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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, known better simply as IBS, is an
intestinal disorder characterized by a host of nebulous gastrointestinal
symptoms. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from the condition.
Unlike some other intestinal conditions, there is no
evidence to suggest that IBS causes long term damage to the digestive system or
that it pre-empts any more serious condition like cancer. Most IBS patients find relief from the
physical discomfort and emotional stress of the condition through a combination
of treatments and lifestyle alterations.
Here is a list of all the major physical symptoms of
IBS. Note that not every patient will
experience all these symptoms, but instead each case will include a unique
constellation of those listed below.
- Bad taste in mouth
- Abdominal cramping
- Premature fullness while eating
- Decreased appetite
- Frequent burping
- Audible sounds of digestion
- Compulsive urge to use the restroom
- Incomplete waste elimination
- Insomnia or disrupted sleep
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Skin flush
- Frequent diarrhea lasting more than 2 days
- Constipation lasting more than 2 days
- Excessive mucus in stools
- Pain while passing stools
- Abdominal discomfort relieved by stool passage
- Increased flatulence
- Visible and uncomfortable abdominal bloating
The following list indicates symptoms that are never
associated with IBS and may be indicative of a more serious condition. If you
are exhibiting any of these symptoms, we at Health911 urge you to immediately
seek medical attention to identify the cause of these potentially dangerous
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- Blood in stools or urine
- Persistent fever
- Unintended weight loss
- Pain that prevents restful sleep or awakens you
- Hardening of the abdominal cavity or stomach
- Diarrhea that wakes you up or interferes with
One exact cause of IBS has yet to be pinpointed. Instead, a range of potential causes have
been identified by doctors, natural remedy specialists, and even patients
themselves, speaking to the delicate nature of the human digestive tract. Some potential causes include:
- Stress – Rosemary Nicol, author of
the 1995 book Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Natural Approach, notes, “Most
people can trace their Irritable Bowel Syndrome back to a stressful time such
as divorce, threat of job layoff, unemployment, exams, and so on.” Her assertion is shared by doctors and
patients alike, who often notice an increase in the severity of their symptoms
during times of moderate to high stress.
- Infection and Antibiotics - There
are many health providers who see the disruption of the natural gut flora as a
cause of IBS. Every human has colonies
of “helpful” bacteria that live inside their intestinal tract and provide
valuable assistance digesting food, maintaining pH levels, and trapping harmful
agents. When these colonies become compromised or eliminated, it can cause a
variety of health problems for the individual including IBS. The two main events that can alter the levels
of helpful bacteria in the intestines are infection (especially Candida, or
yeast, infection) and antibiotic use.
- Laxative Use - Very rare laxative
use, while not the best solution to constipation, will not cause long term
damage of the intestines. However, too
frequent use or abuse can hurt the two essential elements that keep bowels
functioning in a proper manner: gut flora and muscle contractions. This has been identified as a potential cause
- Dietary Causes - The Western diet is
one of the most commonly suspected culprits for causing IBS. Too many refined foods, fried foods, wheat
and dairy, compounded with too little fiber and water can lead to a variety of
gastrointestinal problems, not the least of which is IBS. One study reported that wheat, corn, dairy,
coffee, tea, and citrus fruits were among the most common types of food known
to causes IBS.
For more valuable information on the causes of
IBS, check out our full length report!
How is IBS Diagnosed
IBS can best be described as process of elimination. Since the classic symptoms of IBS are common
to just about every gastrointestinal disorder, the most common approach to
diagnosing it is to rule out any other condition that might be the cause.
your health care professional to perform a general physical examination and ask
about any symptoms you’ve noticed along with changes in appetite, sleep habits,
sexual function, and medications. To eliminate other gastrointestinal
conditions, your health care provider may order blood tests to check for Celiac
Disease or hypothyroidism or have x-rays of your abdomen taken. Additionally,
they may want to perform a colonoscopy to check for bowel obstructions.
your doctor suspects a food allergy is causing all or some of your symptoms,
they will likely encourage diet trials to establish which food(s) may be
affecting your system. Often, they will
start with lactose intolerance tests to check for any dairy allergies.
the various exams assessing your condition are complete and negative for more
serious conditions, your health care professional may feel ready to give you a
diagnosis of IBS. At this time, they
will make suggestions regarding your dietary habits and may recommend a course
of prescription or alternative treatment to address your symptoms.
