Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Gas can also get trapped along the way, causing discomfort. Sometimes people with IBS pass mucus with their bowel movements. People with this disease also appear to be extra sensitive to distention of the colon. Studies using balloons to distend the colon have shown that patients with IBS experience pain and feel bloated at balloon pressures and volumes that are significantly lower than those that cause symptoms in people without the condition. Recent studies also have shown that neurotransmitters, chemicals that pass signals between nerves, are particularly active in the gastrointestinal tracts of people with the condition. One neurotransmitter in particular, serotonin, appears to be especially active in the blood and colon of people with IBS. These high levels of serotonin may stem in part from life stresses: The colon has many connections to the brain and central nervous system, which responds to stress and emotional upsets. And more than half of patients seen by a physician for IBS report stressful life events just before or at the same time as the onset of symptoms. Infection may also play a role in the causation of IBS. The theory is that infections of the intestinal lining prompt an immune-system response that makes the intestine hypersensitive. Some people who report IBS-like symptoms actually have mild celiac disease. People with celiac disease can’t digest gluten, a protein in wheat and other grains. When exposed to gluten, their immune systems damage the small intestine.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Chronic abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhea are hallmarks of IBS. Stephen Allen Christensen Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is defined as abdominal pain or discomfort and altered bowel habits in the absence of any other explanation for the symptoms. Ten to fifteen percent of the US population is affected to some degree, women are affected more often than men, and symptoms are more common in people between 30 and 50 years of age. (Mertz HR. Irritable bowel syndrome. N Engl J Med 2003;349: 2136-46) The cause of IBS is unknown. Underlying factors involved in the generation of symptoms include altered intestinal motility and increased sensitivity of the gut to various stimuli. Proposed Mechanisms (Causes) of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Stress associated with increased levels of cortisol, slowed gastric emptying, and accelerated colonic transit Abnormal response to brain-intestine activation signals Altered colonic motility and abnormal neuronal function Heightened intestinal and colonic response to eating Abnormal gas propulsion and expulsion Subclinical inflammation with production of prostaglandins, bradykinins, 5-HTP, adenosine, and other factors that affect intestinal motility Intolerance to certain dietary substances, such as dairy or wheat Aberrant nocturnal housekeeper stripping wave of the small intestine, with subsequent small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (Talley NJ, Spiller R. Irritable bowel syndrome: a little understood organic bowel disease? Lancet 2002;360:555-64 and Pimentel M, et al. Lower frequency of MMC is found in IBS subjects with abnormal lactulose breath test, suggesting bacterial overgrowth. Dig Dis Sci 2002;47:2639-43) The symptoms of IBS may mimic those of other gastrointestinal conditions. Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, thyroid dysfunction, or even cancer can be mistaken for IBS; usually, though, these diseases exhibit red flags (anemia, blood in the stool, fever, weight loss, or onset after 50 years of age) that lead physicians to an alternative diagnosis. Patients with IBS often consult a physician for abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and constipation or diarrhea.

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Since stress can bring on symptoms of IBS, stress management is an important way to deal with this condition. Exercise and some kind of relaxation training (such as meditation) are often recommended. Your doctor might also suggest talking with a counsellor to learn how to cope better. If you experience other symptoms such as anxiety, talk to your doctor on how to manage your condition. Medication for IBS is aimed at treating symptoms. Medications are available to slow down the movement of food through the digestive system and to control diarrhea. Laxatives are sometimes helpful for problem constipation, but people should not depend on them for regular bowel movements. Antidiarrhea medications (e.g., loperamide*) may be helpful for people who have mostly diarrhea as a symptom. Many other medications are available and your doctor can discuss them with you. Probiotics are bacteria that normally live in your intestines and found in certain foods, so they are considered “good” bacteria. Some studies suggest that IBS may be due to an imbalance or disruption of the normal “good” bacteria that’s present in the intestines. Probiotics may help the symptoms experienced by people with IBS by restoring this balance. However, further research into the use of probiotics in IBS needs to be done. *All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol).

