What do you regularly eat on your IBS Diet?
A Keen Eye on your diet when you’re suffering with or have been suffering with IBS is key to healing your body and your digestive system. And what goes into your body will have a huge effect on how your body feels and responds to the minerals and nutrients that you’ve eaten.
If you currently have or have had an IBS diagnosis what does that actually mean? Many people don’t actually know what it is and why it happens. As many Doctors now are over worked and have too many patients and not enough time and many are underinformed on why specific conditions happen or what causes them in the first place and they don’t really have time to ask how You are. Well simply IBS is an irritated digestive system meaning that the food that is going into your mouth is causing you irritation as it’s digested. Somewhere along your digestive tract, which begins at your mouth, where you chew the food and ends at your large intestine where the digested food and waste come out. There are many contributing factors to this condition and the good news is that most anything is curable with the right guidance.
Firstly, what is an IBS Diet?
An IBS diet is a restrictive or elimination diet protocol where you start to exclude certain foods from your daily eating routine.
An example of an IBS diet is one that maybe excludes wheat or gluten. So a gluten free diet is an IBS diet. Many people have seen huge benefits by cutting out certain food groups or food types and hence restricting the type of foods that they eat each day. This does not need to be a drastic cut out everything as most people believe or try. Sometimes slowly reducing the types of foods that is in your daily diet will allow you time to adjust to the new regime. You can then find new substitutes or alternatives to replace the items that you are eliminating. Well not too often this can seem like a huge undertaking and a little overwhelming. Once or twice a day you could make little incremental changes. This gives you time and will slowly help you to make healthier lifestyle choices and make a huge difference to your overall health long term.
Low Fat IBS Diet?
A large trend from previous generations was to focus on removing fat from your diet. This was totally disregarding the fact that some fats are actually vitally important for normal functioning of your body. It was regularly touted that to eat fat means you get fat and this kind of sounds logical. However it’s not just as simple as all fat is bad. There are a variety of fats that are available to eat and some of these are absolutely necessary for a fully functioning immune system. A healthy digestive system and an optimal hormonal system. It is very very important to ensure that you have GOOD fats in your diet. Check out this video.
Omega 3 is one of these important and essential oils/ fats that everyone should have each day. This fat feeds your brain and nervous system and reduces inflammation in your body. These can come from a clean source of high-grade fish oils (Omega 3). Omega 3 is made up of DHA and EPA. DHA is essential for eye health and brain development and EPA reduces cellular inflammation.
Fats from animals that have been fed grass, like organic grass-fed cows produce excellent Ghee. This is an exception to the above dairy comments as the cows are less likely to have been mass farmed and grass fed organic cows are more likely to be healthy and not pumped full of antibiotics.
Note that if an animal has been reared and fed a diet of corn and grains, it’s fat and meat will contain high amounts of Omega 6 fat, which is good in small amounts, however bad in large amounts and this is the kind of fat that clogs your arteries if not cleansed or detoxified from your system.
A great article on EPA and DHA can be read here:
Sugar free IBS Diet
Eliminating sugar and simple carbohydrates from your new IBS diet is probably not something that you have come across or may have even considered. Sugar and carbohydrates or specifically how your body reacts to them is key to your long term health and recovery. Sugar causes havoc in your body from the moment it enters into your mouth. If you’re unsure or would like a little proof regarding this dramatic change, Cut out refined sugar from your new IBS diet for one week and notice the difference it makes to your overall health. As a side note Sugar feeds Cancer. – Check out this simple and short 10 minute video.
Exercise and an IBS Diet.
How much exercise are you regularly doing? A little gentle exercise when you start or are on any kind of IBS diet is very important to your recovery. Specifically when you begin to cut out certain food groups from your Diet to improve IBS symptoms. Once you cut out the offending food group your body may need time to detoxify all the remnants of the irritant that you’ve been eating. Exercising whilst this is going on will allow the lymphatic system to begin to gently remove the toxins that have built up and your body can start to repair naturally. Breathing exercises are really really important to this process and will speed up the healing process. This is a really simple technique that can be done each day and only lasts 10 minutes.
A Feasting and Fasting IBS Diet. (AKA Intermittent fasting 16/8)
Intermittent fasting is incredible for your health and will have a huge impact on your symptoms. Combining the above information, eating an organic diet and only eating once a day or only eating during 6-8 hours of the day will re-set your immune system and kick your body into super healing mode. Your body will therefore start to heal really fast. – Please consult your doctor before starting any rigorous changes to your diet. -There is tonnes of information online regaridng the super benefits of Intermittent fasting and here’s a collection of Joe Rogan interviews on intermittent fasting to give you a taste!
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