As we have already discussed, IBS is strongly linked to stress and hypnotherapy is great for reliving this. There are also a few food types to avoid, and some to eat a lot more of…
Avoid (but you need not eliminate)
Dairy products – A high percentage of people with IBS are really lactose intolerant. Either get a test for lactose intolerance from your Doctor, or give up dairy products for a few days and see how it goes.
Fatty foods – You know what they are. Fried foods, chocolate, mayonnaise, etc.
Acidic foods – Apples, oranges, vinegar, cider, wine, etc.
Coffee, coffee, coffee! – Sorry coffee lovers, but you could try decaf, or cut down.
Fibre – Many people with IBS report vast improvements by increasing fibre in their diets. The non-soluble type, found in bran, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are best.
Fluid – Generally drink between six and eight glasses of water per day, preferably water.
Alcohol – Didn’t I say avoid it? Yes, but a little of what you fancy does you good. If you must drink, avoid red wine and beer. The complex carbohydrates in beer and the tannin in red wine cause the most distress.
Exercise – Exercise strengthens the body, and hence the bowels. It can also reduce stress, and release endorphins, which help control pain.
Hypnotherapy is great at treating IBS. It helps relax you AND modify your behaviours…
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