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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.

Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Only a small number of people with irritable bowel syndrome have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. Others will need medication and counseling.

The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person and often resemble those of other diseases. Among the most common are:

Abdominal pain or cramping
A bloated feeling
Gas
Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
Mucus in the stool

For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.

It's not known exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome, but a variety of factors play a role.

Stress. Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress.

Hormones. Because women are twice as likely to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes play a role in this condition. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.

Food. Many people have more severe symptoms when they eat certain things. A wide range of foods has been implicated — chocolate, spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, carbonated beverages and alcohol to name a few.

Many people have found relief from IBS by drinking juices containing Aloe Vera. Many people reported that a few mouthfuls of Aloe Vera each day helped their IBS. The Medicinal Properties of Aloe have been known for thousands of years and we are only now starting to realize that many illnesses can be helped with Aloe Vera.

 

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