Cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea are never fun! The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are uncomfortable and can be embarrassing too. Though IBS is not a life threatening disease, but if left untreated it can be a long-lasting problem affecting your day-to-day activities. Fortunately, there are natural IBS treatments that involve lifestyle and dietary modifications in combination with stress-relieving tactics to provide a significant dose of relief. This post covers the underlying causes of IBS that can affect your digestion and natural tips to restore your gut health and get back your vitality soon.
You notice that fiber worsens your constipation. You notice an improvement in IBS symptoms when taking antibiotics. A gluten-free diet is not helping. You develop chronic symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation after taking pain medications or probiotics that contain prebiotics. Your blood work shows chronically low iron or ferratin with no known cause.
The known or suspected causes of IBS could be - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) which is the over proliferation of bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract. Yeast and/or Parasite Overgrowth that results from taking antibiotics, poor diet, eating contaminated or undercooked food or drinking contaminated water. It could also be a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to food or medications such as anti-inflammatories and steroids that affect the ability of GI tract to absorb the vital nutrients. Here are some common treatments to address the aforementioned causes of IBS.
Increasing dietary fiber (wheat bran) is recommended to those IBS sufferers who experience constipation. It is advisable to eliminate allergenic foods from your diet, the most common of which are foods rich in dairy and grains. Remove refined sugar and all it's products such as confectionery and pastries and replace with small amounts of local honey or maple syrup to wean yourself off your sweet tooth. Support your gut with nutritional food supplements like enteric coated peppermint oil preparations, fiber supplements, artichoke supplements, and turmeric.
Eat whole unprocessed foods, lots of leafy greens (75% of your meals), healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, and fibre-rich foods like raw nuts and seeds. Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi. Avoid sugar, include walking, yoga and pilates in your daily routine, sleep min of 8 hrs, eat at least 4 hrs before bedtime and drink filtered water.
Eliminate harmful bacteria and other parasites in your gut and repopulate your gut flora with probiotics, such as kimchi, Kombucha and sauerkraut. These facilitate digestion during the gut healing process. Maintain an anti-inflammatory diet, eat foods rich in vitamin A and practice relaxation exercises like yoga and Tai-Chi.
Mucilage present in slippery elm does a good job of soothing and coating the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, relieving uneasiness caused by Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, diverticulitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Mix some grounded powder of elm with your tea or buy tablets that contain slippery elm.