bowel incontinence

Treat Bowel Incontinence Naturally

Bowel or fecal incontinence is a highly embarrassing condition that predominantly affects women and the elderly, but can strike anyone at any time. It is considered an involuntary loss of fecal matter and can be caused by a number of things from diseases such as IBS to nerve and muscle damage to simply wear and tear. Being proactive in treating this is key to keeping it from running your life. Take steps, such as carrying spare underwear, to make things easier on your mental health!


How do I know if I have bowel incontinence?

  • Trouble controlling gas or stools
  • May not be able to get to the toilet in time
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Bloating


How do I prevent bowel incontinence?

  • Avoid foods that are high in natural laxatives such as rhubarb, figs and prunes.
  • Avoid diet foods with Olestra and gums with Sorbitol.
  • Treat your IBS conditions.
  • Try to keep your bowel movements as regular as possible.
  • Avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, and caffeinated foods.


How can I treat bowel incontinence?

  • Much like with urinary incontinence and bladder training, you should look at bowel training to help prevent uncontrollable bowel movements.
  • Biofeedback can help get your mind and body working together again.
  • Keep hydrated!
  • Eat foods high in fiber to help with properly formed stools.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
  • Keep a food journal and keep track of what you eat and when you have problems with incontinence. Eliminate foods that seem to be related to incontinence problems.
  • Be prepared by packing protective pads, carrying spare underwear and using gentle wet wipes.
  • Do sphincter exercises to help strengthen the muscles.
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine.
  • Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid foods that cause gas!
  • Talk to your doctor about your medications to determine if any of them could be contributing to the problem.
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