Did you know that 2/3 of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is undiagnosed? Currently 7% of New Zealanders are diagnosed with IBS, this means there is likely ~21% of the population battling with the same symptoms that you are.
This month is IBS awareness month, Nutrition & Life dietitians are dedicated to helping our clients feel like themselves again. It is time to normalise IBS and seek support before you decrease your quality of life. Get ahead of the curve by seeking support if you:
Have recurrent abdominal pain on average for at least 1 day per week in the last 3 months, associated with 2 of the following:
o Related to bowel movements.
o Associated with a change in number of bowel motions.
o Associated with a change in stool consistency.
The cause of IBS is unknown but here are some possible reasons:
- Altered movement.
- Altered gut bacteria.
- Heightened gut-brain communication.
- Poor diet, low in fibre, probiotics, and polyphenols.
No matter the cause, there is a sequence of treatment we work through with our clients. The first step focuses on lifestyle interventions which is something often missed when googling “IBS symptom management”.
For 4 years I dealt with the crippling symptoms of IBS that flared with stressful moments in my life. The science behind this is the conversation the brain and the gut share. The gut in times of stress can be hypersensitive, sending messages to the brain that something is not right. The other side of this conversation is the stress can speed up movement of the gut or increase secretions in the bowel known as mucus.
I want to share with you a technique to calm your symptoms that worked for me!
Why should we let IBS rain on our parade? Let’s start with work you can do every day without any need to meet with a health care professional! Take control of gut movement and reduce stress levels with deep/diaphragmatic breathing.
Get your gut back on tract using the following steps:
1) Sit up straight.
2) Place a hand on your chest, and the other on your stomach.
3) Breath into the depth of your belly. In through your nose.
4) Hold for 2 seconds.
5) Breath out through your mouth for 5 seconds.
6) Repeat at least 5 times.
Attach this new behaviour to something you do at least twice a day such as brushing your teeth or before eating a meal. This will help you remember to engage with deep breathing and like me feel lasting relief and reduced gut symptoms.
This doesn't scratch the surface of what our Registered Dietitians know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Our CEO Josephine Sutton knows first hand the debilitating symptoms of IBS. She has conquered her triggers and found long-term relief from irritable bowel syndrome. She is creating a special offer coming in 2022 to support IBS sufferers. Connect with us on social or subscribe to our free emails to be notified when you can find out more about the Nutrition & Life IBS TGF program.
But you don't have to wait!
Book your call today with a Registered Dietitian who has specialist training in IBS and has helped countless kiwis identify their triggers and manage their symptoms.
Do you IBS symptoms hold you back from living your life or socialising? Gain some knowledge and practical tips and start to feel in control of your IBS symptoms today with Nutrition & Life.
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