Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) causes chronic pain to millions of people worldwide. Many sufferers turn to prescription drugs to get relief. Like many other ailments, IBS can be treated without the use of drugs, and only using more natural remedies.
Each person will have a different set of lifestyle changes that works for them, and not everything on this list will work for everyone. These are a few ways that could provide relief from IBS.
Watch what goes inside
Our bodies are not designed to break down the gluten proteins, so eradicating them from diets may prove to help IBS. Gluten proteins are found in pasta, bread, rye, oats, barley, beer, and so much more. Removing this gluten can aid in relieving IBS, but it can also give the gut a break from trying to break down the harsh proteins.
Other common allergens are eggs, yeast, dairy, soy, and nuts. If relief is found while eliminating gluten, try eliminating these other allergens to determine if they are IBS triggers. These potential allergens should be eliminated for at least six weeks, then introduced one at a time to determine whether or not they are real allergens.
Introducing probiotics can help the natural flora in the gut to thrive. Natural probiotics are found in kimchi, tempeh, kombucha, miso soup, sauerkraut, kefir, and apple cider vinegar. The natural bacteria in our bodies can be compromised by anxiety, prescription medications, processed foods, and even chlorinated water.
Additional fibre can keep the bowel functioning properly and aid in reducing IBS symptoms. A few tablespoons of ground flax seed daily can help to regulate the bowel.
Heal your mind
IBS can present itself because of mental stressors and anxieties such as tension or emotional conflict. Healing the mind is just as important as healing the body. Practicing deep breathing, meditation, and exercising are all ways that can help to balance the mind and work through the stress or anxiety.
Feeling peace in the mind can translate to feeling peace in the gut. Working out just 30 minutes a day 5 days a week is recommended by the American Heart Association, and this will stimulate intestinal contractions, relieving stress and bowel discomfort. This will also relieve other stress, depression, and anxiety when done consistently.
Essentials oils are known for their healing properties, and more specifically, frankincense helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which boosts the immune system. Peppermint oil is known to calm muscle spasms that happen in the gut, and tarragon, caraway, coriander, anise, and fennel all soothe stomach aches and reduce bloating.
Change the way you eat
There is a group of foods made of gassy carbohydrates called FODMAPs. This stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols- and these contribute to IBS. Avoiding these reduces the symptoms of IBS, and includes apples, mushrooms, beans, milk, and onions.
Also, eating in portions that are smaller can reduce the strain on the gut, thus reducing the symptoms of IBS. Other foods that can exacerbate IBS are cabbage, broccoli, coffee, soda, alcohol, and chocolate.
Having IBS need not prevent you from leading a normal life. By utilising these natural remedies and learning how to manage your symptoms, you can remain both carefree and pain-free.