If you constantly suffer with bloating, diarrhea, constipation, pain, cramps, and other digestive problems, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans who suffer form IBS. You may have tried some over the counter medicine, or maybe you haven’t. Let’s look at how to treat IBS naturally, rather than poison yourself with medicine that will only make it worse.
What Causes The IBS Disease?
Have you wondered what causes your IBS? There are many contributing factors, but the most important ones are food allergies (or sensitivities) and the overgrowth of unwanted bacteria in your small intestine.
Other causes could be parasites, zinc and magnesium deficiency, stressful situations and anxiety (these last two could also be results of the IBS, not just causes).
How To Treat IBS Naturally
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So, in order to get rid of the IBS naturally, you need to address the mail possible causes: food sensitivities and bacteria overgrowth. If you can, do a food sensitivity test. But if you can’t afford it (it can get expensive), just do an elimination diet. Start by eliminating foods that usually cause sensitivities: wheat, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, etc.Then reintroduce them slowly, one at a time and see which one triggers your irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
Also eliminate sugar: it feeds the bad bacteria in your gut and will feed yeast overgrowth which could also trigger IBS symptoms. Sugar also lowers your immune system, and you don’t really need an impaired immune system if you want to get rid of your IBS.
Foods You Can Eat For IBS
While each person reacts differently to food, there are some foods that are better than others for those who suffer with digestive issues, including IBS.
Fruits and vegetables are generally good, especially cooked. Try cooking them without oil: grilled, boiled, steamed, etc. to minimize irritations. Eat low fat, fiber rich foods, and stay away form spicy and greasy food, as well as dairy.
Essential Oils For IBS
Another great natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome is the use of essential oils. Some essential oils will help soothe your upset stomach, calm your stress, soothe pain and generally help you better deal with this problem. The most popular essential oils for IBS are:
- ginger oil
- peppermint oil
- anise oil
- frankincense oil
- fennel oil
Here’s more information about essential oils for IBS.
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Teas For IBS
Just like essential oils, herbal teas can help calm down your stomach problems without any side effects whatsoever. There are a few teas that can work miracles for irritable bowel sufferers:
- chamomile tea may help reduce inflammation and calm abdominal spasms
- fennel tea is great at reducing bloating and gas, and it tastes delicious! It can also have a mild laxative action, in case you suffer with IBS constipation
- peppermint tea will have a soothing effect on your abdominal tract, and will help when you have IBS diarrhea
You should drink a cup of tea 2 to 4 times a day: morning and night are great times for a cup of tea. Drink the teas individually, or mix them up for a bit of variety.
Final Suggestions for IBS Sufferers
As you embark in treating your IBS naturally, remember to be patient, and always take good care of yourself. Stick with a good diet, exercise daily, drink lots of eater (or herbal teas), and stay positive. It may take a while, but changing your lifestyle may prove to be the best thing you can do for your health.
I don’t know if I have IBS, but I have always had a sensitive stomach. I’ve been drinking tea more often lately, but I never thought to use essential oils. I’m definitely going to try these suggestions 🙂
The intestines are lowly but they sure can cause some distress! And Western medicine doesn’t offer much. Thanks for the sensible suggestions.