An irritable bowel syndrome is a group of symptoms. Its major symptoms include changes in bowel movements (diarrhea, constipation, or both), bloating, gas, and cramps, pain or discomfort in the abdomen. 

Cause:

  • Stress
  • Food allergies
  • Severe infection

Stress and IBS:

Stress is one of the main factors behind IBS. It disturbs the balance between mind and body. Some studies have shown that stress has a large influence on intestinal motility. The effects of stress on the body has an impact on the gut-brain axis. As a result, it triggers the symptoms of IBS. This is a stress-induced disorder, therefore stress must be managed initially itself.  

Stress-reducing remedies:

Meditation:

Meditation may look simple to practice but it holds very effective results. Regular practice of meditation provides mental peace. Mental peace is one of the keys toward physical health. If you are happy from within it will reflect on your face. Practicing meditation on a regular basis helps to reduce stress and provide strength to fight every situation. This way meditation can ultimately give relief from the episodes of IBS. 

Yoga:

Yoga is well known for practice since ancient times. It not only opens up your physical body but it also clears your mind. There are various yoga asanas to release stress from the mind. 

Stress relieving yoga asanas: Sukhasana, Shawasana, Halasana, Uttanasana, Balasana.

Sattvic Food:

Food has a direct influence on our mind also. Ayurveda has categorized food into three categories namely – sattvic, rajasic, tamasic food. To reduce stress and attain mental calmness, Ayurveda recommends eating sattvic food. Sattvic foods are the ones filled with prana. Prana is the life force of nature. Foods rich with such life force are like fresh, organic, seasonal, and prepared with happy feelings.

Avoid below given two categories of food items:

  • Rajasic food items (tea, coffee, spicy, salty, canned and processed food items)
  • Tamasic food items (non-vegetarian, deep-fried food, chemically treated, frozen food )

Eating sattvic food keeps the body light and fresh. This ultimately helps to keep the mind happy and satisfied. Eating sattvic food definitely balances the body and reduces its symptoms.

No Smoking:

Research has shown that smoking increases anxiety and tension. This is no way helping to reduce stress. As a result, it may increase more stress and increase the flare-ups of IBS symptoms.