is unknown, but there are some common triggers playing a role here:
Nervous system - stress is the no.1 trigger for most of the symptoms and that's why meditation or a different way of relaxation should be included in our daily routine.
Food & Drinks - there are certain foods that may cause the symptoms but these vary from person to person and that is why is good to take the test for sensitivity by excluding certain foods from the diet and then introducing it slowly back to see if the symptoms occur again. (FODMAP diet)
Hormones - women are twice as likely to have IBS especially due to the hormonal changes and that is why the signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods or ovulation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not life-threatening but for many people (including me), it results in a bad quality of life, depression, mood swings or eating disorders, which after all make the symptoms even worse.
If you suffer from IBS you possibly will never get completely rid of the symptoms but with a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercises and a balanced diet you can lower the signs to the minimum.
Consult with your doctor if you think you may have IBS, so he/she can advise the best approach for you and your lifestyle.
Don't let it be unspoken!
Lots of Love