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Banana Spice Breakfast PuddingBreakfast can be the trickiest meal of the day for IBS. Your stomach is completely empty, and you're probably a little stressed and in a hurry to get out the door. You might be tired because you haven't gotten enough sleep, making your digestion even touchier than usual. This recipe makes a deliciously comforting treat with a safe high soluble fiber, low fat, trigger free, low FODMAP foundation for your day!
Makes 6 Servings
1 C uncooked short grain white rice, such as sushi rice
2 T Acacia Tummy Fiber (optional)
1 t nutmeg
1 t cardamom (can substitute cinnamon)
1/2 C brown sugar
4 C vanilla rice, almond, oat, or hemp milk
1 firm ripe banana, diced
Soak rice in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain. In a large saucepan or stockpot add rice and all remaining ingredients except banana, stirring well. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, uncovered, and continue to simmer gently, stirring until rice is tender and begins to disintegrate, about 30 minutes. If pudding becomes too thick add a little more milk as necessary. Remove pot from heat, let pudding cool a bit, and fold in banana. Serve warm or cool.
For even greater morning stability, have a glass of Peppermint Tummy Tea to drink with your pudding!
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Do I Really Have IBS? How Do I Know?
Unfortunately, a great many people with other disorders are mistakenly told they have IBS when they do not. This can lead to years of misery, serious complications from undetected diseases, and other awful problems. The good news here is there is simply no need for this to ever happen to anyone. IBS is a very clearly defined disorder, diagnosed by symptoms and tests of exclusion.
So let's do a series of IBS Basics:
What exactly is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
What are the symptoms?
What other problems can mimic IBS and need to be ruled out?
What tests do I need for a diagnosis?
What exactly is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common chronic health disorder in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, affecting more people than asthma, diabetes, and depression combined.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a physical - not psychological - disorder that affects mainly the bowel, which is also called the large intestine. The bowel is the part of the digestive system that makes and stores stool. IBS is characterized by its symptoms. There is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but there are many very effective ways of controlling and even eliminating IBS symptoms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a disease. It's a functional disorder, which means that the bowel simply does not work as it should. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterized as a brain-gut dysfunction.
What are IBS symptoms?
I can't stress enough that your symptoms must match those of the IBS diagnostic criteria before you accept an IBS diagnosis.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterized by its symptoms: continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or cramping (from mild to excruciating) in association with altered bowel motility (diarrhea, constipation, or both).
Attacks may strike suddenly at any time of day or night, and may occasionally - though not typically - wake you from a sound sleep. Gas and bloating are common, but vomiting isn't, though it can occur due to nausea from the pain.
Upper GI symptoms are not a typical part of the syndrome. For women, attacks are often associated with menstruation. Passing blood, running a fever, swollen extremities, and joint pain are not symptoms of IBS, and are red flags for other disorders.
IBS is diagnosed in part by the official diagnostic criteria known as the Rome Guidelines (to learn all about this, the brain-gut dysfunction, and IBS, check the The First Year: IBS, an essential guide to successfully managing the disorder.
What else needs to be ruled out for an IBS diagnosis?
In essence, the diagnosis of IBS is a process of exclusion. There is no medical test available that will be positive for IBS; instead, your doctor will test you for all other illnesses that can mimic IBS symptoms, and if those tests are negative, and if your symptoms fit the Rome Guidelines, you'll then be diagnosed with IBS. In particular, it's important that the following diseases are excluded before you accept a diagnosis of IBS:
Colon and carcinoid cancer
Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)
Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis
Food allergies and fructose intolerance
Celiac (a genetic, autoimmune disorder resulting in gluten intolerance)
Bacterial infections and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
Pelvic organ prolapse
What tests does an IBS diagnosis require?
As a rule, all possible physical, structural, and infectious abnormalities of the GI tract need to be unquestionably eliminated before you agree to an IBS diagnosis. This requires a physical examination, preferably by a board-certified gastroenterologist, and may include the following studies:
Complete blood count, sedimentation rate, and chemistries
Stool for ova, parasites, and blood
Liver function tests
For women, a gynecological exam including CA-125 blood test for ovarian cancer
Other diagnostic studies should be minimal and will depend on the symptom subtype. In general, the specific medical tests needed to rule out disorders other than IBS will depend upon your age (the older you are, the more tests you'll need), health history, family health background, and specific symptoms.
I think these are the most important points to remember about IBS:
* IBS is a functional disorder in which the bowel doesn't work as it should.
* IBS can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
* IBS does not damage the bowel or lead to any other disorders/diseases.
* IBS cannot be self-diagnosed.
* A doctor should diagnose IBS based on your symptoms and the elimination of other possible diseases through various medical tests.
* Stress and diet (particularly fats, insoluble fibers, and GI irritants) can trigger symptoms, but the underlying pathology of IBS is caused by a brain-gut dysfunction.
Once you have a firm IBS diagnosis, please take heart. While there is no cure (except possibly gut-directed hypnotherapy), there are many ways to successfully manage - and prevent - all IBS symptoms. You can control your IBS, not vice versa.
Researchers call gut-directed hypnotherapy a "cure" for IBS!
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