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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can be a killer.


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Learn what you need to know about diets, eating right and a healthy lifestyle that will help in eliminating IBS, and other disorders and there associate pain and discomfort.. You CAN take control of your life and stop pain without the use of dangerous and sometimes fatal drugs.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can be a killer.

  1. 1. ==== ====IBS can be fatal. A dear friend died with a miss-diagnosis of IBS, it was cancer. Look for help notexcuses. Take control of your health, click this link for answers. ====An important factor in gaining control over irritable bowel syndrome is to realize that everythingyou place in your mouth is going to affect the way you feel. Simply put, the food you eat andbeverages you drink will either make your irritable bowel symptoms better or worse. In order tobetter understand how foods are connected to irritable bowel syndrome, lets first take a look atthe digestive process. Normally, when food enters the stomach a series of physiological reflexesare set in motion. The act of chewing ignites production of saliva. Saliva contains enzymes whichsoften food into a bolus (semi-solid lump) that can be swallowed.Swallowing food triggers the gastrocolic reflex, which instructs the colon to start contracting. Thesecontractions send signals to the esophagus, instructing it to propel food through the digestive tract,where it will eventually be expelled through the colon. Its quite an intricate system, wouldnt youagree?Research has shown that people with irritable bowel syndrome do not have a normal gastrocolicreflex response. Its similar to plumbing in your home -- when the system is faulty, things can getugly. Just as there are certain things you wouldnt flush down your toilet or pour down your sink;there are certain foods that can wreak havoc on your personal plumbing.Gastrointestinal stimulants and gastrointestinal irritants can wreak havoc on the personal plumbingof individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. Stimulants include caffeine,nicotine and alcohol.Irritants include foods that are high in fat, eggs, dairy products, spicy foods, insoluble fiber, artificialsweeteners, and monosodium glutamate (MSG).These foods are known to place an additional strain on the digestive system of individuals withirritable bowel syndrome [].They are also known to be powerful irritable bowel syndrome triggers. Therefore, you will want tostrictly limit or eliminate these foods from your diet.Fat stimulates the digestive tract more than any other food. Generally, foods containing highamounts of fat only provide a small amount of nutrients, but a lot of calories. Foods that are high infats include: Meat fat from red meat, poultry skin, sausages and bacon. Dairy fat from cheese, milk, cream, ice cream, yogurt, eggs, margarine, and commercial baked goods; i.e.; biscuits, cakes and pastries.Meat fats are particularly troublesome for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. Prepared
  2. 2. meats often times use preservatives known as nitrates. Others contain high levels of sodium andmonosodium glutamate (MSG); a known trigger of IBS. Red meat is known to promote cytokineproduction; which, in turn triggers inflammation throughout the body.Dairy products contain casein, a milk protein. Casein is known to aggravate asthma and promotecytokine production. When the protein of another animal is introduced into the human body, theimmune system responds with an allergic reaction. Additionally, many people are lactoseintolerant and unable to digest lactose -- the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk. Iflactose is not digested, it can causegas and stomach cramps.Both dairy products and egg yolks are high in arachidonic acid. This is the same substance thatmakes meats so inflammatory. If you are going to eat eggs, you should only eat the whites.On a food label, eggs can be listed as albumin, globulin, ovamucin, or vitellin.Some people with irritable bowel syndrome have trouble tolerating certain spices and spicycondiments. These include hot sauces, spicy BBQ sauces, chili peppers and powders, garlic, curryand ginger. Many commercial condiments, marinades and salad dressing contain hydrogenatedfat and monosodium glutamate. Some holistic practitioners recommend using fresh garlic andginger to treat irritable bowel syndrome, but recommend avoiding the powdered versions. Youmay need to experiment to determine if spices affect your IBS symptoms.While most irritable bowel syndrome diets[] recommend increasing fiber intake, itsimportant to realizethere are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is "rough" and does not dissolve inwater. Insoluble fiber is "smooth" and soothing to the digestive tract. Soluble fiber foods can bevery soothing for IBS symptoms. Foods that are naturally high in soluble fiber include: oatmeal, oatbran, rice,potatoes, pasta, nuts, beans, barley and soy.Insoluble fiber may trigger severe attacks of pain and diarrhea in individuals with irritable bowelsyndrome. Therefore, it should be introduced slowly and closely monitored. Sources of insolublefiber include whole-grain breads and cereals, wheat bran, and the skins of fruits and vegetables.In the United States, five artificially derived sugar substitutes have been approved for use. Theyare: aspartame, Sucralose (also known as Splenda), Acesulfame K, neotame and saccharin.Artificial sweeteners can trigger pain, cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea in individuals withirritable bowel syndrome. If you have IBS, you should avoid all artificial sweeteners. Monosodiumglutamate, or MSG, is an additive used to enhance the flavor of foods. MSG has no flavor ornutritional value. It neurologically causes people to think food containing MSG is more flavorfulthan it actually is. Additionally, there is much evidence connecting MSG to all sorts of digestiveproblems.
  3. 3. For most, it is nearly impossible to alter their entire diet. Experts recommend keeping a foodjournal to help you identify triggers of irritable bowel symptoms. Take baby steps and eliminate theworst offenders first. As you track the information, you will be better able to determinethe best irritable bowel syndrome diet for you.Alan Jensen is recognized as a leading expert on herbal irritable bowel treatment products for fastand safe irritable bowel syndrome treatment. He is a frequent contributor to irritable boweltreatment diet roundtables. []. He enjoysspending free time with his family and 3 year old German Shepherd.Article Source: ====IBS can be fatal. A dear friend died with a miss-diagnosis of IBS, it was cancer. Look for help notexcuses. Take control of your health, click this link for answers. ====