Don't Worry Blog: IBS and gut issues

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Constipation and diarrhea can be both cause and symptom of anxiety

Worrying about our insides can make life a misery. Hypnotherapy can help!
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The different causes of constipation and the way different laxatives work. And some tips on using the loo!
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Hypnosis treats IBS symptoms effectively

Hypnosis is very effective in treating IBS symptoms. It is recommended by NICE and research shows 70% success rate. Definitely worth a try then.
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IBS sufferers. Don't limit your food types!

Limiting what you eat can seem like a way to control your IBS symptoms, like bloating, diarrhoea or pain. But it makes it worse.
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IBS is not just one thing

IBS is a complex of different symptoms without physical damage to your gut.
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Get an IBS diagnosis first

The symptoms of IBS are not exclusive to IBS. Getting a doctor's diagnosis means other illnesses can be ruled out.
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Helpful dietary changes

Foods and drinks that may cause or worsen symptoms include:

  • fatty foods (most takeaway foods are fatty)
  • milk
  • chocolate
  • alcohol
  • caffeine - coffee, Red Bull
  • fizzy drinks

Some things are helpful. Fibre from fruit and vegetables is helpful, and if you want to take extra fibre, then Psyllium husk is the one to choose. If you haven't been eating fruit or veg much, then start slowly. New foods need new enzymes to digest them, and your body needs time to build them up.

IBS has similarities with gut bacterial overgrowth

IBS is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are similar to those of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A study by Dr Mark Pimentel and colleagues set out to see whether overgrowth is associated with irritable bowel syndrome and whether treatment of overgrowth reduces patient's intestinal complaints. They found that after treatment with antibiotics, half of IBS sufferers from both IBS and overgrowth, the IBS symptoms disappeared. The overgrowth test can be done in doctors' surgeries.

Gastroenteritis can trigger IBS

Researchers in Spain and Britain have found that IBS is higher where food poisoning has occurred. See your doctor if you have a gut infection.
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IBS has many symptoms, so diagnosis can be difficult

There are lots of possible symptoms of IBS. Here is a list of possible IBS symptoms.
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