What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects up to 23% of people worldwide, they experience discomfort, bloating, and constipation/diarrhoea on a regular basis. The condition is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, frequently referred to as colitis and spastic bowel in the past, people have been suffering from IBS throughout history. IBS cannot be cured, only managed and as every IBS sufferer finds a range of different triggers and symptoms, there is no general treatment plan for everyone. Some widespread triggers reported include stress, hormone changes, infection and food allergies. There is not a lot of information about how IBS works, but it is believed that the intestinal muscles contract and relax in an irregular fashion, inhibiting food absorption to cause painful or watery stools. Some researchers suggest that the condition actually affects the brain, causing mixed signals to be sent to the intestines.   Peoples IBS experiences range from mild to severe, many people manage to avoid treatment due to mild symptoms. Those who are at the more extreme end of the scale often have problems socialising for fear of having an IBS attack in public away from a toilet and can spent considerable time evacuating their bowels. Those who have not sought medical advice for their severe symptoms are often under the fearful impression that there is something seriously wrong, like bowel cancer. IBS is being recognised by more doctors as a widespread and often painful condition. When visiting your doctor they are likely to suggest a number of things to try to help manage the symptoms. Your stress and anxiety will be assessed to see if it could be...

Those Pesky Food Allergies

Food allergies are becoming increasingly common and there are many foods that seem to be responsible for most reactions. -Eggs, milk (lactose), tree nuts, shellfish, soy, wheat, fish and peanuts & The High ‘FODMAPS’ People who are allergic to but consume any of these may find themselves short of breath, swelling through the throat and lungs, vomiting and even dying in very extreme cases. This is not just intolerance, but a very real allergy and can cause much difficulty in the sufferers’ ability to navigate through life. It is highly recommend that anyone with a suspected allergy sees a professional allergist, who can determine exactly what foods are being reacted to. This is important as many people who react to one thing, is highly likely to be allergic to other things. Having food allergies means a great level of self-management. An awareness of foods and the other names that they can be referred to as. Checking and double checking the labels of each and every item you buy at the supermarket, although it is a legal requirement for manufacturers to state if the product contains common allergens, you may also have to check that the item wasn’t made with equipment used on other products. Many people suffering from allergies choose to simply cook all their food from scratch, avoid the possibility of allergen contamination. Be also aware of products like shampoos and body creams, which often contain nut by-products. Extra vigilance is required when eating out with friends and family, good restaurants with be aware of food allergies and be able to tell you exactly what items on the...

Gluten Free Juicy Chocolate Pudding in 3 Easy Steps

A recipe for a “juicy” chocolate pudding in just 3 steps. Ingredients: 1 cup gluten free raising flour ¾ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar) ½ cup sifted cocoa powder ½ cup milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 30g butter, melted ¾ cup brown sugar 1 ¾ cup hot water Instructions: Preheat the oven to 355F (approx. 175C) and lightly butter an ovenproof dish with a capacity of about 8 cups.   Then combine flour, powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder in a bowl, subsequently adding the milk, vanilla extract and melted butter.   Stir until the mixture is finely formed and pour it in the ovenproof dish, using a spatula to flatten the top part.   In another small bowl, add brown sugar and the cocoa powder left to create a mixture for sprinkling over the previous mix in the ovenproof dish.   Using the back of a spoon, create a small flow of hot water to pour over the mixture, making sure the sugar is soaked completely with the cocoa powder.   Bake for 45 minutes, then let it cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.   For serving, add a generous portion of whipped cream.   Your Comments are most welcome. Please take a moment to leave one if your enjoyed this recipe! and if you have a special recipe please pm me or join up and post it in the Forum Thank You...