• IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome, The most common ailment of the 21st century.

    IBS is the medical phenomenon where one can get an ‘upset stomach’ causing diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, bloating and even a lack of appetite. It is usually the final diagnosis when the doctors and specialists have checked for everything and found nothing.

    The question we should all ask ourselves is – ‘Why are we all suffering from ‘stomach pains’ all of a sudden? The answer could be because of society’s laziness. When it comes to food it has become ‘easy’ to go out a get a takeaway. It has become ‘easy’ to put a pizza in the oven than make a fresh salad. Could it be all the rubbish and chemicals that we are putting in our bodies that is causing our insides to protest? IBS can be caused by a range of factors it can happen following an infection, after maturity (for no particular reason) and finally, the side effects of stress. Stress is the most common cause of IBS. Have you ever had an argument with someone you love or been so nervous before a meeting or public speaking and then suffered from a stomach ache or diarrhea before and after? That is caused by stress!

    People never really understand how your head can cause a stomach pain. The truth is that the brain is a very very clever and unique piece of equipment that we can either utilize, using it to our advantage or to our disadvantage. According to William Whitehead-PhD, a medical professor: “The entire digestive system is closely attuned to a person’s emotions and state of mind.” This is a very important thing to remember when you are viciously ‘slating’ that prawn you ate the other day. Scientists have really seen the existing relationship between the brain and the gut and called it the ‘Brain-Gut Axis’. This has only been a recent discovery but a colossal change in the opposite direction for modern day medicine. However, it works in the same way with regards to if you take medication targeting the brain, then these can occasionally cause nausea. In opposition, if you are constipated this usually portrays itself as a severe head-ache that once the issue has been fixed i.e. you finally pass stools, the headache will disappear.

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