Are you trying to get through the day and managing IBS symptoms as best you can. But without getting much IBS relief. I did this too for many years. But thankfully it is not the only option available to deal with IBS.
Why it seems like a good idea to manage symptoms
I was told that there was NO WAY OUT of IBS, and that I would have to live with it.
Maybe you have been told that too?
So managing IBS symptoms seemed the ONLY way to get any relief!
I tried so many things, including eating special foods, avoiding others, taking supplements, prebiotics, probiotics etc.
What I didn’t know is that managing symptoms doesn’t get you very far.
There are days you can do “everything right”, and for some unknown reason you still get a flare-up and feel really bad!
Talk about maddening!
It was actually after a day like that when I got really mad. And decided that if there was a way out of this living hell, I was going to find it!
Why managing your IBS symptoms can’t get you where you want to be
Ultimately you dream of BREAKING FREE from IBS – not just manage IBS symptoms forever!
Deep down you KNOW we are made for more!
You dream of….
Getting back all the energy and motivation that gets consumed by those painful, repetitive symptoms;
Getting back all your confidence that left you when your body swung out of control;
Taking back the focus on your dreams and fun things you want in our lives – instead of being focused trying to relieve your pain.
The good side of things is that you are ready to take responsibility for your health, and not just expect someone else to provide it.
The really challenging side is that you have no map to deal with your IBS. You know that doing the same thing over and over doesn’t get different results. But we are really in the dark as to what you need to be doing differently.
What you need to focus on
1) Firstly, do ANYTHING you can to bring down tension in your everyday life.
Or bigger things like changing job.
You may not feel the tension that has built up inside you. You may be totally numb to it (as I was). But if your have IBS symptoms, it’s there!
2) Look out for what triggers your flare-ups
(Hint: Don’t only concentrate on food. Your food intolerance may just be another symptom – not the cause.)
3) If your IBS symptoms don’t make sense, think back to how your IBS started.
4) Manage IBS symptoms more effectively by AVOIDING the triggers
(If you choose this option you may get relief, but IBS is still running your life)
5) Learn to release these deep triggers, so your body no longer needs to set off your IBS alarm bells. Some of these triggers may actually be from your childhood. Yet they are still running the show. Fortunately there is now an option to change all that – and reverse your IBS.12