Irritable bowel syndrome is believed to affect up to 30 percent of the elderly population. Today, it’s one of the most common digestive disorders. The basic medical approach is a high fiber diet and medicine that helps to reduce the spasms in the gut. Unfortunately, a high fiber diet may exacerbate the condition in many sufferers plus, medication isn’t really a long term solution.
There is much speculation that irritable bowel syndrome is frequently triggered by certain foods that cause adverse reactions in the gut lining. This adverse reaction causes such symptoms as bloating and a lot of pain.
While avoiding the foods that can trigger an attack, many have found relief from the condition. The most frequent triggers are foods from the wheat family. milk, cheeses, citrus and unfortunately for the caffeine addicts coffee is another culprit. Wheat alone is one of the major triggers and many find that avoiding wheat can readily control the symptoms.
Many have found alternatives to wheat are great ways to still get plenty of fiber and still enjoy bread. Rye bread, for example, as well as crackers or cereals that are made of corn, oats or rice, are ideal alternatives to breads that are wheat based.
Wheat unfortunately, is difficult to digest wheat and that often seems to be at the root of many food sensitivities. Over the course of time, the enzymes in wheat are believed to be responsible for causing the body to stop processing wheat properly. What can further exhaust and reduce the ability to digest the wheat properly.
Other foods that can be affected are pastas, pastries, biscuits, cakes, pizza, breakfast cereals that are wheat based as well as any breaded or battered foods that are then deep fried.
Avoiding the trigger foods and replacing them with such foods as rye bread, corn bread and the like can often provide relief to the patient who is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
Rye bread comes in both light and dark versions and once the taste is acquired it is often a favorite for many sandwiches.
As yeasts and other organisms enjoy fermenting in the gut they can create issues with the bowels causing irritation and pain. Selecting rye breads in lieu of wheat breads is often enough to alleviate the symptoms and help the patient to stop suffering. They still get to enjoy bread, it’s just a different kind of bread that is made of rye flour in lieu of wheat flour.
It’s important to continue avoiding wheat products even after symptoms have been alleviated. Once the gut is restored it’s not a good idea to go out and binge on a sub sandwich laden with wheat bread. It can sabotage the entire process and start the entire healing process over again. This takes time as the forbidden foods must once again be detoxified from the body. It can take up to two weeks for this new process.
Another thing that many will need to avoid are dairy products and sugar. Sugar and dairy tend to feed yeast fermentation and create additional issues. Changing the lifestyle and the diet are important steps if one wishes to find relief from irritable bowel syndrome.
Probiotics may also be beneficial as they introduce healthy bacteria to the gut. These are readily available in health food stores, grocery stores and in most pharmacies as well.
Changing over to rye bread may take some getting used to. Rye is a much stronger flavor than that of wheat. Thankfully it is available in light forms and darker forms (heavier flavor) so the patient can start out with a lighter flavor and work their way up.
There are many delicious sandwiches that are served on rye bread and once the taste is acquired many prefer it over any other kind of bread.
Rye bread is a great alternative food for those who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Today, more than ever, more and more people are finding that the foods they eat can affect their health in positive or negative ways. Making simple changes in the foods we eat such as adding in rye and removing wheat can go far in relieving such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome.