Could it be that relief for constipation is as simple as proper body position? World class athletes spend the majority of their time perfecting their technique. Maybe we should do the same when it comes to taking care of our business.
Well, a relatively recent invention, the modern toilet may be the cause of constipation for folks with irritable bowel syndrome. Using a simple stool that raises the hips while sitting on the toilet simulates a squatting position. This position straightens the rectum thereby lessening the restriction of passing a stool. Evacuation of the bowels is improved and reduces constipation.
It’s possible that we’ve been battling our daily routine when all we need is to adjust our technique.
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Can The Squatty Potty Bring Relief to Constipation? Watch The Shark Tank Video
If you have constipation, watch this short episode from Shark Tanks TV Episode
Recipe Of The Day – Smooth Move Smoothie
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According to an article at Psychiatry Advisor “The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board supported the drug’s availability for 11 new medical conditions in all, including chronic post-surgical pain, osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome”. Read More
Emotional stress is commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome. The symptoms of emotional stress include anxiety and depression.
Medical advisory boards that are responsible for recommending conditions that may be treated with medical marijuana have added Irritable Bowel Syndrome along with other physical conditions that generate emotional stress such as migraines and post traumatic stress disorder.
Gluten Free Recipe of The Day – Marijuana Fudge Brownies
I guess we can add Gluten Free Medical Marijuana Brownies to the top of the list of best oxymorons of all time. If you’re so inclined, give this recipe a try and let us know if it relieves abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Click Here
Is Marijuana a Cure for IBS?
The video below provides a practical perspective on whether marijuana is an appropriate remedy.
According to researchers at the University of Adelaide Irritable Bowel Syndrome may have one or more underlying causes such as food poisoning, STRESS, antibiotics, food intolerances, and parasitic infections. The condition can be debilitating due to chronic constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Dr Stuart Brierley of University of Adelaide says “Our research shows that peppermint acts through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain sensing fibres, particularly those activated by mustard and chilli. This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),” Read More…
Peppermint Oil Benefits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Take a look at the 2 short videos below to learn more about the benefits of peppermint.
In this video by Dr Josh Axe, he explains the benefits of peppermint oil and how it can relieve symptoms that cause abdominal inflamation and digestive tract problems and various other uses.
IBS Recipe Of The Day – Fresh Mint Tea
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Probiotics are used in complementary and alternative medicine therapies because they have been shown in numerous research studies to be effective in both treatment and prevention of disease. The studies that have specifically focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome demonstrate positive outcomes in diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas and bloating.
The probiotic species that have been researched and shown to be most effective are:
1) Lactobacillus – Makes various B vitamins, helps digest food, makes a natural antibiotic against certain pathogenic organisms, improves lactose intolerance.
2) Bifidobacterium – regulates intestinal balance , restores good bacteria damaged by antibiotics, crowds out the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeast.
3) StreptococcusThermophilius– Enhances digestion of milk sugars & exerts an inhibatory effect on pathogenic bacteria.
Probiotics are living organisms and are effective when the are viable.This means that if probiotics are subjected to stress, whether externally (such as heat) or internally (such as emotional stress), then their viability may be negatively impacted.
Nutrition and Exercise
A comprehensive natural health program for treatment of IBS can include probiotics and other natural supplements, exercise and a healthy diet. As mentioned in other posts here, stress has a negative impact on your gastrointestinal tract that causes an imbalance in your system. Brain fog and chronic fatique can follow.
Yoga which is now everywhere, will help calm your system by focusing only on the moment and blocking thoughts of past and future will calm you your system and stress. The key to overcoming IBS is in your hands. As you read through the pages here, the ultimate treatment of IBS is a combination of probiotics, natural supplemenst, an elimination diet, regular exercise and controlling stress.
Eat foods high in alkalinity such as cherries, blueberries, artichokes, avocados and others as shown in the chart below.
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You may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or it may be affecting someone you know. You may have been told that IBS is something that you will have to live with, its just you – the way your body works; its your genetics. Well, you probably don’t believe that explanation. You know that drugs only suppress symptoms or possibly you are searching for natural solutions. By understanding how the digestive system functions normally, you will have the knowledge to effectively use natural treatments.
The digestive system is a complex of organs with multiple functions:
Digestion – the breaking down of food into its basic nutrients.
Absorption – the taking up of necessary and specific nutrients into the body. It is a barrier that prevents unwanted substances and infections from getting into the body.