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New ‘fodmap’ Diet Finds Relief For Those With Sensitive Stomachs

Navigating the low-FODMAP diet

___________________________________________________ Not All Organic Products are Created Healthy ___________________________________________________ These carbohydrates ferment in the digestive process because they’re not broken down sufficiently or absorbed in the small intestine. They then remain in an undigested state as they move through the bowel. Colonic bacteria ferment. The unhappy result is bacterial overgrowth, bloating and gas. Women going through menopause may be prone to increased bloating and gas, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup. Many women will find themselves unable to tolerate many foods they’d been able to eat without problems all their lives. For some, a low FODMAP diet might be an answer. Webmd.com recommended that you eliminate all foods containing lactose, fructose, fructans, sugar alcohols and galactans for a week or two to determine whether or not a low FODMAPS diet is for you. You may find relief comes with a matter of days. To determine which if any of those initially eliminated foods are alright for you, reintroduce one at a time. This way you will be able to discover which foods are problems for you and which are acceptable.

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Fodmaps: The Diet You Never Knew Could Cure Your Tummy Troubles

Fodmap diet shows promise taming stomachs

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She is the author ofIBSFree at Last! Second Edition(2012) and the editor of http://www.ibsfree.net . Patsy explains that examples of FODMAPS include: Lactose (also known as milk sugar, found in milk, yogurt and ice cream) Fructose (also known as fruit sugar, found in fruit, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and agave syrup) Sorbitol, mannitol, and other -ol sweeteners (found in certain fruits and vegetables as well as some types of sugar-free gums and candies) Fructans (a type of fiber found in wheat, onions, garlic and chicory root) GOS (a type of fiber found in beans, hummus and soy milk) Catsos adds that the novelty of the FODMAP approach is recognizing how the big picture [of overall diet] can be used to create a strategy for managing IBS symptoms.I struggle with IBS myself, and I first became aware of the diet by reading the healthy living blog Hungry Hungry Hippie . Its author (and fellow IBS sufferer and nurse),Elise Dieden, says she was hesitant to treat her IBS with medication: After a few months of looking into FODMAPs, I decided to give it ashot. The symptoms certainly matched mine and everything I read feltlike it was personally directed at me. She continues: I did a two week elimination phase (no FODMAPs) inSeptember 2011andsince then Ive been maintaining (with a low FODMAPs plan). I havebad days where I slip up, but its much easier now that I know why Imhaving GI problems and how to fix it. Having the knowledge to correctthe issue and feel better is so empowering. I no longer getfrustrated with my body because the painful symptoms arent random. Idefinitely feel like discovering FODMAPs has made the biggestdifference in improving my GI health. Sounds great, right? So why arent more people trying a low FODMAPs diet to treat their IBS? Well, mainly because its largely unknown here in the United States. Patsy Catsos herselffirst became aware of the diet five years ago, in 2007: I developed my own materials based on what I could glean from the medical literature trickling out of Australia, and they were an immediate success in my practice. Some patients were ecstatic with the way they felt after just a few days on the diet, and I got better at identifying good candidates. Some patients described the difference as amazing, like night and day or said they finally knew what it was like to feel normal.

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Green, a physician, typically tries to rule out gluten, fructose and other intolerances, as well as bacterial overgrowths, he said. “If they’re excluded, we’ll say, ‘There’s this new diet that’s come out of Australia,’ and we’ll give them the Fodmap diet,” Green said. A typical day’s meals might include a poached egg with spinach plus a banana for breakfast, followed by a ham and salad sandwich on gluten-free bread for lunch, and a dinner of grilled chicken, baked potato with saluted spinach and capsicum, seasoned with the green part of a spring onion, salt, pepper, olive oil and pine nuts. Lactose-free yogurt with blueberries, or peanut butter on a celery stick may serve as suitable snacks, according to the Digestive Health Foundation in Melbourne. Because it avoids foods with high-fructose corn-syrup, it can be difficult to procure appropriate products in the U.S. where the ingredient is widespread, he said, in everything from jelly to ketchup. “Usual diets here in the U.S. are laden with Fodmaps,” Portland dietitian Catsos said. “Doctors have pushed high-fiber diets and fiber supplements almost across the board for IBS patients. Therefore, health-conscious Americans are guzzling smoothies filled with yogurt and fruit, juicing, eating loads of cruciferous vegetables, beans and high-fiber nutrition bars and nuts, then they wonder why their IBS has gotten worse.” Researchers at King’s College London adapted the low-Fodmap diet and implemented it at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. They compared it with standard advice based on the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines and found it reduced flatulence and other symptoms in at least six out of seven patients, compared with half following the NICE-based advice, according to research published last October.