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Over the past fifteen years, a variety of prescription and
over-the-counter medications have been utilized by health care professionals to
alleviate the symptoms of IBS, including anti-diarrheals, antibiotics,
anti-cholinergics, and anti-depressants. There is currently no IBS-specific
medication approved by the FDA.
- A common suggestion for patients who suffer from IBS characterized by
diarrhea is the chemical loperamide.
Known best under the brand names Imodium and Lomotil, loperamide is an
anti-diarrheal medication available over-the-counter that works by slowing digestive
rhythm. Common side effects of
anti-diarrheals include constipation and physical dependence. Most anti-diarrheal medications are available
- Anti-depressants are often prescribed to patients reporting symptoms of
IBS to both stimulate serotonin production and also relieve emotional stress
and anxiety which may be antagonizing symptoms.
There is some evidence that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs) help reduce symptoms of IBS by blocking the activity of specific
intestinal nerves. Common brand name
SSRIs prescribed to IBS patients includes Prozac and Paxil. It should be noted that when anti-depressants
are used for IBS they are prescribed at doses significantly lower than
prescriptions used to treat depression.
Side effects of anti-depressants include hypomania, headaches, reduced
libido, and weight gain.
- A health care provider may prescribe an anti-cholingeric, also known as an
anti-spasmodic, to ease bowel spasms. This type of medication inhibits
acetylcholine, a neural transmitter that works in the nervous system by binding
with nerve cells to relay messages of action, sensation, or pain. While they
can be effective in treating diarrhea, anti-cholingerics can exacerbate constipation
as well as disrupt coordination, cause double vision, and increase body
temperature. The most well known brand
of anti-cholingerics is Spiriva.
Analgesics - In some instances, narcotic analgesics have been prescribed to
treat the symptoms of IBS. Narcotic
analgesics, known best under the brand names Vicodin, Percocet, and Codeine,
are opioid painkillers which are used in situations where an IBS patient’s
stress levels cannot be effectively controlled through other means or where the
bloating and cramping caused by the condition is unmanageably
uncomfortable. The prescription of
narcotic analgesics is relatively rare due to the significant risk of addiction
associated with them. Side effects include neural chemical dependence,
drowsiness, and constipation.
- If it is suspected that an individual’s IBS is caused by a bacterial
imbalance in the intestines, a health care professional may prescribe a course
of antibiotics to reduce colonies of unwanted flora. However, as previously noted, there is a
growing body of evidence to suggest that antibiotic use is one of the main causes
of IBS, making this traditional treatment option slightly ironic. The general side effect of antibiotics for
IBS is diarrhea, however decreased absorption of other medications is also
For more valuable information on the traditional
treatments for IBS, check out our full length report!
Misdiagnosis of Symptoms
One of the most challenging elements of IBS is that its
symptoms are broad and common among most gastrointestinal conditions, making it
easy to misdiagnosis the symptoms of IBS. To help you understand your symptoms
more, below is a list of the most common conditions IBS can be mistaken for
(and vice versa) including what their symptoms are and how they can be
distinguished from IBS.
- Food allergies - Food allergies are
immune system reactions to chemical compounds found in certain types of food.
The most common symptoms of a food allergy include hives, numbness in the
mouth, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and
dizziness. Food allergies and IBS may be
hard to differentiate between because just as an IBS episode can be “triggered’
by certain types of food, an individual with a food allergy will experience a
reaction every time they eat a food they are allergic to. If an individual is not experiencing other
symptoms of allergy, such as hives, swollen tongue or lips, or anaphylactic
shock, the best way to distinguished between a food allergy and IBS is through
blood tests which can measure the amount of immune cells present in the blood
before and after eating potentially allergic foods.
