Have you seen my YouTube series on IBS therapies where I talk about different tools you can use to help manage your IBS symptoms (check out my channel if you missed any of them)?
I pay close attention to your comments below my vids and an interesting discussion started in the one called IBS FODMAP.
You’ve probably at least heard of the low FODMAP diet, because it’s the most widely recommended by doctors and healthcare professionals for people with IBS. And following the FODMAP guidelines can be helpful, but it’s often very confusing without extra guidance. So in my video I tackled this issue and talked about what’s actually missing from FODMAP diet therapy in order to really help you get better for good.
And then the conversation started: a few of you advocated strongly for the diet, sharing stories about how it made a real difference in your IBS struggle. But then you also emphasized the fact that it isn’t meant to be a long-term solution, and that it manages symptoms but doesn’t claim to cure IBS.
Now, if you’ve been following me for a while then you know that my ultimate goal isn’t just symptom-management, it’s to help you fully recover and put your IBS behind you for good, even if no one else has ever told you it’s possible to do it! So this got me thinking: why is it that the most well-known IBS therapy is only a management tool and not a full recovery therapy?
One of the reasons I became an online coach was because I wanted to change the outlook on IBS from being a chronic condition to a condition that’s fully curable because from an Eastern medical perspective, this is absolutely true! One reason is because when we look at illness, we consider the physical, mental and emotional components and tackle it from all these sides in order to make sure we’re not just reducing the symptoms, we’re actually addressing the root cause.
The most important thing I share with my clients is that YOUR BODY WANTS TO HEAL, it just doesn’t know how and needs some help. In my practice I’ve helped people recover from things as “permanent” as 20 years of arthritis, to 20 years of knee and back pain, to chronic asthma, to a lifetime of anxiety, not to mention years and years of digestive struggle. So if these people can get better, what’s stopping your IBS? Absolutely nothing, I say!
So now I want to hear from you: if you had a choice between using short-term symptom management tools or a therapy that could help you recover for good, which would you choose and why? #foodforthought
P.S. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel because I’ll be back next week with a new series on IBS and different foods!