Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Commonly known as IBS. Apparently, this gastrointestinal condition affects 10-20% of the population in the UK, and is even thought to be higher due to those not seeking medical advice. Wow! That’s a lot of people that shouldn’t be tormented by the cramping, pain and bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation that is associated with the disease. So why have the statistics increased, not only in the UK, but worldwide? One answer. Health…or lack of it! From experience, Revolution has had many members come to us with IBS, and by changing their lifestyle habits; successful resolution of IBS typically occurs within a few months!
So how can we improve it via what we eat? Well high-soluble fibre foods are the first and most important curative tool. Chia seeds is one of the best examples of this, as they absorb water, forming a viscous gel. When consumed, they form a gel in the digestive tract, counteracting diarrhea by absorbing any water, and also adding bulk to the stool to resolve constipation. Don’t worry – we’re not asking you to consume chia seeds everyday even though they can go with anything, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and oats are all soluble fibre rich foods!
So increasing our soluble fibre is one thing, but we also need to remove foods from our diet to reduce IBS. Sugar, white flour, processed foods, and foods cooked in oil, are all significant triggers for IBS. So why not introduce steamed but also raw vegetables at each meal instead of fried and packaged produce? Other dietary triggers include wheat, gluten, dairy, and fructose. So, by restricting or avoiding one or more of these substances, will also improve and speed up the recovery process of IBS.
So, as you know Rev.Fitness offers our nutritional plan phase by phase which is all ‘IBS management’ approved. But it’s not all about what we eat, it’s how active we are too! Yup! Exercise actually helps IBS sufferers by accelerating their colon transit time and helping to normalise the altered contractions of the muscles that mix and propel contents in the gastrointestinal tract which is commonly seen in IBS patients.
So there you have it. How easy is that? After weeks, months or even years of maybe suffering with IBS, you can actually cure it yourself by improving your health and lifestyle. And remember, if you do want a little bit more info ask a Rev.Coach! That’s what we’re here for!
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