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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is also called a spastic bowel or an IBS bowel. IBS can make your life quite uncomfortable and leave you full of questions and without possible treatment.

What is PDS?

It is a common intestinal disorder, a functional disturbance of the gastrointestinal tract. It is said to be functional because the bowel appears normal but no medical cause is found. Only the gut is not functioning properly. It usually occurs in the large intestine. The characteristics are manifested by abdominal pain or abdominal cramps, you get problems with your stools, your stomach can swelland you suffer more from flatulence. People with IBS often experience diarrheaor constipation .

A bowel movement in which diarrhea and constipation alternate also occur and the pain is often in varying places in the abdomen. It is suspected that about 10% – 20% of the Dutch population has IBS and 75% of these are women.

The number of complaints you experience, the severity and frequency of these complaints differ per person. If you experience more and more complaints and the severity and frequency of these are also increasing, there is a good chance that it also affects your daily life and routine. Due to the malfunctioning of the gut, digestion is disrupted and this results in the problems you may experience.

Get Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tested

The origin of irritable bowel syndrome is not really known and cannot be tested. The consequences of IBS are different for every person. In some people, IBS develops after an intestinal infection, for example due to food poisoning, but it usually involves a combination of factors. For example, the intestine makes too many or too few movements, which is why one has a spastic intestinecalled. In more than 60% of people with IBS, the nerves in the intestinal wall are extra sensitive or the nerves react because the intestinal wall stretches or starts to swell. This is where the reference ‘irritable bowel’ originated. The pain then arises due to the interaction of the brain-gut axis. Tension and certain foods can aggravate symptoms. Much research is still being done on how these factors play a role in IBS, but it is now clear that stress is a source of many possible problems.

Causes of IBS

IBS is the most common cause of gastrointestinal complaints. But what exactly causes it? In recent years, people have thought about gender, your age, your genes, hormonal changes, certain medicines, a lack of nutrients, intestinal infections and allergies. It is suspected that in IBS there is a malfunction of the brain-gut axis. Doctors and researchers are also convinced that your mood, such as stress or anxiety, is a big factor. It is therefore good to check whether these factors can play a role in the symptoms that are experienced.

Complaints you may experience

The most common symptoms of IBS are therefore abdominal pain, cramps, stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, nausea and fatigue. Doctors do not consider IBS dangerous because IBS does not in principle damage the stomach, intestines or other parts of the digestive tract. Therefore, a medication is rarely prescribed.

What can you do about a spastic bowel yourself?

Due to the many possible causes, ‘total balance’ seems to apply here. Find peace in your head for the spiritual part through conscious breathing through, for example, yoga and meditation. A breathing expert can give you good advice and exercises and an insightful overview of your breathing pattern. Find peace in your body by discussing your diet with a nutrition expert. You can often also get tested there on what your body likes and doesn’t like. This also prevents you from leaving out unnecessary foods or from eating one-sidedly. And it is important to find out which foods have a positive or negative effect on your body and your spastic gut. And put your body to work. It is not made to stand still. Sports or physical labor ensures a well-functioning body.A car will not let you stand still and even a house that is empty quickly falls into disrepair.

Possible PSD treatments

There is no medication for irritable bowel syndrome. Medical treatment is therefore not really possible. You are dependent on yourself. Then realize that your body ultimately tells you more than you think. Listen carefully to your body and get in touch with yourself. Often it means changing your lifestyle. If you have adjusted your diet and you have started to drink more or only water, you exercise more, you take your rest and you have also worked on your breathing, you have even consulted a nutritionist, but the spastic bowel symptoms remain? What about your gut flora?? The state of the intestinal flora is rarely looked at. Could it be out of balance? Isn’t there a shortage of good bacteria? With an imbalanced intestinal flora, different problems can arise for everyone. In fact, a disturbed intestinal flora is the source of most problems . Your weakest point in your body is therefore the first to hit the bobbin. The biggest problems in Irritable Bowel Syndrome are mainly in the spastic colon, where most bacteria live. A poo transplant is also an underexposed possibility here.