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Production of happiness: serotonin and intestine

The lack of sunlight, exercise, and the abundance of caffeine, alcohol and aspartame reduce the productionserotonin. The amount of serotonin produced is highly dependent on nutrition.

Like everything in the body, serotonin is synthesized from substances obtained with food. Bricks for it are certain amino acids, especially tryptophan, which comes with foods that contain a large amount of protein.

In today's diet, the content of tryptophan is extremely low. Our ancestors, who ate meat of wild animals that fed on herbs and other plants, received much more tryptophan than we did. Meat of animals that feed on grain contains much less, since it has less omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition, the production of serotonin slows caffeine, alcohol and aspartame, as well as lack of sunlight and exercise. After restoration of the damaged intestinal environment, an important step in maintaining a stable level of serotonin is to develop a health plan, providing a balanced diet, p

ossibly with additives containing probiotics (foods that supply the body with useful intestinal bacteria).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Restoration of the intestinal functions promotes the restoration of serotonin secretion, as a result of which despondency disappears and consciousness clears up. This can be the first major step towards healing the soul

According to statistics, 10 to 15% of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. He is the cause of 12% of requests for medical help. The term "irritable bowel syndrome" can describe a variety of symptoms - from swelling to abdominal pain, but in classical interpretation of this state, characterized by unpredictable extreme reactions of the intestine - constipation, alternating with diarrhea. This is in a sense "bowel depression associated with a decrease in the production of serotonin - just like mental depression.

Nerve cells in the intestine regulate the process of digestion and cause a reduction in its muscles. When the level of serotonin is low, the balance in the intestine is disrupted, and it begins to work either excessively, then not actively, which causes a feeling of discomfort. These symptoms are aggravated by chronic constipation.

When toxic waste is retained in the rectum, the nervous system of the intestine reacts to this by alternating extreme states - from panic, the result of which is diarrhea, designed to relieve the intestines of toxins, to complete inactivity, causing flatulence and bloating.

The concept of treating irritable bowel syndrome through natural restoration of serotonin production and toxin removal is not a subject of wide discussion. Ironically, not long ago the idea of ​​treating it with antidepressants was put forward.

It arose after a number of patients who suffered from depression and took antidepressants suddenly were relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (which is not surprising given our knowledge of neurotransmitters and painful pains, which in extreme cases lead to completely unnecessary operations of removing the gallbladder, uterus and appendix, as well as interventions on spine).

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The drugs that were given to these patients to alleviate their "psychic" symptoms so alleviated the symptoms of the syndrome irritated bowel that this has become the standard treatment for it, regardless of whether the patient is suffering from depression or no. Nevertheless, the question of why antidepressants help patients with irritable bowel syndrome is still of little interest. published by econet.ru

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Behavioral therapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

A unified approach to fighting irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is behavioral therapy. Why? Stress and anxiety can aggravate the symptoms of IBS. Behavioral therapy will help to cope with these feelings and reduce some symptoms of IBS. It is not known why psychological stress and anxiety provoke abdominal pain, discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation. But effective control over emotional reactions can prevent or relieve manifestations of the disease.

"In most patients with IBS, when using behavioral therapy, the condition improves says Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc. He is a co-author of the IBS treatment guide published by the American College gastroenterologists.

According to him, this is a double benefit. Patients also feel a decrease in anxiety and depression with a decrease in the severity of IBS symptoms.

Behavioral therapy helps patients understand how to best cope with pain and discomfort and how to alleviate stressful situations to prevent the emergence of severe IBS symptoms.

Unfortunately, behavioral therapy is not a panacea. Some studies show that it does not bring positive results with constipation and permanent abdominal pain. According to other studies, this approach is better combined with standard treatment. Before beginning any treatment, talk with your doctor about what place this technique will take in your treatment plan.

There are many different types of behavioral therapy. The methods used in patients with IBS:

Relaxing therapy.The task is to bring the mind and body into a calm, peaceful state. Techniques include meditation, gradual relaxation of muscles (tension and relaxation of individual muscles), controlled images (visualization) and deep breathing.

Biological feedback.This technique uses an electrical appliance, helping a person to recognize the reaction of his body to stress. Participants are taught, with the help of the device, to slow down the heart rate and come to a more relaxed state. After several sessions a person acquires the ability to completely calm down.

Hypnotherapy.Participants enter an altered state of consciousness or with the professional help of a coach or independently (after training). In this state, visual suggestion helps to imagine that the pain disappears.

Cognitive behavioral therapy.This is a kind of psychotherapy that teaches to analyze negative, distorted thoughts and replace them with more positive and realistic ones.


Traditional psychotherapy.An experienced psychotherapist helps patients analyze conflicts and sort out feelings.

Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder of the Self-Help and Support for IBS, uses relaxation therapy to help him control the approaching stress and pain associated with IBS. He imagines a box in his head, breathes through one side, pauses, breathes through the other side. He repeats the process until he feels calm. Basically, breathing exercises help Roberts to live with IBS as comfortably as possible. Although it happens that the pain and discomfort become so strong that he can not go to work and attend activities. "It can not be said that anyone can lead a normal life with IBS, but you can try to make it as possible, if possible he says.

There are also medications to relieve the symptoms of IBS. Other treatment options include diet changes, stress management, alternative therapies, such as acupuncture or hypnosis. Discuss with the doctor the best way to control IBS.

Intestines. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Pain and discomfort in the abdominal area, as well as stool disruption - are the main manifestations of irritable bowel syndrome. Why does this ailment arise, how to cope with it?

Start of the story: 3: 0
Duration of the story: 1: 2
Rubric: About medicine
Plot: Intestine. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Date of broadcast: January 14

Elena Malysheva
Vitaly Rumyantsev - professor, gastroenterologist

Irritable bowel syndrome is very common. However, in 90% of cases, doctors can not accurately diagnose it.

Check yourself. Do you have irritable bowel syndrome?

Violation of the stool (constipation. diarrhea or the change of some disorders to others) is a sign that you have irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

1. Pain or discomfort in the abdomen. which in one way or another are associated with a violation of the stool (frequenting, decreasing stool or changing the consistency of the stool), are the main signs of irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Increased gas formation, problems with the intestines - concomitant signs of irritable bowel syndrome.

What can cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Intolerance to wheat protein (celiac disease) can cause irritable bowel syndrome.

In a healthy person, the surface of the intestinal mucosa is covered with villi, which serve to absorb digested substances. Some people do not tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in a number of cereal crops (wheat, rye, barley). When they use products containing gluten, the immune reaction develops, which leads to an inflammatory process in the intestine and atrophy of the villi.

How to treat irritable bowel syndrome?

1. At least 2 weeks, exclude from the diet all foods containing wheat protein. If there is an improvement, then you have celiac disease. which leads to irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Correct your diet. For example, if you have diarrhea. then give preference to white meat, not red. If you have increased gas production, then reduce the consumption of beans and peas.

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Sources: http://econet.ru/articles/139681-proizvodstvo-schastya-serotonin-i-kishechnik, http://www.eurolab.ua/irritable-bowel-cyndrome/2407/2408/17956/, http://www.zdorovieinfo.ru/zhitzdorovo/article/?article=1397489


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