IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome to give it it's full title, is a common condition that affects the digestive system.
It is relatively hard to diagnose IBS as some of the symptoms can be related to other health issues.
Typically the sufferer can experience bloating, stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea.
The symptoms of IBS can be experienced over some time, and can come and go. There is no cure for IBS, but it can be managed quite easily with diet and a few lifestyle changes.
There have been many studies and researches into why people suffer with this condition, but so far, an actual cause has not been identified. It's apparent that things like food sensitivity, stress, anxiety, or even a family history can be factors of 'flare ups'.
Other issues of IBS can be headaches, back pain, and incontinence.
Keeping a diary of what we eat and drink, and how we feel in the time afterwards is a good idea. This will enable us to identify a pattern and try to pinpoint the triggers that cause the problem.
Avoiding food and drinks that are harsh on the gut is recommended. Sometimes the gut can be sensitive, and this will make anything we consume pass through it quickly. A process of elimination should identify what not to consume.
Stress is a major health problem globally. There are different levels of stress and it depends what the cause is as to how high those levels go.
Again, identifying what stresses you or makes you anxious is going to help. Sidestepping these triggers bring a calmness and a coping mechanism. If you notice, when we feel stressed and anxious, those feelings can go straight to our gut!
There are prescription medicines available for IBS, but long term a self help and a homeopathic approach is best.
Firstly, some changes to diet is a good start. Home cooking is preferable, as the ingredients will usually be fresh and free from harmful additives and flavourings, which can upset the gut.
Eating regularly, 3 meals a day is sensible. It's also a good idea to eat at more or less the same time of day, avoiding anything after 6pm. Excessive drinking after this time is best avoided too, as this can upset your sleeping pattern.
Sleep is an important factor when it comes to IBS. Stress and anxiety can keep us awake. Although it's hard to combat sometimes, poor sleep does not help IBS. Creating a new sleep routine will help. Try to unwind a couple of hours before actually going to sleep. Things such as using computers, mobile phones, etc. have been proven to disrupt sleep, so have a downtime and stick to it.
On the homeopathic front, CBD products are a popular choice for many. CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the hemp plant. It's use for medicinal solutions is ever-growing and has proved effective for many.
CBD oil is widely available on the high street now, and online. It is a versatile supplement that can be administered quite easily. Usually available in small dropper bottles, a couple of drops will ease discomfort relatively quickly.
Dropped under the tongue, CBD oil gets quickly into your system. It can be taken at intervals throughout the day. Although if preferred CBD oil can be taken at night before bed. Increase the dosage to 3-4 drops will ensure a restful and rejuvenating sleep.
Contrary to the belief that CBD is mind altering, it absolutely is not. CBD levels are no more that 0.3%, and this is monitored consistently. European Regulations and Guidelines ensure that CBD products are safe to use.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) however, is mind altering and this is where the confusion lies.
CBD is also non-addictive. It is convenient to carry and brings welcomed relief.