Constipation, Diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are several types of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The most common of them are constipation and diarrhea predominant types.

Constipation is usually the result of a diet low in fibre and high in processed foods. It can cause headaches, fatigue, bad breath and poor skin. Although many people go without passing a stool for several days, it really is best for your body to have a bowel movement at least once a day, so that toxins are not sitting around for too long. In peak bowel health, it takes about 8-12 hours for food to be fully digested, nutrients absorbed and for waste to be passed out.

Fibre-rich foods, such as raw fruit and vegetables, brown bread and wholegrains, can make an enormous difference to your regularity, but so too can juices, even though they do not contain much fibre. All fresh juices have an excellent cleansing effect on the gui and bowel and have a gentle laxative effect. The dark green juices, such as kale, spinach, and watercress can be particularly useful (they are rich in minerals and the В complex group of vitamins), as can the fruit juices pear, papaya, grape, and watermelon (which ali have a cleansing effect).

Food poisoning, stress and viruses can all cause diarrhea, which can also go hand in hand with uncomfortable stomach gripes. Anyone suffering from it should drink plenty of liquids, including some mild fresh juices, diluted with water. Varieties that can help settle a disturbed digestive system are apple, carrot and pineapple, best drunk on their own and diluted.

Diarrhea interspersed with constipation are the classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, which can be brought on by stress, as well as other causes. Mild, yet nutritious juices {containing В vitamins and vitamin C) may help settle the stomach and bring a little relief. It is best not to overwhelm the stomach with combination juices, and the juices should be diluted before drinking.

1 apple

4fl oz/115ml still water

or

1 pear

4fl oz/115ml still water

or

l 1/2 carrots

4fl oz/115ml still water

or

2 stalks celery

4fl oz/ll5ml still water

Each juice recipe makes approximately one 8fl oz/230ml glass of juice. Juice each ingredient then blend using a spoon. And have a good luck with your IBS.

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