Whether you are going for a more traditional route of treating yourself with medication or looking for more natural ways to assist in your body in its own recovery process, here are some tips on bowel problems and simple ways you can help to remedy them.
Depending on the type of bowel problem you have, you should regulate your intake of gassy foods accordingly. For instance, in the case of extreme diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, you should eat less cabbage, onions, beans, carbonated (fizzy) drinks, broccoli, different types of peppers, and brussel sprouts.
Fatty food is more difficult for your digestive system to process. Eating fatty meats such as chicken wings, red meat with large fat deposits, heavy oils and butter intake is difficult to digest.
Alcohol and cigarettes should also be limited as the alcohol can cause problems with diarrhea and the cigarettes can have an adverse effect on the digestive system.
There are those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome that cannot handle spicy foods and sugar. If you cannot handle sugar and you are an irritable bowel syndrome sufferer, than you may have a fructose intolerance with difficulty in digesting any type of table sugar, fructose (fruit sugar), dextrose and sucrose. Products with a high amount of sugar (such as chocolates, lollies, candy and ice cream) should be avoided if you find yourself becoming worse after eating it.
Even artificial sweeteners (such as sorbitol) in sugarless candy and chewing gum can serve to further aggravate bowel problems as artificial sweeteners are difficult to digest. Find out if you are allergic to gluten or lactose and if so, consult your doctor to find an alternative in your daily diet. You can also speak to friends or family with a similar condition or conduct your own independent research if you prefer that to get work around tips and suggestions on lactose and gluten free alternatives that will work well.
Alternatively, you can opt for more traditional medicine and purchase it online or at a store near you. Look for medication such as Fybogel sachets, lactulose solution, motilium, dulcolax tablets or get a kaolin and morphine mixture. If you are unsure about which medication to take, be sure to speak to your doctor and ask their advice; particularly if you are allergic to any of the ingredients found in any of these medications. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Avoid eating too much citrus - such as lemons, oranges and tangerines, as they are very hard to digest. And if you have to eat citrus for other health reasons, try and water it down or dilute it with other juices that are easier to digest.
Be sure to keep up with your probiotics through foods such as curd, yogurt, probiotic drinks or probiotic medication. This will help to increase the good bacteria in your gut and assist with your recovery process.