Irritable Colon

Currently called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it is a group of functional disorders that are characterized by causing abdominal pain and abdominal discomfort (an unpleasant sensation that is not described as pain) when the person is about to defecate, which are associated with changes in the rhythm of evacuations and/or their characteristics, which affect people’s quality of life.

This syndrome is present when there is no metabolic or structural disorder, or any infection that justifies the appearance of symptoms.

IBS is very difficult to identify, since there is no specific clinical test or analysis that serves to diagnose and treat this syndrome, in addition to which it is often related to other diseases such as fibromyalgia, depression and chronic fatigue, in addition to other alterations such as low back pain and headaches.

This is how there are other symptoms that, accompanied by the main ones, help to characterize or differentiate the syndrome, these are: abnormal frequency in the number of stools, goat feces, pasty or liquid feces, feeling of urgency to defecate, feeling of incomplete evacuation , straining to get a bowel movement, presence of mucus in the stool and a feeling of bloating and/or abdominal gas.

On the other hand, the food that is eaten is of vital importance for people with IBS, since most of them have mild symptoms, or symptoms that come and go, which are commonly related to food or stress. In these cases, it is necessary to identify which are the foods that cause the appearance of the symptoms and try to avoid them as much as possible.

Studies have revealed that the foods that mostly cause symptoms are: coffee, alcohol, dairy products and foods rich in fat. It is also recommended to avoid or reduce the consumption of potatoes, pasta, bread, pizza, cakes, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, grains such as chickpeas, lentils and peas, leafy vegetables, sauces with fried oil, citrus fruits, hot peppers, onions and Peppers.

However, this diet is not strict or homogeneous for all cases. That is why the person must focus on identifying which are the foods that activate the igniter of the symptoms, to create their own diet and thus try to lead an optimal life. Also, drinking water helps a lot to avoid symptoms.

It is very important that the person suffering from irritable bowel understands that the cause of the pain they feel is not a life-threatening disease, such as cancer for example. Thus, even emotions influence the increase or relief of pain, since it is said that this syndrome is caused in many cases by the influence of psychological factors, which produce digestive alterations and/or sensitivity.