Last week on Instagram, I shared a very personal and honest struggle I deal with behind closed doors. I touched on my main symptom in the videos I shared, but chose not to go into detail, until now. For as far back as I can remember, I have suffered from IBS. IBS is a painful gastrointestinal condition. The main symptom I suffer with specifically is severe bloating. There has not been one full day in the past, let say, 10 years that I have not suffered from sharp pains or intense stomach pressure. My bloating is very predictable. The only time I feel comfortable throughout the day, is early in the morning before I eat anything. From breakfast to bed time, my stomach gradually bloats. With the intent to share my story with my followers, last week I decided to take before and after videos to compare the drastic difference of my pre-bloat/bloated tummy. By doing so, I gained some insight into what others who are also suffering do, to alleviate their pain. Below, I will share a little bit more about my story and what has/hasn’t worked for me as well as list the recommendations I received.
There is little research surrounding IBS and hence, no cure. In fact, I had been suffering for years before I was even diagnosed with the condition. I have been prescribed countless medications, undergone numerous invasive procedures, and tried several diets, but the severe bloating still persists.
In all honesty, the side effects caused by IBS are a constant disruption to my quality of life. There are afternoons/evenings that the pain is so bad, I have no other choice, but to lay in bed in fetal position until the pain passes, and often times it doesn’t. Even if I am stressed out from something completely unrelated, I see a simultaneous reaction in my stomach. Turns out, stress can affect your nerves, making your digestive system overactive. My diet is so restrictive that planning meals or eating out can seem like a chore. Finding restaurants that cater to such delicate stomachs are not easy to come by, y’all! Although I have a general idea of the specific foods that heighten my bloating, there are times when it can be completely unpredictable.
What frustrates me the most about the condition is that IBS tends to be a paradox. We are told that increasing our fiber intake can treat symptoms of IBS but yet one of the biggest causes of bloating is dietary fiber -____- Due to necessity/desire to stick to a healthy diet, I ate a lot of fiber so tons of oatmeal and quinoa/brown rice. Turns out, I had been consuming way too much fiber, and after cutting the fiber sources out completely in this past week, my bloating has gone down significantly. But again, this is a catch 22.
Okay well enough about me..
Foods I stray away from:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Dark Meats
- Fried Foods
- Cow Milk
Remedies I find helpful w bloating:
- Green tea w Honey & Lemon
- Fresh pressed juice: Carrot, OJ, Ginger
- Pho (believe it or not, the ginger in the broth helps settle down my stomach)
- Hot compress/water placed directly on my tummy
- Reduce fiber intake
Recommendations my followers have believed to have helped them:
- Rx Select- Turmeric Capsules
- A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar in the AM
- Warm water w honey
- Digestive Enzyme
- Ginger Pills
- High fat/protein / low carb diet
- No gluten
- Salt water
Now, I’m obviously not a doctor, but I hope to have shed some light on this incredibly frustrating condition. Remember ya’ll, if life gives you lemons, add some to a warm cup of water, ha! Xo
6 thoughts on “How to Combat Bloating…Or Try To”
Hey Jasmin, look up Scott Matthias https://www.gutfixx.com. He sells the green papaya powder which is helpful for healing the gut and helping with digestion. I personally don’t have IBS, so I can’t say it works for sure, but Scott is a local Noosa man I have followed for years and I trust his insight, he has written books on the topic so he knows his stuff.
Wow, awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendation, Danielle! I will be sure to check him out 🙂
Hey girl, really good article – I too have suffered IBS and can totally relate – it’s no fun. Not only is it painful, but the bloating really doesn’t do wonders for confidence does it! I’ve tried out tonnes of solutions over the past 6 years to now avail, but I finally tried out acupuncture and it’s done absolute wonders for me – I can’t recommend it enough. I did a post on it over on my blog if you’re interested (http://www.chasingnewyork.net/lifestyle/how-acupuncture-cured-my-ibs/) and I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have! It’s genuinely changed my life not having to deal with severe IBS in my daily life and I’d never really heard about acupuncture as a treatment, so I really hope this could work for you too.
Hope you sort it soon ❤
Best wishes, Georgia // http://www.chasingnewyork.net
Wow girl!! Thanks so much for this article! I’m sorry you are a sufferer as well but glad you’ve found what has worked for you! I will def do some research on acupuncture! Thanks again ❤
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It really sucks when people can’t relate to it, I always felt so bad talking about it to others as didn’t wanna seem a burden but obviously when it’s affecting our daily life so much it’s a big deal! Always here if you wanna talk 😘 x
Oh, for sure!! It is def a silent disease, but a very painful one! Thanks girl, right back at ya (:
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