Dr Oz: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you constantly feel bloated or have a bellyache? Have you ever wondered if it could be something more? Dr Oz recently explored the difference between Anal Fissures Vs Hemorrhoids. But this segment focused on another digestive issue: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Find out the symptoms and what can be done about this unfortunate problem.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects about 55 million people, but the vast majority of them are women. You could have IBS without even knowing it. Dr Oz met a woman from his audience who referred to her bowels as “out of whack” due to stress. Dr Oz explained that this is a huge trigger for IBS sufferers.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms
Here is the symptom checklist for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Do any of these IBS issues sound familiar to you?
- Pellet Stool
- Flat Stool
Dr Oz’s audience volunteer said she most recently had issues with stress one week before this show.
Dr Oz: Stress & IBS
There are a variety of personal issues that can contribute to stress, including work, kids, in-laws, health, your house, money, weight, bills, and your marriage or relationships, among others.
These stresses were labeled on blocks on the stage. The woman picked her house and work as the two biggest stress factors in her life. Dr Oz placed these on top of a model of the intestines.
He poured the liquid contents from these different stresses into the tubes. One produced a blue liquid, which was an example of Diarrhea. The next caused small pellets to spill down through the intestines, demonstrating another IBS symptom.
Dr Oz: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Causes
In an animation, Dr Oz explained how bowel movements navigate the intestines. Issues such as bloating can block waste and get it stuck in the intestines, leading to constipation.
Other causes of IBS could include:
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Fatty Foods
Dr Oz: Peppermint Oil IBS Remedy
If you are looking for some relief from IBS symptoms like Diarrhea, Dr Oz suggested trying Peppermint Oil. If after this segment you are concerned about IBS, you should ask your doctor about your symptoms and personal situation.