- Food intolerances - Food
intolerances are physical reactions to chemical compounds found in certain
types of food. Unlike a food allergy,
food intolerances are not caused by immune system responses but instead by a
variety of issues, ranging from the absence of necessary digestive enzymes to
sensitivity to synthetic preservatives. Symptoms for food intolerances
typically include abdominal bloating, cramping, diarrhea, excess gas, and
constipation. While food intolerances may trigger bouts of IBS, they are not
synonymous with the condition. There are
several tests that can be done to establish if the symptoms an individual
experiences are caused by IBS or an intolerance, including a trial and error
test and an enzyme test.
- Celiac Disease - Celiac Disease is
an autoimmune condition that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly
attacks the lining of the colon. Celiac Disease can cause long term damage to
the intestinal tract and increase the risk of developing cancer, specifically
lymphoma, by up to 50% due to the inappropriate activation of the immune
system. Celiac Disease exhibits almost
identical symptoms to IBS. The most
common way to tell them apart is through a blood test that measures the amount
of immune cell antibodies in the blood stream. Celiac patients will have high
levels of antibodies in their blood, while IBS patients will not.
Disease - Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
that is characterized by an inflammation of intestines. Unlike Ulcerative Colitis, which affects just
the upper layer of the intestinal lining, Crohn’s Disease causes inflammation
deep in the lining tissue, causing severe pain and other serious complications.
Many of the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are similar to IBS, and common symptoms
include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping.
Other symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are bloody stools, undesired weight loss,
and ulcers. There are a variety of tests which should be performed if you
report these symptoms, including fecal analysis, blood tests, and small bowel
imaging to check for ulcers and other perforations in the intestinal lining
that can lead to other, potentially fatal conditions.
- Ulcerative Colitis - Ulcerative
Colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is
characterized by continual inflammation of the lining of the large intestine
and rectum. The basic symptoms of all UC types are abdominal pain and
diarrhea. While Ulcerative Colitis
shares symptoms with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is easily distinguished from
IBS through bloody stools and side-specific pain. While mucus in stools is common with IBS,
blood in stools is not a recognized symptom of the condition. Similarly, IBS does not cause severe pain or
pain that is specific to one side of the body or intestinal tract. Also, serious weight loss is not a symptom of
For more valuable information on potential IBS
misdiagnosis, check out our full length report!
of its crucial role in digestion and nutrient absorption, dysfunctions of the
gastrointestinal system can affect other systems in the body, causing not only
a host of side effects but also an increased risk for developing several other
conditions. There are a few common
“companion conditions” that often develop in tandem with IBS as a result of the
- Fibromyalgia - Fibromyalgia is a
chronic condition. Its symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness, poor
sleep, and inexplicably sore points on the body. The Mayo Clinic reports that
around 2% of the United States
population suffers from fibromyalgia. A
study published in the 1991 edition of the British
Journal of Rheumatology reported that “as many as 60% of IBS patients also
suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Conversely, as many as 70% of FMS patients
have reported experiencing symptoms of IBS.”
- Leaky gut syndrome - “Leaky gut
syndrome” is a phrase used most often by alternative health practitioners to
describe the physical situation when the lining of the intestines becomes too
permeable, allowing toxins, parasites, and other harmful elements to pass out
of the digestive tract and directly into the blood stream. As these elements “leak” into the rest of the
body, the immune system is triggered to neutralize them, thereby causing a
variety of gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, cramping, and food sensitivity.
Dr. Andrew Weil notes that currently, Leaky gut syndrome is not recognized as
an accepted medical condition in the mainstream medical community, however
suggests that evidence to support its existence is growing. However, many
medical professionals believe that what some call LGS is really an instance of
- Other Conditions - There has been
some speculation that a link exists between Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other
conditions, such as liver enzyme imbalances and arthritis, however these claims
have not been validated by any significant mainstream or alternative
research. Furthermore, while mild
nutrient malabsorption is possible in patients with IBS, there is not enough
evidence to indicate it ever occurs on a serious or notable level. Individuals who are concerned about nutrient
loss due to chronic diarrhea should be sure to take a daily multivitamin and
eat nutrient rich foods to avoid any slight potential of malabsorption.
For more valuable information on companion conditions for IBS,
check out our full length report!
Changes to Make
There are a number of lifestyle remedies that an individual
who suffers from IBS may utilize to soothe their symptoms.
