IBS Triggers Archive
There are two important rules to remember in the self-help approach to IBS. You have made the important decision to take charge of what’s going on with your body, now that, hooray! the doctors and technicians have found none of the majors. You don’t have cancer. You don’t have Crohn’s Disease. You don’t have gall […]
In this post I will try to outline the basics of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) therapy. The harsh truth is that there is no magic pill or potion. IBS is a condition rather than an illness. I know, when you are in the middle of the current round of bodily “wrongness” that is IBS, you […]
Don’t Drink the Water
In my teens, quite a while ago, I often mentioned tummy pains to my family doctor. While the diagnosis of IBS didn’t exist, he did give me a word of wisdom that helped. He said: “Don’t drink ice water!”
I have now extended that to “Don’t drink cold, refrigerated water!” I have a […]
I don’t endorse enthusiastically the “Help for IBS” Website and newsletter, for a couple of reasons.
First, the diet she endorses is very high in carbohydrates, with limited attention to protein intake. That’s possibly good and necessary if you are thin, with IBS-D. It is not the healthy diet currently recommended, and she/her staff incorrectly states […]
The other caution about the Revival Soy site is this page, that might be the first page you see if you search on Revival Soy. The Revival Soy Bars aren’t suitable for many people with IBS because they have dairy and sweeteners that cause problems. The shakes offered, again, are not suitable for many people […]
Once upon a time, I began the day with strong, strong instant coffee, sweetened with three or four packets of Splenda ™. That was enough to send my gastrocolic reflex into paroxysms of activity (diabolical, you might say). I came across a web site that mentioned that Splenda was associated with producing gas; I already had read this about other artificial sweeteners. I did try cutting down on the Splenda, with
Generally for the first meal of the day, I take some time and ritualize the experience. I learned from Heather Van Vorous’s website about the Gastrocolic reflex. This reflex–I don’t know where it’s located, or precisely how it acts, but I have experienced what it does–this reflex is a reaction to what is taken in by mouth. It stands at the gateway and says “Pass without problems” or “Stop. Let’s
On Sunday night, following Saturday’s three-tea night, I also fixed myself three teas. This time I had one fennel tea using fennel seeds, one anise tea made from tea bags, and one fennel-anise mixed tea, also using tea bags. They were spaced out over four hours, instead of concentrated into one.
I thought, on Sunday morning, when I was feeling better, “How do I know it’s from the teas? Maybe I