Everyone has an upset stomach from time to time.
You probably know the sort of thing I mean – sometimes you’ve got gas and at other times you feel queasy or nauseous. There may be times when you can’t seem to go to the toilet for days, constipated as can be, but there are other days when diarrhoea strikes and you can’t stop going!
Although we all know that there are some foods or drinks that might prompt our digestive system to react in a certain way – a big meal of very spicy food sends many people scurrying to the bathroom for example – the only really predictable thing about our digestive system is its unpredictability.
However, because for most of us our digestive system acts the way we expect it to most of the time, we don’t really give a great deal of thought to what our colon and gastrointestinal system are doing unless it is ‘misbehaving’.
This is not the case for everyone, however. A surprisingly high number – some reports suggest that it could be as many as one in five US citizens suffers from a chronic condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for these people, what their digestive system is doing can often dictate what they do too.
As with the majority of non-life threatening medical conditions, there are essentially two ways that you can deal with IBS.
Option one is to visit your doctor or another medical care professional, get a prescribed pharmaceutical medicine and take it. This option might be an effective way of managing your condition but as with many pharmaceutical situations and the drugs related to them, you have to consider the side effects before deciding whether this approach to IBS is the right one for you.
The second alternative is to do things the natural way, dealing with your condition using only treatment methods and substances that in many examples have been used for hundreds and thousands of years.
Hence, whilst I will highlight some medicines that your doctor is likely to prescribe for IBS and the possible adverse consequences of using them, the main focus of this book is very firmly fixed on giving you all the information you could ever need about dealing with IBS 100% naturally.
In doing this, the idea is to encourage you to at least try to handle irritable bowel syndrome naturally before turning to chemical-based pharmaceutical drugs because dealing with the problem naturally is simply a better way of doing so.