Flare-ups of IBS come at the worst times. Sometimes we know what caused them, but often times they just come out of the blue – despite all of our efforts to “eat right”. It’s SO frustrating!
Searching for the why
This is what led me to finally look deeper into my flare-ups of IBS. I had suffered from IBS for some 25 years. It just seemed that whatever I ate or did, nothing much changed.
And the flare-ups kept on coming.
I am naturally good at seeing patterns. But I just couldn’t see this one. Because I was just focusing on food.
Once I started to focus on my emotions rather than food, then I started to notice the patterns:
- I noticed the situations at work that I really didn’t feel good around.
- I saw what I spent time doing that I really hated.
- Everywhere I was saying yes, when I really wanted to say no.
- I got to tune in more to situations or people that suited me. And those that didn’t.
Finally, I came to realise why I hadn’t been able to digest the food I loved.
How to reduce flare-ups of IBS
Here are 3 ways I have tested that helped me reduce flare-ups of IBS and get relief:
1) Notice your IBS triggers
As you go through your week, notice those situations that stir up strong emotions inside every time you encounter them.
And avoid them as much as possible.
Notice if there is any improvement in your IBS symptoms and flare-ups when you do this.
2) Release the emotional sting
The emotional sting is only there because at some time your mind has made a negative association with what is in your environment:
Over time your unconscious mind has learned this as a rule. It has become an IBS trigger. This is why that every time you encounter that trigger, your IBS starts up.
To release the emotional sting, work with someone who can see your IBS triggers, and help you release them.
That way you move out of avoiding, and live a much more spacious and fun life (and diet!)
In my case, I was able to release ALL my IBS symptoms and flare-ups by releasing the emotional charge that was knocking my health out of balance. And this has worked for my clients too.
3) Get your gut health checked out
If you have been suffering with IBS for a long time, you may well have developed subsequent digestive problems. So it’s smart to get your gut out for different kinds of dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria) : Candida, SIBO. And H Pylori.
If you are experiencing a high level of food intolerance, consider getting checked out for Leaky Gut.
For me, conditions like Candida, Sibo and leaky gut are symptoms, not the root cause. So it would be wise to deal with the emotional strings underneath if you don’t want them to come back.2