Irritable Bowel Syndrome( IBS) and Artificial Sweeteners

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Are you experiencing frequent bouts of intestinal distress
ranging from diarrhea to intrusive intestinal symptoms? Is bloating,
gas, flatulence, pain and sour stomach an every day occurrence? This
cycle of intestinal issues may temporarily respond to anti-diarrhea
medications or antacids but somehow continues to plague the sufferer.
Diet alterations may temporarily provide some relief but one often finds
it difficult to pinpoint the cause or the cure.
Finally, by
process of elimination, one is able to uncover the true culprit of the
gastrointestinal distress and actually do something to bring about
permanent relief. The offending substances, lurking in every day foods
and substances are called sugar alcohols and they are often liberally
used on a daily basis.
This group of artificial sweeteners are not
only hidden in products we consume on a daily basis but trigger a host
of gastrointestinal symptoms for anyone prone to irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS) and for some who have never experienced gastrointestinal
reactions before in their lives.

The names these sugar alcohols go under are as follows:
Sorbitol

Xylitol

Mannitol

Isomalt

Lactitol

Erythritol
These sweeteners initially come from plant products
but are altered through a chemical process and are hidden in the
ingredients of the following products and substances:
Toothpaste

Mouthwash

Breath Mints

Cough Formulas

Lozenges

Candy

Gum

Ice Cream

Fruit Spreads

Baked Goods

Dietetic Products

Sugar-Free Products

Pre-Workout Drinks and Supplements

Sports Nutrition Products

Low Carb Products
Side Effects of Sugar Alcohols
Stomach Cramps

Gas

Bloating

Diarrhea

Stomach Pain

Sour Stomach

Blood Sugar Fluctuations

Flatulence

The reason behind this gastrointestinal difficulty
is mainly because Sugar Alcohols are not completely absorbed by the
body. They are indigestible and passed through the digestive system,
resulting in fermentation in the intestines. Fermentation results in
gas, cramping, bloating and gastrointestinal distress. Warnings are
often found on products containing these sugar alcohols stating “Excess
Consumption may Result in a Laxative Effect.” Naturally, this is not a
preferable option for anyone dealing with the normal functions of every
day living.

Even for those who are not IBS sufferers, over
consumption of these products may trigger abdominal discomfort, spanning
from cramps to diarrhea. Dehydration may also be a risk factor if the
laxative effect is strong. Stomach pains, gas and bloating are intrusive
but simply eradicated when one recognizes the offending substance as
listed on the label and immediately discontinue usage of such products
containing these substances.
Since these sugar alcohols are highly
indigestible, the best defense against gastrointestinal disturbances
related to the use of these products is the following:
– Immediately discontinuation of any product containing any one of the artificial sweeteners.

– Opt for more natural products.

– Choose whole foods over processed and refined products.

– Check out labels on all products that are sweet or low sugar.

– Choose natural sugar over artificial. Opt for smaller portions.
In
closing, it is up to you to be aware of the ingredients found in the
products you select. Investigate whenever you experience
gastrointestinal distress.
Is it after you brush your teeth or use mouthwash?
Is it shortly after using a specific product?

Is it while chewing gum or using a cough formula or breath mint?
Avoid
sugar-free and low carb items. Substitute these products and substances
with a more natural choice. Shop the peripheral of the your market for
the natural foods and products (produce, meats, fish, dairy). The foods
you choose supply your mind and body with energy. Food is the fuel that
maintains healthy functioning and results in feeling well. Choose the
cleanest and most natural products to achieve the healthiest mind and
body possible. It is always a choice. Choose good health and maintain a
healthy mind and body, free of intrusive symptoms.By