Let’s talk about poo!
Your poo is a window to your health. If you pay attention, you can learn an awful lot about the health of your gut from the state of your poo.
If you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) you definitely don’t have that good gut feeling! You may have a mix of discomfort and pain in your belly. And, you may have unusual poo. It may be thin, hard, soft or even liquid.
Symptoms are often unique to each individual and it can be difficult to diagnose. Some signs include:
- Wind or gas
- Sometimes both diarrhea and constipation
- Abdominal pain – often recurrent
- Food intolerances
- Fatigue/difficulty sleeping
Symptoms are often worse after eating but other factors can have an impact as well. Any sort of change – change in routine, change in emotional stress levels, infection, diet can all cause a flare up of IBS. Stress and anxiety can be big triggers.
You are not alone!
The exact cause of IBS is not known but it does affect women more often than men and up to 20% of the population.
What is known is that dietary and lifestyle management can alleviate a lot of the symptoms of IBS.
My client, we will call her Jane* is a university lecturer, wife and mother to a teenage daughter. She also has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For the last 10 years she has had to meticulously plan her travel route to work, around where the available toilet stops were. Jane* has suffered severe and uncontrollable diarrhoea every morning for 10 whole years. Imagine, after the exhaustion of dealing with the anxiety and discomfort, pain even, the humiliation if you don’t make it, to then have to face a class of students and not know if that was it for the day. Was there more on its way? Would she get that familiar discomfort in the abdomen that would indicate an urgent bowel movement was needed? Could she relax with her colleagues between classes or would she need to spend that time in the restroom? Her life was completely taken over by her condition.
That is what Jane’s* life was like before she came to work with me.
Jane* was angry about the challenges of living with IBS. She was defined by her condition. She saw it as self-limiting and negative. Everything in her life was geared towards managing her IBS. She didn’t have fun anymore and she had lost sight of who she was as a person. Jane* had little energy and enthusiasm for life and her relationships with her husband, daughter and friends were suffering. She felt overwhelmed and exhausted.
After just 4 sessions, her life was very different.
Jane’s* story has a happy ending. She had remarkable results with the Savvy Belly program. Jane* went from being a negative person who could only see challenges and difficulties to feeling positive and enthusiastic about life and seeing possibilities and opportunity everywhere she looked. She went from being defined by her condition, to having IBS simply become part of her story. Jane* is more focused on having fun and being creative with her life. Her relationships with her family and friends have improved considerably.
When I checked back in with Jane* 6 months later, her health is excellent, she feels in control of her IBS, she is excited and enthusiastic about life and she continues to live her vision, set goals and feel like she is moving forward and growing as a person.
If you think you might have a condition, such as IBS, book a free consultation with me today so that you can feel better and get that good gut feeling.
*Based on a real client and on the real Savvy Belly process. Name and details have been changed.