Don't Worry Blog: Research

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Women's magazines promote appearance over health

Research shows that 20% of articles in women's health and fitness magazines are devoted to body shaping and weight loss.
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9 out of 10 show improvement in IBS symptoms with hypnosis

IBS symptoms improve significantly with hypnosis. Research shows that most clients feel significantly better and for many the symptoms go completely.
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Body Confidence

The pressure to conform to the impossible stereotypes we are bombarded with on a daily basis is overwhelming and damaging.
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Peristalsis is impaired with IBS

For IBS sufferers, normal regular gut movements become disordered and over-strong muscle contractions cause pain, diarrhea and constipation.
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What about gut flora?

Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis. Doctors in California noticed that the symptoms of IBS are similar to those where the small intestine gets an overgrowth of gut flora. Their study looked at whether or not gut flora overgrowth is associated with IBS. If that were so, there might be a chance that dealing with the overgrowth would reduce the symptoms of IBS.

The results showed that of 202 IBS patients, 157 (78%) had overgrowth. This showed a very strong association. They then treated the overgrowth which eliminated IBS suymptoms in just under half.

This is very helpful. If you have IBS, ask your doctor to check for gut flora overgrowth in the small intestine. If he finds it, antibiotics could take away your symptoms. For the rest of us, hypnotherapy has an 85% success rate in eliminating IBS symptoms.

Does bran help IBS symptoms

Bran can make the symptoms of IBS worse. What can we do to reduce IBS symptoms?
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Our thoughts and emotions affect our gut

This research paper shows how extensively our thoughts and emotions affect our intestines, and as a result, are actively involved in irritable bowel syndrome. Their conclusion is that helping people to be aware of their emotional state, and to learn how to modulate feelings and thoughts, will assist people to manage the symptoms of IBS. And we already know that our emotions affect our insides. We say "I had a gut feeling about it", and we feel sick when we are anxious.

The link between perfectionism and IBS

Stress and anxiety are implicated in IBS. Perfectionist beliefs, wanting to do the right thing and expecting perfect health, seem to be involved too.
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IBS and gut flora

Symptoms of IBS may be insufficient gut microbes - not enough kinds of them and not enough millions of them. Or not enough water.
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IBS can make you anxious

Worries about not being near a loo causes anxiety, which in turn makes IBS worse. Treat the anxiety and you will be out and about again soon.
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Hypnosis successfully treats IBS

Hypnosis gets rid of the pain and discomfort of IBS with a 70% success rate. NICE recommends it.
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What causes bloating?

IBS is one of the causes of bloating. But it can also be caused by insufficient bile, so that fats are not properly digested. Or if you are eating new foods, your body has not developed sufficient enzymes to digest these newcomers, so the food hangs around in the gut for overlong and gases develop.

You may have tried probiotics. But according to the Glenn Gibson, professor of microbiology at Reading University, nearly 50 per cent of the probiotic yoghurts, powders and capsules sold in their millions every year simply do not have the minimum of 10 million bacteria per dose necessary to have any impact on our digestive systems.

Stress is implicated in IBS

The brain areas of interest in IBS also light up for stress. Researchers have discovered that with IBS, the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) responds to distension of the rectum (this is the bit they were researching, but it is suggestive that it might also apply to other parts of the gut). The ACC is also the area which responds to anxiety, stressful life events and failures to cope properly.

These research findings support observations that there are connections between psychological distress and IBS, along with a greater sensitivity to pain. This is one of the reasons perhaps that hypnosis works so well. Hypnosis is a powerful treatment for all forms of anxiety. I shall write more shortly about work done on the brain-gut link.

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