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Fodmaps: The Diet You Never Knew Could Cure Your Tummy Troubles

Eating a low FODMAP diet means avoiding certain foods that can cause gas, bloating, constipation and all of the other lovely symptoms those of us with IBS know so well. But whats with the weird name? FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols. The name was created by Australian researchers who realized that a low FODMAP diet helped up to 75% of their patients, says Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian with a private practice focused on gastrointestinal health. She is the author ofIBSFree at Last! Second Edition(2012) and the editor of http://www.ibsfree.net . Patsy explains that examples of FODMAPS include: Lactose (also known as milk sugar, found in milk, yogurt and ice cream) Fructose (also known as fruit sugar, found in fruit, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and agave syrup) Sorbitol, mannitol, and other -ol sweeteners (found in certain fruits and vegetables as well as some types of sugar-free gums and candies) Fructans (a type of fiber found in wheat, onions, garlic and chicory root) GOS (a type of fiber found in beans, hummus and soy milk) Catsos adds that the novelty of the FODMAP approach is recognizing how the big picture [of overall diet] can be used to create a strategy for managing IBS symptoms.I struggle with IBS myself, and I first became aware of the diet by reading the healthy living blog Hungry Hungry Hippie . Its author (and fellow IBS sufferer and nurse),Elise Dieden, says she was hesitant to treat her IBS with medication: After a few months of looking into FODMAPs, I decided to give it ashot. The symptoms certainly matched mine and everything I read feltlike it was personally directed at me. She continues: I did a two week elimination phase (no FODMAPs) inSeptember 2011andsince then Ive been maintaining (with a low FODMAPs plan). I havebad days where I slip up, but its much easier now that I know why Imhaving GI problems and how to fix it. Having the knowledge to correctthe issue and feel better is so empowering.

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IBS is a common functional disorder of the GI tract. There is no known cause for it and there is no known cure. However, there are ways to manage its symptoms. Regulating the diet is one of the ways to manage IBS symptoms, but sometimes this can be difficult. Certain foods ingested or avoided may help some IBS sufferers, while causing symptoms in others. Jeffrey Roberts, founder of the IBS Self Help and Support Group , recently reported that the American College of Gastroenterology has recommended a low Fodmap diet as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS. The low Fodmap diet is a dietary plan that was developed by Sue Shepherd PhD. Fodmap is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These substances are complex molecules found in foods we eat that can be poorly absorbed in people with IBS. Dr. Shepherd has shown that eliminating Fodmaps in the diet can be an effective treatment for people suffering with IBS.

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FODMAPs: The Diet You Never Knew Could Cure Your Tummy Troubles

IBS is a common functional disorder of the GI tract. There is no known cause for it and there is no known cure. However, there are ways to manage its symptoms. Regulating the diet is one of the ways to manage IBS symptoms, but sometimes this can be difficult. Certain foods ingested or avoided may help some IBS sufferers, while causing symptoms in others. Jeffrey Roberts, founder of the IBS Self Help and Support Group , recently reported that the American College of Gastroenterology has recommended a low Fodmap diet as one of the most effective dietary therapies for IBS. The low Fodmap diet is a dietary plan that was developed by Sue Shepherd PhD. Fodmap is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. These substances are complex molecules found in foods we eat that can be poorly absorbed in people with IBS. Dr. Shepherd has shown that eliminating Fodmaps in the diet can be an effective treatment for people suffering with IBS. Most foods containing Fodmaps include those containing complex sugars. The IBS Self Help and Support Group has offered a list of acceptable and unacceptable foods to eat on a low Fodmap diet, which can be accessed at:

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The symptoms certainly matched mine and everything I read feltlike it was personally directed at me. She continues: I did a two week elimination phase (no FODMAPs) inSeptember 2011andsince then Ive been maintaining (with a low FODMAPs plan). I havebad days where I slip up, but its much easier now that I know why Imhaving GI problems and how to fix it. Having the knowledge to correctthe issue and feel better is so empowering. I no longer getfrustrated with my body because the painful symptoms arent random. Idefinitely feel like discovering FODMAPs has made the biggestdifference in improving my GI health. Sounds great, right? So why arent more people trying a low FODMAPs diet to treat their IBS? Well, mainly because its largely unknown here in the United States. Patsy Catsos herselffirst became aware of the diet five years ago, in 2007: I developed my own materials based on what I could glean from the medical literature trickling out of Australia, and they were an immediate success in my practice. Some patients were ecstatic with the way they felt after just a few days on the diet, and I got better at identifying good candidates. Some patients described the difference as amazing, like night and day or said they finally knew what it was like to feel normal. Diets low in lactose and fructans (hello, gluten-free craze!) are pretty well-known and popular here. Patsy says that if youre already eating a lactose-free or gluten-free diet and you continue to have uncomfortable GI symptoms, you may be a good candidate for a low-FODMAP trial: If you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity and are still experiencing bouts of GI symptoms, even when you are eating a gluten-free diet, FODMAPs might be responsible. Wow, who knew? A low-FODMAP diet, while it might be the magic cure youve been looking for to help manage your IBS, isnt easy to do, at least not at first.

