Stress, IBS, and 5 tips on healing
Who has heard of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
There are like 3 or 4 new commercials with medication geared toward treating IBS since some people have constipation and some have diarrhea and some vacillate between the two it would make sense that there are multiple medications.
What if I told you that they often mask the root cause, and in the case of IBS don't really even work that well. First of all let me clarify that IBS is a combination of symptoms and a diagnosis that many are given when they have exhausted their doctors and specialists and no one can figure out what is wrong with them.
- Abdominal Pain
- Diarrhea and Constipation
- Mucous in stool
Often you will hear...
Well Mrs. Smith I don't know why you have all of these GI issues your labs are "fine", your scope looked "fine", and there is no reason why you feel this way. As is the case with most abdominal issues in the female community you are looked at as someone who is exaggerating your symptoms. so you leave feeling defeated, and not knowing what to do because oh yeah they also told you that it couldn't be anything your eating or your lifestyle.
I could go on for days about how foods can impact IBS, and in the next few weeks or months you will get to learn more about eating a low fodmap, SCD, paleo mostly diet while healing my gut and still breastfeeding two nurslings. However today we will talk a little about finding your zen, getting your PNS (peripheral nervous system) to kick in , and letting some stress go. Can we even talk about mindset.
I am a super type A, driven, motivated, and somewhat challenging human being. I am a working mom, a wife, a household manager, and an RN. I give 110% all the time to everyone I love, and some people I don't even really like that much. My husband is in ND school and lives away from home 5 days a week while I learn how to manage our 3 amazingly strong willed female humans and all the fun and frustration that entails. I would say on a scale of 1-10 my stress can be close to an 8 at times.
5 Tips to manage IBS
1. Learn how to breath: no seriously, use your belly, stop and take a deep breath or 4 everyhour and see how that treats your head space.
2. Take a walk: actually breathing fresh air makes a huge difference in our bodies chemistry. Even a walk with 3 kids and a dog can be relaxing if you let yourself breath, like actually breath with your belly. Also it is good for you and gets you some nutritious movement.
3. Do yoga: even 5 minutes in the living room with 3 dogs, 3 kids, and some ridiculous cartoons on helps your body chill the F out.
4. Figure out your triggers: mine is my 4 year old and my 14 month old fighting in the car. Guess what I moved their seats, they don't sit by eachother. No more mommy freak outs, and no more IBS flares on the ride home from school. Boom problem solved (well sort of)
5. Get out of your fight or flight: this is where #1,2,3 and 4 come in. When you can breath, move and stop triggers you can start to heal, get out of your sympathetic nervous system response, and allow for your body to heal. Just think of rest and digest. The gut can't digest, or rest when your adrenaline is all jacked up.
Give it a try. Try just one thing and let me know how it worked for you.
And seriously if your kids fight in the car, separate them. Your belly and mind will thank you for it.