Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is irritable bowel syndrome and how to treat it NATURALLY?



With IBS, whether it’s diarrhoea, constipation, or a combination of all three (IBS-C or IBS-M), you may be ready to try anything to get some relief from your symptoms’.

Prescription drugs may have unwanted side effects and don’t always work as well as they’re supposed to. Natural treatments may be an option if you’re hesitant to go that path to get relief. If you use them consistently, they may provide you with long-term relief from your IBS symptoms’.

The medical director of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Health Department in Port Angeles, Washington, states that “certain natural and over-the-counter treatments may put some IBS patients in remission”.

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Don’t forget to check with your doctor before starting any new therapy to be sure it’s safe for you. The following are some natural methods to relieve IBS discomfort that you may discuss with your healthcare practitioner if you’re ready:

1. A Specialized Diet May Be All That’s Needed



The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has released new recommendations that advise to adopt a low-FODMAP diet, which eliminates foods that are hard for the body to absorb.

While the diet may appear difficult at first because of the large number of items you must give up, the focus is on good eating habits rather than a restrictive menu.

Overall, stop the things that’s giving you discomfort in the first place!

2. Adding Fiber with Psyllium Powder



If you’re still experiencing IBS symptoms’ after making dietary changes, try taking psyllium powder, which is a soluble fibre and the main component in the fibre supplement Metamucil. This may help relieve your discomfort. In its most recent recommendations, the ACG strongly advises to use soluble fibre to treat IBS.

According to Kara Gross Margolis, MD, paediatric gastroenterology at Columbia University Medical Centre and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City, “there is a moderate quality of evidence for psyllium for overall symptoms’ alleviation.”

Psyllium supplementation may help treat IBS-C and IBS-D, according to a study published in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology in March 2021. Psyllium powder may be added to oatmeal or water for a quick morning boost.

Psyllium powder aids in bowel movement in those who are suffering from constipation. Dr. Powell adds that if you have diarrhoea, psyllium powder may help you produce a bowel movement around.

3. L-Glutamine as a Support for Intestinal Tissue Function



With chronic gastritis, your small intestine’s lining may tear, producing microscopic holes that enable digestion by-products called lipopolysaccharides to pass through and enter your body. IBS is often linked with this condition.

These unwanted visitors may set off the immune system, resulting in an inflammatory response that manifests as aches and tiredness as well as other symptoms’. L-glutamine is an over-the-counter supplement to take if your IBS is making you fatigued or achy.

It’s an amino acid powder that may be found in a variety of foods, including chicken, fish, lentils, and spinach. Glutamate supplements were shown to safely decrease all main symptoms’ of IBS in an eight-week trial published online in the journal Gut in May 2019.

Powell claims that L-glutamine may aid in gut healing and therefore reduce permeability. “When you have diarrhea, take 2 tablespoons of baking soda once a day.”

4. Treatment of Chronic Pain with Acupuncture



If constipation is the primary symptom of your IBS, you may benefit from trying acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical practice.

Powell claims that acupuncture is particularly effective for relieving constipation and reactivating the digestive system. Thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular places during acupuncture to balance the body’s energy or life force, which is also known as qi. It’s based on the idea that qi travels via a network of channels called meridians throughout the body.

Acupuncturist and co-owner of Cornerstone Healing in Brooklyn, New York, Anne Mok, explains that inserting needles into acupuncture sites along meridians is believed to restore energy flow into equilibrium.

Effective treatment for IBS-C is acupuncture, which works by calming the autonomic nervous system.

Even if you have IBS-D, you may benefit from acupuncture. It was discovered that acupuncture enhanced functional brain connections and alleviated IBS-D symptoms’, according to research published in Frontiers in Neuroscience in December 2020.

5. Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress



Breathing techniques and mindfulness may help reduce stress, which in turn can help soothe the gut nerves. There are a variety of mindfulness practices recommended by the ACG for treating IBS symptoms’.

After an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction practice, more than 70% of the participants in the research reported reduced IBS symptoms’, according to a paper published in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility in September 2020.

After the eight-week trial period, the decrease in severity persisted for an additional three months.

Powell says to his patients, “I suggest 5-5-5.” In other words, “smell the flowers” by taking a deep breath and counting to five with your nose.

As though you were blowing out the candles on your birthday cake, inhale through your nose for five counts and exhale through your lips for five or longer.

IBS sufferers may benefit from this breathing method since it calms the autonomic nervous system. It also has the advantage of being transportable. “You can do it while you’re waiting for a red light to change in your vehicle.”

6. Yoga Helps with IBS Symptom



The mind-body connection may be strengthened by practicing mindfulness, but physical exercise is also important. Yoga, an age-old discipline that combines mindfulness with physical activity, is a particularly excellent method for promoting both.

Additionally, some research suggests that it may be beneficial in the treatment of IBS, although the results are mixed.

Journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences released a meta-analysis on the effects of different yoga practices focusing on connecting the mind, body, and breath in December 2019.

Many participants reported relief from IBS symptoms’, improved digestion and physical well-being in addition to better moods, less worry, and a more positive perspective on life.

As a consequence of the study’s findings, practicing yoga may help people with IBS have fewer symptoms’ by improving their physical health and perspective on life.



7. Use Peppermint Oil

For ages, people have used peppermint oil as a herbal treatment for a variety of illnesses.

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) now recognizes that this herb calms the gut and recommends it for the treatment of all symptoms’ of IBS.

Taking a peppermint oil capsule with meals frequently helps decrease the symptoms’ of IBS, including stomach discomfort, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation, according to a meta-analysis published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies in January 2019.

It’s important to know that peppermint oil has the potential to aggravate heartburn, so use caution while using it. If you’re considering using peppermint oil to cure your IBS, talk to your doctor first.

The disease is complex, and your doctor will need a full picture of the treatments you’re already taking to come up with a treatment plan.

Bottom Line

These are just some useful techniques to effectively deal with IBS and simply be mindful of what you choose to put inside or outside your body will go a long way!

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