5 Tips for IBS Relief

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As many as 50 million Americans suffer from the cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea that go along with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the digestive disorder mainly targets women: Between 60 and 65 percent of sufferers are female.
Despite the overwhelming number of Americans affected, there is no cure for IBS. But while no magic pill exists, the best way to treat IBS symptoms is through tried-and-true methods of healthy eating, exercise, and stress management. Here are five simple ways to ease your suffering:
Keep a food diary. Many people find that their signs and symptoms worsen when they eat certain foods. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea. Keeping a food diary for a few weeks may be a good way to find out if a food bothers you. Record what you eat and what your symptoms are. If you notice a pattern or think a food makes you feel worse, don’t eat it.
Fiber up. Increasing fiber into your diet may help improve how your intestines work. The key is to do it slowly: Some people feel bloated and have gas if they increase their fiber intake too quickly. The best way to increase your fiber intake is to eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods like beans, oatmeal, popcorn and whole-wheat bread.
Manage your stress. Many IBS sufferers feel that stress seems to trigger IBS episodes. Identify certain events or situations that bring on symptoms, and develop ways of dealing with these situations. An activity like yoga or hypnosis can provide a break from stressful situations, and psychiatrists and psychologists can provide additional methods for coping with stress.
Get moving. A recent report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that IBS sufferers who did moderate activity three to five times per week for 20 to 30 minutes a session experienced greater symptom relief.
Add a supplement. For most patients, the best therapy for IBS is the most simple. A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that peppermint oil was the most effective therapy for IBS, providing relief for 40 percent of patients. The dietary supplement Complete Relief has harnessed the power of peppermint, creating softgels that effectively relieve discomfort. Complete Relief stands out from other peppermint products because of its “controlled-release” coating that ensures the full dose is not released until the softgel has entered your digestive tract. This is where gas and bloating occur and where Complete Relief begins to work.
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Restaurant Chains Responding to Healthier Lifestyles

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recent studies indicate that as many as one-third of all American adults are obese. And while healthier diets provide an obvious antidote to their fattier counterparts, there is an obvious reason Americans tend to choose foods in the latter category — they taste awesome.

So, if the challenge is to marry great taste with healthier intake, and the nation’s well-being hinges on the result, health mavens couldn’t do much better than to look toward today’s more innovative restaurant chains.

For example, recently chosen for the top spot on “Health” magazine’s America’s Healthiest Chain Restaurants list, UNO has found a way to offer a menu filled with healthy choices, and to have its customers embrace these choices enthusiastically.

“We start by rejecting the notion that healthy food must sacrifice taste,” said Frank Guidara, CEO of UNO Chicago Grill. “That simply isn’t true. Granted, to achieve both, you will require the highest level of culinary talent. But we have plenty of that at UNO, and that’s why we knew we could create menu offerings that would be both healthy and delicious.”

A chef of great talent knows that for every unhealthy item added to enhance taste, a healthy alternative can be found or concocted. At UNO, that means diners can enjoy a roasted eggplant, spinach & feta flatbread pizza on multigrain crust without guilt or worry, since it has only 280 calories and six grams of fiber per serving. Diners can choose the multigrain crust option for any flatbread pizza. Another great option for a delicious entree is the lemon basil salmon, which has just 240 calories per serving.

And when it comes to carbohydrates, UNO teamed with Barilla to offer whole grain penne as an option to any pasta — helping to add more fiber and whole grains to your diet without sacrificing taste.

Just as important as healthy choices is good, easy-to-access information. That’s why UNO offers nutrition information through its Web site and on display in restaurant lobby kiosks, with categories that show diners which items are under 500 calories, which are vegetarian and which are created to serve those with food allergies. What’s more, UNO’s site offers tips for eating healthy in restaurants, including ways to lessen fat content and caloric intake without sacrificing flavor.

Healthy eating will become mainstream when everyone figures out how to combine good health with great taste, and in that pursuit, UNO is leading the way.