It is estimated that 15% of the population suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include painful abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea. If you or someone you know suffers from this painful condition, take a look into these natural remedies to get irritable bowel syndrome under control.
Antidepressants: Cause, Not Cure
Though some people with irritable bowel syndrome are prescribed antidepressants for their condition, an antidepressant may actually be contributing to the problem. Some antidepressants can disrupt natural intestinal flora, creating a deficiency in healthy bacteria. This can cause problems in digestion, which could lead to irritable bowel syndrome. Talk to your doctor about other options for treatment of depression or visit a naturopath for natural treatments.
Hidden Food Allergies
Irritable bowel syndrome could be caused or made worse by hidden food intolerances or allergies. To rule out offending foods, it is best to do an elimination diet. The most common food allergens are wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, nuts, eggs and citrus fruits. Remove these from your diet for at least two weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time, taking care to keep a food diary to note how each food makes you feel. This alone may completely alleviate your irritable bowel syndrome.
A Healing Diet
In addition to removing offending foods from your diet, treating irritable bowel syndrome naturally requires a healing diet. Eliminating processed foods and increasing your intake of whole, raw foods is an essential part of healing your troubled digestive system. Foods such as green, leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and organic meats will help your digestive system get back in balance and reduce or eliminate your irritable bowel syndrome.
Bulk Fiber & Probiotics
If you experience chronic diarrhea due to irritable bowel syndrome, it may seem counterintuitive to use bulk fiber. However, a bulk fiber such as psyllium will actually help your stools become more formed and help to reduce frequency. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, think about adding probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that crowd out harmful bacteria in the intestine and promote proper digestion and absorption of nutrients in food, which can help heal or eliminate your irritable bowel syndrome.
Herbs & Supplements
Ginger is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, and can be sipped in a soothing tea. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to heal the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and inflammatory that can help ease the symptoms of inflammation, protect the intestinal tract and promote healing. The supplement Omega 3 is another powerful anti-inflammatory that can soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and improve health.
Proper absorption of nutrients is vital to proper immune system function and if you have irritable bowel syndrome, you digestion could be compromised. Digestive enzymes are designed to help the digestive system effectively break down foods. They has been reported to help those with irritable bowel syndrome.
The Healing Arts
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, there are a few healing arts that may benefit you. Yoga is a relaxing form of moving meditation that provides massage to the internal organs, which can help promote proper digestion and ease the pain of irritable bowel syndrome. Massage can improve digestive health by boosting the metabolism. Massage also provides relaxation and stress reduction which can help enhance digestive function, especially in people with irritable bowel syndrome as stress seems to be a major contributing factor. Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that uses tiny, hollow needles placed on certain points on the body to promote the rebalancing of vital life force energy, or ‘chi’. Reiki is another form of energy healing that is ‘hands-on’ and focuses on healing and rebalancing chi. One or more of these healing arts should prove useful in treating the symptoms of your irritable bowel syndrome.
If you have irritable bowel syndrome, you don’t have to suffer. Treating irritable bowel syndrome naturally can open up a whole new world of health!
Note: If your irritable bowel syndrome does not improve or get worse, it is advisable to seek the help of your healthcare provider.