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FODMAP Diet Resolves IBS for Some

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Enter your email address * 0 comments View Comments ***SALAUYOU YURY***/PhotoSpin Many women experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) on a regular basis and understand how frustrating it can be because of the variable symptoms. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and abdominal pain can occur separately or sometimes feel as if they are happening all at once. While IBS can be triggered by such factors as stress, most have come to understand that the food they choose to put in their bodies also play a role and as a result, many are turning to the FODMAP diet. This Article Vote Saved My Life Short for fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAP), this diet aims to eliminate carbohydrates that contain lactose, fructose, galactans, fructans and sugar alcohols. As these foods commonly cause fermentation in the intestinal tract and fermentation commonly causes IBS symptoms, the removal of these foods can quickly resolve bowel and abdominal complaints. The diet does remove several foods. This is done to clear out any intestinal issues before adding the foods back in one at a time in an elimination and re-introduction fashion. Foods can include certain fruits such as all dried fruit, apples, apricots, plums and nectarines. Dairy products (all of them) are not allowed. The FODMAPS plan also eliminates all wheat and soy products. Legumes such as lentils or chickpeas (think hummus), sweeteners such as sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol, and certain vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, peas, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are excluded on this diet. FODMAP foods have a cumulative effect in the intestines which may explain why some days the IBS symptoms are better than others, or the symptoms seem to come and go. Therefore these foods will be eliminated for a period of time. Four weeks is commonly recommended. They are then added in one at a time with a few days to a week in between so as they do not overlap and cause confusion if there are intestinal symptoms. Someone may find that the sugar products cause intestinal discomfort but wheat does not.

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Peppermint May Soothe Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),” says Dr Stuart Brierley . Scientists in Australia at the University of Adelaide’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory say peppermint has been commonly prescribed by naturopaths for many years, there has been no clinical evidence until now to demonstrate why it is so effective in relieving pain. IBS is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. It begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people. “This is a debilitating condition and affects many people on a daily basis, particularly women who are twice as likely to experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” Brierley adds. There is no cure for IBS and it often comes and goes over a person’s lifetime. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases here in the US says there is no specific test for IBS, however many doctors may run tests to be sure you don’t have other diseases. These tests include stool sampling tests, blood tests, x-rays and a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy . Most people diagnosed with IBS control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medicine. A high-fiber die t was once thought to be the best diet for almost everyone with IBS, but recent studies show that isnt true for everyone. Foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, onions, and bagels, that can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract can cause significant bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers. For people with constipation, a high-fiber diet of 25 grams daily for women and 38 grams for men is recommended.

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Irritable bowel syndrome

One mother who knows only too well how debilitating the condition can be is Claire McKee. Her son Elliott first developed symptoms when he started full-time at school at the age of four. ‘He started getting bad tummy aches,’ recalls Claire. ‘Every night he would be clutching his tummy and crying in agony. I would try to cuddle him to sleep. ‘In the mornings Elliott would spend ages in the loo, suffering frequent bouts of diarrhoea. It was awful watching him in pain and not being able to do anything. ‘He’d be terrified he wouldn’t be able to get to the loo in time at school or that his classmates would notice the smell.’ Claire’s GP ordered blood tests to rule out serious digestive disorders such as coeliac and Crohn’s disease. These came back clear. Elliott was then referred to a dietician, who suggested eliminating various foods to see if the problem was a food allergy or intolerance. Again the results were negative. It was only after talking to a friend, a long-term sufferer of irritable bowel syndrome, that Claire put two and two together. ‘It was a lightbulb moment,’ says Claire, from Billingshurst, West Sussex.

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