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Does Water Therapy Help Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome?



Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common digestive disorder that actually affects the bowels which is characterized by troublesome and persistent chronic symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating, and even vomiting and nausea. These are mainly due to the sensitivity of the bowel resulting in spasms of the bowel muscle, causing discomfort to the sufferer, which can range from being mild to becoming very severe and intense.

Although the causes of IBS are still not clearly defined and identified yet, the symptoms of IBS sufferers are believed to have been caused by the sensitivity of their bowels, which means that it has something to do with the change in the normal muscle control in the bowel.

There are a number of possible causes that can help lead to IBS, all of which influences the bowel functions of an individual. Some of the known causes include the diet and eating habits of a person, which also reflects that person’s lifestyle, certain trigger foods that help stimulate the bowel and provoke its symptoms, and even certain stress related pressures such as anxiety and depression.

Water Therapy For IBS

There are a lot of different types of treatments for IBS, most of which aims to counteract the cause of the symptom, or the symptom itself. Although IBS symptoms prove to be troublesome at times, it is important to remember that these do not lead to serious complications later on.

However, treating these symptoms can still help alleviate you not only of your condition, but also from your anxiety, giving you a much better chance at coping. Different treatments include the change in eating habits and your diet, such as the avoidance of certain trigger foods, or the increase of foods that help your body fight IBS such as fiber, better stress management, even hypnotherapy. Another form of alternative treatment that people can do in treating IBS is through water therapy.

Water therapy can actually help treat IBS since water is known to help loosen bowels, making it easier for your stomach contents to pass through your bowels, thereby reducing the amount of pain and discomfort that you may feel. The water can actually help soften the stool, diminishing the effects of constipation. The water can also help add bulk to the stools aiding peristalsis, or the natural wave-like rippling movement of the colon as stools passes by the bowel, eliminating the chances of abdominal cramps and muscle spasms which are caused by irregular bowel movements.

Water can also help keep the digestive tract functioning properly by making sure that the gastrointestinal muscle tone stays at a normal level, by diluting toxic wastes in the GI tract, by binding irritants, by maintaining the correct balance of intestinal flora, and by bringing oxygen to the muscle tissues.

Also, keeping yourself hydrated also helps combat dehydration that you may be experiencing from the symptoms of your condition which, unknown to a lot of people, can actually be a huge exacerbating factor for your IBS symptom, like constipation. Keep in mind that this type of symptom causes your body to rapidly lose water, which can ultimately lead to dehydration, and can even complicate your IBS condition.

This type of treatment, however, should only be used as a supplement to other forms of treatment, and should not be considered as an alternative, especially since water therapy can only become truly effective in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as the intake of a fiber-rich diet.

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Source by Vanessa A. Doctor

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