Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, is a disease characterized by periods of abdominal tension and disturbances in normal intestinal transit. It causes episodes of constipation and diarrhea.
The exact cause of this disorder has not yet been identified, but it is thought to be closely related to psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and nervousness. According to Dr. Moleski, “in many people who suffer from this disorder the apparatus is particularly sensitive to a large amount of stimuli”.
Another determining factor are hormonal changes, food intolerances and genetic predisposition.
Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
Depending on the situation, the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome will have to include a number of measures rather than others. However, Dr. Moleski points out that, in general, patients need to make certain changes to their diet.
- Avoid irritating foods, potentially responsible for some episodes.
- Limit the consumption of foods high in specific types of carbohydrates: fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.
- Avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages, with caffeine and artificial substances (especially sorbitol).
- Avoid chewing gum.
- Fructose, the sugar of fruit, berries and some plants, should be taken only in small quantities.
- Eat slowly, unhurriedly, chewing food well and taking time to enjoy the meal.
- Follow your doctor’s advice about taking medications.
- Avoid stressful situations, potentially responsible for the attacks.
- Do regular physical activity to preserve the normal functioning of the digestive system and thus avoid constipation.
- Doing cognitive-behavioral therapy can help the patient to acquire the tools to better manage the stress and negative emotions potentially responsible for attacks.
Natural remedies for relief
According to popular tradition, there are some potentially useful remedies to relieve ailments and improve digestive health. These include ginger and chamomile infusions, two natural ingredients with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of ginger
The main active substance in ginger is commonly known as Gingerol. It gives the plant its characteristic spicy flavor, as well as its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive properties.
- For centuries, ginger has been used as a natural remedy for heavy digestion, as it promotes the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste accumulated in the colon.
- It contains a substance known as Oleoresin which gives it antacid, laxative and antispasmodic properties.
- It is a natural carminative, which means it blocks the production of intestinal gas.
- It improves circulation and, consequently, promotes the expulsion of toxins that travel through the bloodstream.
- It is one of the best natural remedies for nausea, acidity and reflux.
Benefits of chamomile
Chamomile flowers have been used in alternative medicine as a complement against pains, abdominal inflammation and intestinal transit problems.
- Chamomile contains active substances such as organic acids, terpenes and alcohol which give it an anti-inflammatory and calming effect.
- Helps relieve abdominal tension caused by irritable bowel.
- Helps control diarrhea and constipation and reduce gas build-up.
- It has antispasmodic and antacid benefits.
How to prepare a ginger and chamomile tea
- 2 cups of water (500 ml)
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger (5 g)
- 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers (10 g)
- Choice of: 2 tablespoons of honey (50 g)
- Pour the two cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Once the water boils, add the grated ginger root and chamomile flowers.
- Lower the heat and leave to infuse for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Let the infusion cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Pour in the drink and, if you like, add some honey and ice.
Mode of consumption
- Drink the infusion in moderation, never exceeding 3 cups a day.
- If your doctor has advised you not to avoid the consumption of ginger, avoid this preparation and ask him if there are viable alternatives that are right for you.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle first.
- Do not replace drug treatment with this remedy, which could be counterproductive.
Chamomile and ginger are a complement to a healthy lifestyle
Are you struggling with irritable bowel symptoms? Do you suffer from heavy digestion? If the answer is yes, what are you waiting for to try this natural drink to get relief from ailments, to hydrate and to have relief?
For best results, you need to make sure you are maintaining a healthy and balanced diet as directed by your doctor.