Do you currently suffer from diarrhea or constipation? If so, have you consulted with your doctor about your symptoms and what it could be that is causing it? If you have chronic constipation or chronic diarrhea, with no outside causes, you may be suffering from a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that is caused by changes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This article will discuss the symptoms of IBS and what you can do to relieve them naturally.
First and foremost, one of the most common symptoms of IBS is diarrhea. Diarrhea is defined as having very watery and loose stools. Usually, if it is connected to IBS, you will be having diarrhea 3 or more times daily and will often feel a sense of urgency to go. At times, diarrhea may be explosive and painful. Diarrhea can often be coupled with passing mucus. Mucus is the clear liquid that you see that is there to coat and protect your GI tract. The next major symptom of IBS is constipation. Constipation essentially means that you have a bowel movement less than three times per week. Often times a bowel movement will be painful and difficult to pass. It may also be harder and smaller than normal.
Subsequently, there are a few things that you can do to help alleviate some or all of the symptoms of IBS. Keep in mind, however, that there is no cure for it at the moment. The first thing that you should do is to ensure that you stay adequately hydrated. This is especially important if you are experiencing diarrhea, as it can dehydrate you. Also, ensure that you are getting enough fiber. You can do this by eating more fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber or you can also take fiber supplements. As a side note, if you are experiencing chronic constipation, eating fruits that contain citric acid may help. Just be sure to eat them only in moderation. Also, eliminating stress whenever possible can help your symptoms too.
In conclusion, as you can see, Diarrhea and Constipation are common symptoms of IBS Disorder. Whenever possible, try to manage your symptoms naturally. Take a few minutes to relax and unwind. If you have to, change your diet to a healthier, fiber rich diet along with some light exercises. Your GI tract will thank you for it in the end.