Why are we still not talking about IBS?
Article written for - http://getvices.com/health-happiness/advice-ibs-improve-your-gut-health/
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is estimated to effect 9-23% population worldwide. It affects up to 45 million people in the United States, but why is it still so rare to talk about it?
The symptoms that come from IBS can be distressing, painful and debilitating. Not forgetting how awkward and embarrassing they can be too. We go along to our doctors, and awkwardly describe our symptoms to then be diagnosed with IBS. But what does that actually mean?
“Irritable bowl syndrome is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit. (Chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation or both – either mixed or in alternation.)”
This is the diagnosis and definition of IBS. But honestly, it affects every single person completely differently. I, Molly from Mollybhealthy, have suffered myself for around 5/6 years; I believe it was bought on by food intolerance to gluten. I have been teased and joked at for when mentioned I had IBS by friends, family and colleagues. It seems to be one of the many ways, other people deal with it when they know. Some think jesting about the situation makes it less awkward and uncomfortable… (Just to let you know, it doesn’t!)
IBS can range from mild discomfort to severe – affecting lives everyday in very different ways. The most frustrating thing that I find about IBS is that not enough people are open about it.
We all have bowels; we all understand and should sympathize with those who suffer with IBS. Every one of us has suffered a situation concerning a stomach problem – therefore it is not uncommon, and in fact is a very usual thing every one of us goes through nearly everyday.
The more IBS gets talked about, the more at ease someone suffering will feel.
IBS can and IS debilitating at times, both mentally and physically. Not many people know that, the gut is full of neurons, more than what is in your spinal chord. Some experts sometimes call the gut the “second brain”. Emotions and stress levels of the sufferer normally makes their symptoms worsen. The stress and tension on your gut will only in turn exacerbate IBS symptoms.
I am a firm believer that gut health is the most important part of our overall health. Through our diet and what we put into our body, affects the outcome of many of our health issues.
Through a change in my diet and lifestyle I have been able to severely decrease my pain and discomfort when dealing with IBS. I also find the more open I am about my IBS, the more people get talking, and some even open up about theirs.
There are so many other sufferers too, closer to you than you think. Lets get talking about our guts, and healing them too!