If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), adding some 'friendly' bacteria, such as acidophilus, to your diet can be an effective form of IBS treatment. There are also a host of other ways by which you can reduce the pain of IBS. Here are our ten top tips...
1. Have a massage
A massage that follows a gentle clockwise motion on the abdomen or lower back can help to reduce stress levels, which are a major trigger of IBS symptoms. In addition, a massage can improve blood flow and reduce the severity of muscle cramps.
Stress and anxiety can trigger IBS, so if you feel in pain, try to relax; perhaps by listening to some calming music or going to sleep. Exercise is also useful. A low-impact activity such as yoga can help by relaxing the mind and improving circulation to release muscle cramps.
3. Have a hot bath
Heat therapy can be an effective way to reduce IBS discomfort. A hot bath helps to ease tension in the muscles, gut and pelvis, reducing your pain.
4. Try heat pads or hot water bottles
Similarly, applying a heat pad or hot water bottle to painful areas, particularly the stomach, can be effective in soothing aches caused by IBS.
5. Try an anti-spasmodic
A common symptom of IBS is muscle cramps. If you suffer from these, your doctor can prescribe an anti-spasmodic medication, which can help to reduce cramps and abdominal pain.
6. Swap codeine for paracetamol
If you need to use pain killers, codeine may cause a side effect of constipation. To avoid this, try using paracetamol instead.
7. Isolate trigger foods
Certain foods or drinks can aggravate IBS symptoms, so keeping a food diary can prove to be effective in identifying what doesn’t agree with you. From here, you can isolate the foods that trigger your symptoms and remove them from your diet.
8. Try a calming tea
Peppermint tea is popular for aiding digestion, and has been found to help with the relief of abdominal gas, bloating, and muscle spasms. Try a cup of Simply Enhance Tum Eaze tea to help relax the digestive system.
9. Take a daily dose of magnesium
Magnesium can help with constipation by drawing water to the digestive tract to make stools easier to pass.
10. Add some friendly bacteria
Taking a daily acidophilus supplement may help to promote the growth of 'friendly bacteria’ within the digestive system.