Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Author -  Vicki Martin. Nutritionist, Naturopath

Are you plagued with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel symptoms can include abdominal bloating and soreness, wind, stomach cramps, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, backache, and fatigue.

Self-care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be approached in a number of ways—but it can be hard to know just where to start. To make it easier try these simple steps first:

Explore food sensitivities, and avoid problem foods: typically milk, cheese, caffeine-containing drinks, sugar, and alcohol can cause Irritable Bowel symptoms. Change your diet where possible to exclude these problem foods and drinks. You may need to work with a qualified health professional to identify other foods that could be aggravating your condition.

  • Find the right fibre: fibre can go a long way toward easing the IBS symptoms of both diarrhoea and constipation. High-fibre foods include ground linseed, rye, brown rice, oatmeal, barley, and vegetables. These foods, plus high-fibre seed powders like psyllium will help you to find the right balance of regularity without uncomfortable episodes of constipation or diarrhoea. 
  • Try a herbal tea: herbal teas can settle even the most uncomfortable tum. Peppermint, chamomile, ginger, and liquorice teas are all worth experimenting with for their gentle relaxing digestive effects. You can try a detox or regularity combination herbal tea to ease constipation. 
  • Develop good routines: stress and poor routine may be a factor in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Relaxation techniques and Magnesium supplements may also help in these situations. 
  • Look after your friendly bacteria: boost the good bacteria in your gut with regular doses of healthy yoghurt and miso soup. 
  • Are your symptoms recent? Herbals like Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Aloe Vera juice, and Flaxseed oil can help to detox your system if your Irritable Bowel symptoms started after medications, travel, or surgery. 
  • Essential Fatty Acids: fish oil capsules can considerably ease digestive inflammation. Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that can balance and restore inflamed tissues in the gut. 
  • Get a checkup! Do get your healthcare practitioner to test and check you. Some Irritable Bowel symptoms turn out to be caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats.