Do you have irritable bowel? If so, discover how to alleviate its most common symptoms and discomforts, with tips for its effective natural treatment.
The intestines are characterized by being the tubular visceral part of our digestive system, which extend from the stomach to the anus. We find them in the abdominal cavity, and they are divided into the small intestine (it can reach 8 meters), and the large intestine (measures between 1 and 1.5 meters). Among other basic functions, the intestines are essential because they extract the different and different nutrients from the food we consume every day through our diet or daily food.
There are several diseases and disorders that can affect the intestines. One of the most common is inflammatory bowel disease, which is characterized by inflammation of the intestine, causing the lining of the intestinal wall to become red and swollen. We can also mention what is known as irritable bowel, which is popular but has a particularity that few people really know: a patient is diagnosed with irritable bowel when the medical specialist is not able to identify any other cause. For this to be the case, your symptoms need to be felt for 12 weeks out of a year.
Its most common symptoms are: gas, abdominal swelling, continuous constipation which alternates with periods of diarrhea, cramps, the need to go to the bathroom after getting up or after eating, having the feeling of not having finished the evacuation completely, and cramps. ABS.
There are some useful tips that can help in relieving irritable bowel symptoms. Here we highlight the most important ones:
Eat slowly and chew your food well
Eating slowly, and chewing food well, is essential when it comes to maintaining good digestive and intestinal health. Why? Very simple: by chewing food well and patiently, you will make it less heavy for your stomach, which will help you to have good digestion and your body will be able to better absorb the nutrients from the food you eat.
It is also very important to do it slowly, since in this way you will give your brain time to receive the different signals that will indicate that your stomach is full and satiated.
Avoid eating before going to bed
Whether you have an irritable bowel or not, it is never advisable to eat just before going to bed, since you will not help your digestive system work properly, and you will also feel heavy, heartburn and indigestion.
It is always best to wait 2-3 hours before going to sleep. That is, if, for example, you usually have dinner at eight or nine o’clock at night, it is best to wait until eleven or twelve o’clock.
When the intestine is resentful: soft diet
The soft diet is a type of diet based on foods that do not overload the stomach or intestines. We must bear in mind that irritable bowel tends to occur with moments of constipation, and then with other stages of diarrhea. In these cases it is essential to establish two types of diets:
Soft diet for episodes of diarrhea
In these cases, it is best to opt for a soft astringent diet, which helps not to overload the stomach on the one hand, while on the other it helps to stop and reduce diarrhea.
Most recommended foods when there is irritable bowel with diarrhea:
- White rice: it is a well-known popular food in these cases, and excellent when it comes to stopping diarrhea. It is, in fact, highly recommended for those who gluten causes uncomfortable symptoms, such as flatulence. On the other hand, we can also mention rice water, an ideal remedy also in cases of diarrhea.
- Carrots: they are ideal when we combine them cooked with white rice. They provide fiber and beta-carotene that help in a very positive way when it comes to caring for – and protecting – the intestinal mucosa.
- Apples: we can mention the baked apple, a food very rich in fiber, especially recommended in case of irritable bowel with diarrhea.
- Vegetable drinks: such as rice milk or oat milk. These types of drinks are ideal to replace animal milk, not so advisable in case of irritable bowel.
- Low-fat yogurts: being products that provide probiotics, they help to regenerate the intestinal flora in a completely natural way.
Foods not recommended when there is irritable bowel with diarrhea:
- Milk and dairy products, such as butter, yogurt and cheese. They irritate the walls of the intestinal tract, due to their lactose content.
- Foods rich in insoluble fiber, such as nuts or wheat bran, as they tend to stimulate the intestines a lot and can even increase diarrhea.
Soft diet for episodes of constipation
In these cases, it is best to opt for a soft, non-astringent diet, preferably rich in fiber. Therefore, the key this time is to opt for foods rich in fiber. The following foods stand out:
- Whole grains: they are ideal for breakfast, for example, accompanied by a cup or bowl of a vegetable drink, such as soy milk, rice milk or oat milk.
- Oat bran: it is a food extremely rich in soluble fiber. The most advisable thing is to take between 3 to 4 tablespoons daily, distributed in 3 or 4 doses diluted in half a glass of water, natural juice or cereal vegetable drink.
- Flax seeds: they are especially rich in fiber. It is advisable to take 1 or 2 tablespoons a day accompanied by a large glass of water.
- Chia seeds: like flax seeds, they stand out for being rich in fiber. The steps to follow are the same, being advisable to take 1 or 2 tablespoons a day.
- Spinach: they stand out for being a very easy food to digest, as well as being very rich in fiber.
- Carrots: it stands out not only for being a very interesting food for cases of irritable bowel with diarrhea, but also for cases when there is constipation. They are very rich in pectin.
Chamomile and mint infusion
Digestive infusions are natural remedies that are especially useful when you suffer from indigestion, heavy digestion and irritable bowel. On this occasion we want to focus on the infusion of mint and chamomile, thanks to the fact that it is a drink with medicinal benefits with a digestive and calming effect.
To make the infusion you only need the equivalent of a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of chamomile and 1 tablespoon of mint. Boil the water in a saucepan, but when it reaches the boiling point add the plants, and let it boil for 3 minutes. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and leave to rest for another 2 minutes. Finally strain and drink.
If you wish, you can take this infusion 3 times a day, preferably after meals.
Chamomile essential oil massage
In addition to the fact that dried chamomile flowers are interesting in the form of an infusion due to their calming and relaxing action, did you know that with their essential oil you can perform a useful massage to calm pain and relax both the stomach and the intestine?
It’s very simple: you just have to apply a little chamomile essential oil and gently massage your abdomen.