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An_252839 posted:

I had been having symptoms of IBS since 1994 ...
IBS-C .. IBS-D ..

While surfing the net., I came across and article on Fructose Malabsorption or Fructose Intolerance . It gave a list of foods to avoid.. and for a week I only are spinach and hamburger patties ...

and the symptoms went away....

since then it's been a journey.. discover what foods have fructose in it and which don't....

For example...
I can drink Sierra Mist but not Sprite
because Sierra Mist has cane sugar and not the corn syrup...

No CountryTime Lemonade, Honey, Starburst, Wine, Fruit Juices,

My rule of thumb is....
No None Citrus Fruit, if it has Corn Syrup or High Fructose Corn Syrup on it then.... NO ! No ! No !

Even Doritos has HFCS and yogurts ..

Life has been Good.. since this discovery...
I realized that I had almost forgotten .. Normal .. bathroom behaviors.. and now my entire life.. both personal and social, which had suffered for so long... are getting back on track...

Don't know if this will work for everyone... but try laying off the Corn Syrups, Sweet Fruits and Honey...

and see what happens.
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A hard and stiff abdomen often causes stress, strain and digestive disorders like ibs, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, chronic constipation or diarrhea etc.
Hence ideally our belly should be small, soft, tender, yet, at the same time strong, supple and flexible to support our body. This may sound absurd. But I assure you that it is very much possible. Anyone, with a little bit of practice and patience, can make it happen himself.
If we observe the breathing pattern of infants and young children. we will find that usually their breathing is relaxed and effortless. Their chest do not move much, rather their chest and belly gently move up and down simultaneously during breathing. Whereas we usually breathe moving only our chest and shoulder while our belly remains more or less static or stiff.
No, I am not talking about so-called "abdominal breathing" in which, the chest is forcibly kept still and only the abdomen moves. I am telling about "normal" breathing involving simultaneous effortless movements of chest and abdomen.
So our target will be to very slowly involve our belly to move while breathing and to gradually reduce stress on our chest and shoulders. The most important thing is proceed slow but steady. Never apply any force or pressure during this process. Be patient and wait for results to come automatically.
At beginning, by put your palm of your hand on your belly and observe whether your belly is soft and tender, or stiff and hard; whether it is moving up and down in breathing or remains static and fixed. Do not try to keep your chest still. Allow it to move on its own. Then try to relax your whole body, particularly your abdomen, chest and shoulders. Do not use force to push up or down your belly. Do not unnecessarily try to take deep inhale or deep exhale. Rather just watch your breathing. Keep focus on your belly. Feel your belly. Just observe your breathing pattern and relax. Keep in mind the target- that ultimately the stress on your chest and shoulders will be reduced and your chest and belly will smoothly and automatically move up and down together in breathing. Such movements will be not big or heavy, rather small, quiet and easy.
Also observe closely the breathing patterns of people around you. After some time, you yourself will be able to find out who is breathing normally and healthily, and who is not.
Gradually and slowly, after months of practice, your belly will start to move automatically together with your chest while you inhale and exhale. You will enjoy it. Your body and mind will get multiple benefits. It is worth trying for at least a couple of months.
Let us hope for the best. Good wishes.

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