Digestive system disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome are very prevalent in our society. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS accounts for 3.5 million visits to the doctor’s office each year in the US (US News and World Report). It is estimated that only ten percent of people with symptoms ever see a doctor. That tells me there are a lot of people living with a digestive system disorder that are not getting help.
Two Forms of IBS – Digestive System Disorder
There are two forms of the digestive system disorder, IBS, one in which the person has severe constipation and one in which he or she has severe diarrhea. This difference is based on how fast the muscles in the colon contract. The muscles are wave-like and contract in a manner called peristalsis.
When the muscles contract too slowly, too much water and salt are extracted from the waste matter. This causes the waste to harden making it difficult for the waste to pass through the colon. The result is that you have constipation and other serious digestive system problems.
Diarrhea occurs when the muscles contract so fast that none of the water is absorbed. This is why the waste comes out watery and can come out several times a day. This causes digestive system problems, too. In both these cases, essential nutrients are lost.
IBS And Stress – Digestive System Disorder
Studies have shown that stress may play a role in the onset of IBS. Several studies have shown that over fifty percent of the people who are diagnosed with IBS have had some kind of traumatic or emotional event within a few months prior to the onset (US News and World Report). Doctors usually tell their patients to reduce stress and some recommend psychotherapy. They also recommend that the patient treat the symptoms with over the counter medications for constipation and over the counter medications for diarrhea like Kaopectate and Imodium. Lastly, doctors recommend that the patients create a change of life style and increase their health and wellbeing.
IBS – My Story
The time I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I had been suffering with it for almost 7 years. I had the typical symptoms of gas and bloating. I also had severe diarrhea 5 to 10 times a week. It was very embarrassing. If there was no bathroom nearby, I would feel very nervous. This went on and on. After two years of this, I finally went to the doctor. He ran some tests and told me to take some over the counter medicine like Imodium. Unfortunately, this didn’t help much and the Irritable Bowel Syndrome went on for five more years.
About 1 year ago a good friend of mine told me he had just started taking these great supplements for digestive health. He said they did so much more than just help with his digestive system problems. My friend reported that they gave him an increase in energy and a sense of health and wellbeing.
He said the ones he takes are called Probiotics and they contain intestinal flora called acidophilus and bifidus along with other healthy pro flora intestinal bacteria which can change the unhealthy bacteria in the colon into healthy bacteria. He recommended I take them two to three times a day to revitalize my ailing colon.