- Stress Management - Stress
management is a key lifestyle remedy for all individuals suffering from IBS due
to its relationship to the condition. There are a variety of effective stress
management techniques that can be employed by IBS patients to provide a
lifestyle remedy to their chronic symptoms.
Such techniques include practicing yoga, meditation, taking up a hobby
like painting or playing an instrument, or caring for an affectionate pet. Another effective stress management strategy
is to engage in conscious time management.
The bottom line when it comes to stress management is actively seeking
out a strategy that is effective for you as an individual.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment -
Some individuals suffering with IBS find the incorporation of Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT) very effective in
helping to reduce their symptoms. CBT
is a research based form of talk-therapy where individuals work with a
psychologist to set treatment goals, discuss various goal achievement
techniques, and measure progress of their condition. CBT has
been shown to be effective with IBS patients as a lifestyle remedy because it
helps isolate and improve sources of subconscious or unidentified stress.
- Exercise - Exercise is a lifestyle
remedy that can help release physical and emotional stress, two factors that
contribute strongly to the symptoms and frequency of IBS episodes. Moderate activities, such as walking, using a
cardio machine, and light weight training, can increase the amount of serotonin
released in the brain. Serotonin, as
noted in previous sections, is the “happy” brain chemical that stimulates
well-being, euphoria, and muscle relaxation.
Exercise also promotes blood flow and circulation, which can help
stimulate regular bowel movements and decreased flatulence.
- Hypnotherapy - Hypnotherapy has long
been utilized as a lifestyle remedy for IBS.
It is a form of psychotherapy that works through the power of suggestion
to reduce stress and calm the symptoms of the condition. Hypnotherapy has been proven to both reduce
stress and soothe bloating, cramping, flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea.
In addition to promoting relaxation, hypnotherapy can also allow an individual
a unique venue to work through the root emotional cause of IBS and resolve
it. Hypnotherapy may be performed by a
hypnotherapist or as a self-induced treatment.
Both forms of therapy, self-induced hypnosis or hypnosis with a
therapist, have been shown through medical studies to be very effective in
reducing IBS symptoms. Olafur Palsson,
Psy. D., notes that in published studies on hypnosis for IBS, “the response
rate to hypnosis is 80 percent or better.”
- Other Options - There are several
additional lifestyle remedies for IBS that have shown promising if not
quantifiable results for improving symptoms.
These remedies include acupuncture and massage.
For more valuable information on the lifestyle
remedies for IBS, check out our full length report!
Vitamins & Supplements
An extremely successful form of
alternative treatment which is gaining traction in the management of IBS is the
use of vitamins and supplements to both soothe symptoms and regulate intestinal
- Probiotics - Probiotics are the
“good” bacteria that enjoy a symbiotic relationship with human hosts. Philip A. Pappas, Ph.D. notes that “The use
of probiotics can help regulate the spastic nature of the bowel, [they] aid in
the whole digestive process and promote regularity and stop diarrhea.” Probiotic supplements are available in
several over-the-counter forms that help to replenish strains of beneficial gut
flora in the digestive system, including oral capsules and dairy products
fortified with with colonies of helpful bacteria.
- Vitamin B12 - B12, also known as
cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in fish, meat,
and dairy products. It is used by the
digestive tract to assist in the proper digestion of food. Individuals who suffer from IBS characterized
by diarrhea may not absorb enough B12 and therefore become deficient, which can
lead to other problems which exacerbate IBS like pernicious anemia. While taking a B12 supplement by itself is
often not enough to eliminate a person’s IBS, it is an integral step that can
assist in the healing process. According to the NIH, the RDA
for B12 in individuals who are not pregnant or nursing over the age of 14 is
- Calcium and Magnesium - While their
role in digestion is often overlooked, both calcium and magnesium are key
supplements that can aid in the regulation of IBS. The two supplements are best as a team when
it comes to reducing irregular digestive symptoms, as on its own calcium
promotes constipation and by itself magnesium can cause diarrhea. However, when taken together they work in
tandem to encourage proper and rhythmic muscle movement in the bowels. The
basic rules of thumb when considering adding these supplements to your diet is
to take them together and take 2x as much calcium as magnesium since magnesium
absorbs easier than calcium. The RDA
for calcium as dictated by the NIH is 1,000 mg for individuals under 50. The RDA
for magnesium is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women.
