Navigating through IBS
Since being diagnosed with IBS, or irritable bowl syndrome last week, I've been pretty much M.I.A from everything. I've never experienced something so painful and debilitating; yes, even worse than I ever remember labor being. It, also, came out of nowhere totally throwing me off. One week I'm enjoying cheese and the next the very same delicious cheese, that I have never been able to live without, is waking me up in the middle of the night with intense, sharp abdominal cramping and pain. It's an incredible helpless feeling when it feels like your body is attacking you and you don't know why.
Did you Know?
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome is a physical brain-gut dysfunction that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating.
- IBS is the largest chronic health disorder in the United States.
- IBS affects twice as many women as men.
With the right diet, IBS symptoms can be prevented. Learning what works to control symptoms can be done through mere trial and error by trying different foods and seeing how your body reacts. Thanks to Heather's Tummy Care, here's an IBS cheat sheet:
Heather's Tummy Care has been a heaven-sent for me during this time. Her cheat sheet along with her amazing products have been so helpful in alleviating my IBS pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating. I look forward to trying her IBS friendly recipes from her book Eating For IBS.
I don't know why this happened to me. Despite having a clean, healthy diet, I still developed this disorder, but I do know that I refuse to let it control or define me. Through informing myself and experimentation, I will figure this out. Change is hard, but living a life of pain is so much harder. Here's to getting through the obstacles life throws at us with vigor and grace; mama style!