Ayurvedic treatment for Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases. IBS is also known as nervous colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis. The long-term irritable bowel disease includes constipation alternating with diarrhoea, bloating, gas, mucus in stools and general indigestion. IBS can create very excruciating and unnerving stomach aches in affected patients. Even though it is not a serious health problem, IBC can very negatively affect an individual’s day to day life with recurrent abdominal pain.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
In an Ayurvedic view, IBS is a condition of the body due to the imbalance in Tridoshas; Vata, Pitha, and Kabha. If you ask ‘What is the core cause of IBS’, Ayurveda explains it as signs of an imbalance of Vata, the dosha associated with air. Like the wind, the vatic conditions are also unpredictable! The signs of Vata can be preeminently identified in the colon, and when in imbalance it creates symptoms like gas, omitting tendency and constipation. Apart from the symptoms in the colon, Vatic discrepancy can also lead to dryness in different body parts, unpredictable menses in women or fluctuating blood sugar.
SYMPTOMS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
The symptoms of IBS will vary for different individuals according to the nature of their body. Some of the common symptoms of the disease are:
- Abdominal Pain
- Altered Bowel Habits
- Alternating Diarrhea
- Chest Pain
- Urologic Dysfunction
- Gynaecological Symptoms
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR IBS
The treatments start with detoxification for eliminating unwanted from the body. Then using rejuvenating medicines and therapies the balance of Vata dosha are corrected and maintained.
Lifestyle management through Ayurveda
As IBS is a lifestyle disease, Ayurveda focuses on correcting the slip-ups happening with the day to day life routines of individuals with perfect training and guidance.
• Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is the best Ayurvedic treatment for IBS. It helps to correct almost all the core reasons why the disease affects.
• Grahani Ayurveda Diet
As IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder, Ayurveda prescribes a special diet for Grahani affected individuals to follow. The diet helps to enhance the curing speed of the disease.
What is the Ayurvedic diet for IBS?
Ayurveda explains the main cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as the faulty dietary habits which is also a cause of all Gastro-intestinal (GI) diseases. The sedentary lifestyle and stressful life also make the condition worse. About 60-65% of clinical cases are reported for the Gastro- intestinal disorders where the patient shows psychosomatic symptoms related to mind and body.
Fruits and nuts that can be consumed for IBS
Fruits and nuts are good for your IBS as they contain a large number of nutrients in it. But also there are few fruits which make your IBS condition worse as well. It is important to choose fruits that are low in FODMAPs for a smart and safe cure. Always remember not to eat too many fruits in one sitting or in one day or you may overcome the body’s ability to imbibe the sugar content from fruit without getting fermented. The fruits that can be consumed during IBS are:
- Avocado (1/8 of the whole)
- Honeydew melon
- Mandarin oranges
Nuts are a better solution for your IBS as they contain a good source of fibers, proteins and Omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Don’t get confused by the old beliefs that nuts make you fat. They actually satisfy our body after a meal and thus make us less snacking. The unsaturated fat contained in nuts helps to lower your body cholesterol. The fat in nuts is healthy fat which is good for your gut and IBS as well. The nuts with low FODMAPs are:
- Brazil Nuts
- Macadamia nuts
- Pine nuts
Vegetables, Non- Vegetables and Fishes that can be consumed for IBS
Based on the past experience, most of the people having IBS will avoid vegetables from their diet as they have found that eating vegetables make the IBS worse though they are good for your gut flora. When you choose vegetables during IBS, always remember to select vegetables that do not cause gas or bloating. Given below is the list of vegetable that is identified safe by the FODMAP researchers from Australia. You may start with this list of vegetables and slowly increase the range of vegetable consumption.
- Bamboo shoots
- Water chestnut
- Bell peppers
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
Non- Veg and meat consumption during IBS
The lean meats are protein-rich which is easily digestible and are not fermentable by the gut bacteria. Thus no unwanted intestinal gases are formed due to the lack of fermentation. Hence you can choose any of the following meat without hesitation:
- Lean cuts of beef
- White meat turkey
- White Meat Chicken
Always try to avoid dark meat chicken or turkey and beef that are marbles, as their fatty cuts may contain unhealthy toxins and pro-inflammatory fats. But it is safe if you source grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork or the free range poultry. As they are raised in an optimal atmosphere, their fat may be beneficial instead.
Fishes containing Omega 3 fatty acids
The Omega 3 fatty acids play a pivotal role in body with it6s anti-inflammatory nature. As the inflammation increases the IBS symptoms, increased consumption of Omega 3 will help you. The fish sources with Omega 3 content are:
- Rainbow trout
- Black Cod
- Wild-caught salmon
WHAT TO DRINK FOR IBS?
• The fruit juices
Fruit juices are ideal for IBS especially the juice of Bananas, grapes, lemon, pineapples’ and cranberries as they don’t contain corn syrup. It is even better if you do not add sugar and are made from the fresh organic fruits. Sweetening can be dangerous for some people but are safe for more people.
• Vegetable juices
The vegetables which lower the FODMAP includes carrots, cucumber, ginger, pumpkin, tomatoes, yams, eggplant, squash, taro, turnip, zucchini, scallions, spinach, parsley, chives, celery, and broccoli. The eggplant and squash are not suitable for some people. Therefore always check it before consumption.
• Decaffeinated coffee and tea
You can either choose decaffeinated coffee and tea or you can make the caffeinated coffee weak for consumption, as the caffeine content make the IBS worse.
• Herbal tea
Herbal Tea is ideal for IB. they can be consumed without any hesitation as it does not contain caffeine and they are a great choice in both iced and hot nature.
• All ginger drinks
Ginger drinks do not contain high fructose corn syrups, honey or any sweeteners which are high in FODMAP. Hence the Ginger tea, punches or beers can be consumed
• Dairy-free milk
The dairy-free milk like oat milk, lactose-free milk, and rice milk contain low FODMAPs.
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