The Fit & Lean 21 Day Challenge that I ran in March highlighted the issue of Irritable Bowel Syndrome as several clients have been affected with this for up to 20 years now including myself and is a subject that often comes up as it affects around twice as many women than men.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS for short is a common long term condition which can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, excessive wind, belching, breathlessness, headaches, dizziness, lower back ache and bladder problems. The symptoms vary and affect some people more severely than others, can come and go for a few days or up to months at a time, however mostly during times of stress or eating certain foods. ‘Food and Mood’ seem to be the cause.
There is no cure for IBS and the condition can be very painful and debilitating and sufferers may experience feelings of depression and anxiety which can have a negative impact on quality of life and emotional state. Often the symptoms can be managed by making changes to your nutritional intake and lifestyle.
Eating natural unprocessed food with plenty of water is a good place to start whilst trying to manage and reduce stressful situations. It may take some time to adjust and prepare home made food in order to manage your Irritable Bowel Syndrome but a healthy gut and healthy brain (they are directly linked via the Vagus nerve) will help you improve your symptoms dramatically. The Fit & Lean for 2015 21 Day Challenge is a kickstart to a long term natural eating plan that has so far been very successful in improving cases of IBS.
The next 21 Day Challenge starts on the 29th April 2015. They run throughout the year and be part of an online program - for more information please contact me on 07740047279.
If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should visit your GP.