- L-Glutamine - L-Glutamine is a
non-essential amino acid and a supplement that is especially important for
digestive health. It is the main source
of energy for the cells lining the intestines and helps keep the walls of the
intestinal tract and mucus membrane strong to prevent toxins from “leaking” into
the rest of the system. Patients who
suffer from IBS characterized by diarrhea have found L-Glutamine supplements to
be very effective in treating their symptoms as it reduces the amount of water
in stools. The recommended initial
dosing for IBS patients is ¼ tsp mixed into 8oz of water taken on an empty
stomach. If symptoms are not relieved or
decreased within a week, dosing can be increased in increments of ¼ tsp until
satisfactory results are achieved. There
is no established RDA for L-Glutamine. Side effects are limited to upset stomach,
however individual with kidney problems should not take L-Glutamine.
- Fish Protein - One of the most
unique supplements that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of IBS
is pre-digested fish protein. Known best
under the brand name SeaCure, predigested fish protein is made from lean,
deep-ocean white fish that is fermented to create a product that is rich in
peptides, a protein molecule that is absorbed through the intestinal membrane. Individuals suffering from IBS have praised
its effectiveness in alleviated their symptoms; one patient noted, “used
regularly, [fish protein] does more to alleviate irritable bowel problems that
any fiber pills or powdered products I have taken.” Pre-digested fish protein
supplements are available in 500 mg capsule form. The suggested daily dose is 3 grams, or six
capsules. There are no reported side
effects or RDA for this supplement.
more valuable information on vitamins and supplements for IBS, check out our
full length report!
Maintaining digestive health in today’s world can be a real
challenge due to a variety of environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors
which threaten the delicate balance of the intestinal tract. To make sure you get the treatment and
solutions you need to experience digestive function at optimal levels, it is
vital that you advocate for your own intestinal health through asking questions
of your health care professional and educating yourself. If you suspect you may be suffering from IBS,
use the guide below to start getting the information and treatment you need
from your health care providers.
- Keep a
Symptoms Journal: If you are starting to suspect you may suffer from
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the first thing you need to do is record your
observations regarding the nature, severity, frequency, and duration of
intestinal symptoms you experience in a Symptoms Journal. You should also include a daily record of all
the food you eat and note any correlations you see between specific foods and
gastrointestinal reactions. After you have 2-3 weeks of data recorded in your
Symptoms Journal, review what you have observed and, if you feel something is
out of the ordinary, call your health care provider and make an appointment to
investigate. Be sure to take your
symptoms journal with you to the appointment!
- Ask The
Right Questions: Help direct the examination with your health care
provider and also advocate for yourself by asking specific questions regarding
what they are noticing. Here are a few
questions to ask as they are performing a physical exam:
- Are you noticing bloating in my abdomen?
- Do you
suspect a food allergy?
- Does my skin have a different consistency than
normal to you?
- Have I gained or lost weight since my last
- Do you suspect an IBD or Celiac Disease as a
cause of my symptoms? Why or why not?
Information: Just because your health care professional doesn’t
ask doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Be
sure to volunteer as much information as you can throughout the entire
examination as you think of issues without waiting to be asked directly. In addition to sharing the results of your
Symptoms Journal, be sure you share information about your recent diet, travel,
alcohol and drug consumption, etc. Nothing is irrelevant when it comes to
diagnosing your digestive dysfunction!
Certain Tests: When you are at your appointment with your health care
provider, insist they order blood tests and imaging screens to check for more
serious gastrointestinal conditions.
Remember, the symptoms of IBS are identical to many more sinister
conditions, therefore IBS should be a diagnosis given only when every other
potential cause of the symptoms has been ruled out.
For more valuable information on talking to
your doctor about IBS, check out our full length report!
In addition to the variety of vitamin and supplements that
have been shown to help handle and improve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, there are a host of herbal remedies which mainstream medical
professionals and alternative practitioners alike also recommend for managing
- Anti-Spasmodic Herbs - Like their
prescription cousins, anti-spasmodic herbs ease the bowel spasms characteristic
of IBS and help reduce diarrhea or the oscillation between diarrhea and
constipation. They inhibit the neural
transmitters that send signals to the gut, allowing the intestinal muscles to
relax and become smooth. Some
Anti-Spasmodic herbs include lavender (Lavedula
officinalis), anise seed (Pimpinella
anisum), wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum),
and betony (Stachys betonica).