Immunity – essentially a warning system that tests and prepares antibodies that act against foreign particles like viruses, bacteria, and other parasites.
Biotransformation – which means taking a toxic substance and making it water soluble so it may be eliminated from the body.
Elimination of Waste Products of Metabolism and Toxins.
The Digestive System
The digestive system can be broken down into three areas: upper, middle, and lower.
1. In the upper section of the digestive tract, there is the mouth and esophagus. In the mouth, teeth begin the process of digestion by crushing food. Saliva is secreted containing an enzyme that breaks down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, and the tongue mixes the food with saliva before sending the food down the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube that prevents food or water from entering the body. But, much more is happening. While you are chewing and mixing, your nervous system sends a signal to the stomach to start make hydrochloric acid, a very strong acid.
2. The middle section has multiple organs: the stomach, pancreas, liver and gall bladder. Once the softened food travels down the esophagus, it enters the stomach. While the lining of the stomach continues to secrete an acid, the stomach squeezes and churns the food so the acid continues to break down protein into smaller strands called polypeptides. Again, no food or water will enter the body in this middle section.
This liquid slurry of partially digested food is squirted into the small intestine, and it is here that some very interesting biochemistry takes place. The acid in the slurry stimulates the pancreas to release more digestive enzymes to further digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The pancreas also releases hormones that stimulate the gallbladder to squeeze its contents, called bile, into and mix with the food slurry.
Bile is a substance that is produced by the liver and contains the the by-products of biotransformation. This is a biochemical process that occurs predominantly in the liver. Bile is like a soap and breaks-down fat molecules so they may be absorbed. The acidic slurry also stimulates a hormone in the intestine that is secreted into the blood, travels back to the stomach and like a switch, turns-off the production of acid in the stomach.
All functions of the digestive system except biotransformation take place in the lower area of the digestive system where there two major organs.
The Small Intestines and the Large Intestines
Once food is completely digested in the small intestine. The amino acids, simple sugars, fats, minerals, and vitamins are allowed to be absorbed into the body through the barrier. Unless there is a breach in the barrier, only those nutrients are absorbed. As the slurry continues through the large intestine, water is reabsorbed into the body as the stool is formed and ultimately eliminated through the anus.
Lining the small intestine is a protective layer of mucous that contains trillions of bacteria cells. These bacteria provide nutritional and immune support. It is estimated that there are 10 times more bacterial cells in the intestines than the entire human body. Some of these bacteria are replenished with food, but the majority of the bacteria are anaerobic, meaning they can’t survive in an oxygen environment. The anaerobic bacteria originate in the intestines when they are passed at birth from the mother and are cultivated and grown as we age. These anaerobic bacteria are not replaced with food and are depleted with stress, toxins, drugs and antibiotics.
Also lining the length of the small intestine are tiny glands called Peyers Patches. These glands are the guardians of the immune system constantly testing the digestive system for viruses, bacteria and parasites. They make antibodies that amplify the immune system when foreign substances breach the barrier.
The Autonomic Nervous System is the way the Digestive system communicates with its environment. When the nervous system perceives stress whether imaginary or real, emotional or physiological, it turns on the sympathetic nerves.
When these nerves are firing, all three sections of the digestive system stop functioning. For this reason, it is so critical for healing irritable bowel syndrome to monitor and alleviate stress from whatever source.
The natural solutions and treatments for IBS are five interconnected strategies:
Remove the obstacles: While there are numerous broad categories of obstacles to healing IBS including several that are very common:
Emotional trauma and conflicts,
Food allergies and sensitivities,
Quality of Diet (such as when the diet is too Acidic and contains too much Protein),
Hormone imbalance, particularly Cortisol since it stimulates the previously mentioned sympathetic nervous system thereby reducing levels of stomach acid and enzymes while slowing or stopping motility,
Toxins (pesticides/herbicides, organic pollutants, food coloring and preservatives in food and water, antibiotics).
It may be necessary perhaps for a relatively short period of time to replace digestive enzymes and stomach acid until the digestive system is back in balance.
3. Probiotics: While adding fiber and probiotics to cultivate beneficial bacteria, repairing the gut provides nutritional support for regenerating the barrier function.
Finally, it is very important to identify and change negative patterns of emotional stress with positive thoughts and affirmations. Negative mental patterns contribute to a catabolic or breakdown metabolism while positive thoughts shift the metabolism to one that is anabolic and rebuilding.
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