Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Dr. Donald Sonn: Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you have ever used a public restroom, you know how embarrassing it can be to use one when you have tummy issues. Irritable bowel syndrome affects a small number of the population, but it is typically distressing and is characterized by gut discomfort. Some patients suffer from a constipation-type form of the syndrome while others suffer from diarrhea.
The following are some ways you can relieve the symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome.
When it comes to irritable bowel syndrome, what you eat dictates how the digestive system functions. Many people who suffer from IBS experience flare-ups after consuming dairy, legumes, onion, garlic, cherries, among other foods. Having a food diary can help you identify problem foods and guide the options available for treatment. For instance, if you notice that flare-ups occur after eating dairy, you can find the medication to take before meals.
Stress stimulates the production of the hormone cortisol, which is thought to increase the symptoms of IBS. Sometimes, when you feel stressed, take a deep breath before you start eating. Even making sure you eat in a relaxed environment can have a big effect. Some experts even recommend concentrating on the chewing process before swallowing. “Mindful eating” as the practice is called, has the effect of calming someone down.
Over the counter medication
There are various over the counter supplements and medication that people can have positive effects on IBS symptoms. Laxatives can help with constipation-type symptoms.
Donald Sonn is an experienced medical professional who has worked with various hospitals in Massachusetts, including Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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