- Ayurvedic Herbs - Ayurvedic herbs
are a class of Indian plants which have been proven effective in treating a
variety of medical problems, including IBS.
Traditional Ayurvedic herbs include ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), guggul (commiphora
murkul), and kachnar (bauhinia
pupurea), bael tree fruit (aegle
marmelos), conessi tree (halarrhena
anti-dysenterica), guduchi stem (tinospora
corifolia), pomegranate fruit (punica granatum), and nut grass (cyperus rotundus). When it comes to individual dosing, Dr.
Virender Sodhi, an Ayurvedic specialist, cautioned in a 2003 edition of Natural Health Magazine that “A doctor
trained in natural medicine can help you determine which treatment is most
appropriate and what doses to take.”
- Chamomile and Valerian - These two
herbs have been found to be effective dealing with IBS characterized by
diarrhea or combination diarrhea and constipation because they relax the
movement of the intestinal muscles and slow the passage of stools through the
bowels. Both herbs have mild sedative
properties, and therefore should not be taken before driving or operating heavy
- Chinese Herbs - There are 20
distinct Chinese herbs which can be utilized together to improve symptoms of
IBS, including Asian Psyllium Seed, Fang Feng Root, Licorice Root, and Ginger
Root. While there are some premade
capsules available that contain these traditional Chinese herbs, it is
recommended that individuals interested in using them for IBS healing see a
professional herbologist or Chinese practitioner to receive a personalized
- Peppermint - Peppermint is one of
the most heralded herbal treatments available for IBS. It can soothe the digestive tract and calm
irregular and spastic intestinal movements.
It is considered a natural anti-spasmodic and carminative, an element
that removes blocked gas from the digestive tract. Peppermint can be utilized effectively in
either oil or tea form. To make
peppermint tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp of dried peppermint
leaves or 2 tsp fresh leaves. Let the
tea steep for 10 minutes to reach its optimal potency before enjoying. You may drink up to four cups a day if
Many IBS sufferers also find relief from their symptoms by
incorporating the following dietary adjustments into their daily routines:
- Keeping a Food Diary – Most IBS
sufferers notice there is one particular trigger food that aggravates their
symptoms. While common triggers include dairy, fatty foods, and wheat products,
patients have reported trigger foods that reach across all food groups and
compositions. Keeping a food diary can
help you understand what foods may trigger your specific symptoms.
- Water - Maintaining proper hydration
is especially key for IBS patients who are increasing the amount of fiber in
their diet. Fiber will only make stools
softer and easier to pass when it is moist; if fiber is ingested and not
hydrated properly it will also become hard and rigid inside the intestines and
promote constipation and bloating. To
keep fiber, and other material, moving effectively through the intestines it is
important to drink at least 64 oz of water per day. Drink more if you can – some experts suggest
an ounce of water for every 1-2 pounds of body weight.
- Processed and Refined Foods - Reducing
the amount of processed and refined foods in the diet can go a long way to
calming the symptoms of IBS. Examples of
everyday processed and refined foods includes French fries, bacon, packaged
cakes and cookies, hot dogs, most breakfast cereals, canned foods, chips, and
anything made with white flour like white bread, refined pasta, and white
rice. Lunch meats, such as Spam and deli
meats, are also highly processed and treated with large amounts of synthetic
chemical preservatives. If you are suffering from IBS, significantly reducing
the amount of these foods you consume and replacing them with whole grains,
fruits, and vegetables can help soothe your symptoms.
- Dairy and Wheat - Dairy products and
wheat products are common causes of intestinal dysfunction in humans. In dairy, the offending agent is typically
lactose, a sugar that some stomachs find challenging to digest properly. In wheat, the culprit is gluten, a protein
found in barley and oats.
Unsurprisingly, both of these food types have been linked to causing or
For more valuable information on natural
remedies for IBS, check out our full length report!