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Bloating and Irritable Bowel syndrome

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Bloating and Irritable Bowel syndrome
Gastrointestinal dysmotility

A major cause of most Gastrointestinal problems is due to what is termed gastrointestinal dysmotility or problems associated with the peristaltic waves created by the muscular wall of the tube that forms the alimentary canal.

To appreciate this fact more clearly one needs to visualise the gastrointestinal tract as one long muscular tube that starts at the back of the throat and ends at the anal exit. The inside lining of the tube varies in different areas and some parts appear narrow and long while others are wide, short and cavernous. Other parts appear round and hollow. The common factor is the muscular layer that is present throughout the tube. This muscular layer is responsible for propelling and mixing or churning of food particles and waste products of digestion, depending on where the content happens to be.
This muscular layer is active day and night and responds to various stimuli by either contracting or relaxing to carry out its various functions. The presence of different types of foods, medicines, the state of our mind-anxiety and stress, how active we are and the general health status of the muscular tube determines the response.
When the muscular tube does not contract or relax in response to stimulation in order to produce the expected response, we experience what is termed the Irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome is associated with a group of distressing abdominal and bowel symptoms. The particular symptoms presented by any one person at any one time depend on which part of the muscular tube is affected.

The symptoms of Constipation alternating with diarrhoea and bloating together with abdominal cramping, pain and nausea describes the syndrome in a nutshell.

Abdominal bloating and nausea soon after a meal is due to distention or stretching of the muscle layer in the stomach and upper small intestines. Certain foods, mainly oily and fatty foods, dairy products and fried foods tend to affect the musculature in such a way that there is a delay in emptying of the stomach and propulsion of food content into the duodenum and further. The sphincter valve called the pyloric sphincter does not relax to create an opening when required to do so. This creates the typical symptoms of bloating and nausea.

When the muscles that make up the tubular wall of the colon fail to perform or are underactive, the result is a sluggish colon and can cause constipation due the formation of a hard stool, and abdominal bloating.

Diarrhoea and urgency with incontinence is associated with over-activity of the muscles that make up the wall of the colon. This is an excessive response to the normal stimuli that cause the muscles to contract in order to initiate the contraction waves that aid in the propulsion of faecal matter into the rectum and towards the anus for expulsion.
Eating and drinking, Exercise and movement, the act of getting out of bed in the morning, anxiety and stress can all contribute to the reflex contraction of the muscles of the large intestines and the resultant mass waves that propel content downward towards the rectum and anus.
Eating foods containing agents which may contribute to the normal propulsive contractions may aggravate the situation. Spicy food is known to do this.

Abdominal pain and distention can result when small segments of the muscles that make up the tube contract in a disorderly way leading to spasms of the muscle.

The spasm is often severe enough to block this segment of the intestine and allow the propulsion of content to proceed normally further downstream. This can lead to distention of the intestine due to build up of gas and faecal matter above the blockage causing pain and bloating.

Stress, anxiety ,worry, nervousness or excitement of all type originating from day to day activity (money worries, marital problems, conflict with colleagues at work, conflict or arguments with friends and relations, concerns about your health) affects the functioning of the muscles that make up the colonic tube and affect its motility. This can be under activity or over activity of the muscles and can cause constipation and bloating or diarrhoea and urgency.

Treatment of all the symptoms may be achieved by addressing the diet. Excluding foods that aggravate the symptoms, such as oily, fatty, fried and spicy foods and including foods in the diet that lead to the formation of the perfectly formed stool helps. A firm and solid stool will move slower down the colon and address the issue of constipation as well as diarrhoea and urgency.
Adding two tablespoon of Flax or Linseed into the daily diet helps.
Eating a RAW, GREEN, UNRIPE or HALF RIPE Banana every day also helps.

 

 

 

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.