4 Simple Steps to Reverse IBS without Drugs
Updated: Aug 11, 2020
Wondering if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, it is estimated that anywhere between 25 and 45 million people in the US have symptoms of IBS. Typically, it affects women more than men, and for some, the symptoms are minor. For others though, these symptoms can disrupt your daily life.
When your symptoms are severe, you may find yourself cancelling plans with loved ones. You may avoid going out to places where you can’t easily find a bathroom when problems arise. Living with IBS can bring much discomfort as well as lead to mental anguish.
Think you have IBS? Take a look at the symptoms below to see if it corresponds to what you’re experiencing.
1. Abdominal Pain
One of the telltale signs of IBS is cramping and pain in the abdominal area. The reason for this pain is a lack of communication and coherence in your gut due to inflammation. When there is an imbalance with good bacteria, your immunity is compromised. Meanwhile, the signals from your gut and brain miss connections that cause tension in your muscles.
2. Diarrhea or Constipation
For some suffering with IBS, you may contend with diarrhea, constipation, or both. It may sound odd to have each extreme, but when it comes to diarrhea, the urge is immediate and sudden. With constipation, the pain of built up stool can be excruciating.
3. Gas and Bloating
More woes that befall you when you have IBS are the experiences of gas and bloating. If your pants fit fine earlier in the day and later feel too tight, boating from IBS may be to blame.
4. Food Intolerance
The overwhelming majority of those diagnosed with IBS have food trigger symptoms, as per a study published in 2006 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A functional medicine approach to treat IBS is to find out which foods are triggering your symptoms.
5. Anxiety and Depression
Scientific American published articles that concluded that the gut functions as a second brain. Due to these findings, it led scientists to understand that an imbalance in the gut can lead to IBS. Additionally, this imbalance may cause psychological issues. You may feel anxious or depressed dealing with IBS symptoms or the inflammation in your gut may cause anxiety due to the gut's connection with the brain.
Natural and Integrative Ways to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is not something you have to suffer alone feeling like there is no end in sight. You should certainly come in for an evaluation to be sure that the symptoms you’re experiencing are indeed IBS. There are alternative, botanical, and natural ways to help cure your IBS.
The goal is to heal your gut of inflammation and restore your gut's microbiome while relieving your symptoms to get you back on track. Here’s how you can take the holistic approach to healing.
1. Try the IBS Diet
For an integrative approach to defeating IBS, you should embark on a low-FODMAP diet. This diet allows you to reduce your intake of fermentable carbs which are often the culprit behind bloating and other unpleasant digestive issues. For a short time, you’ll avoid foods like wheat, dairy, beans, garlic, onions, fruit, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, sugar alcohols, and agave nectar, to name a few. After eliminating these foods, you will gradually reintroduce them which will help you to figure out which are causing you gastrointestinal distress.
2. Lifestyle Changes
Making positive changes in your lifestyle is another natural way that leads to better results. Stress causes inflammation in your body, especially in your digestive system. Reducing stress through activities like yoga, meditation, or walking in a peaceful setting outdoors will help. Additionally, exercise lowers your risk of suffering from IBS so, if you’re not already working out with regularity, now’s the time to start.
Plus, if you have trouble sleeping, exercising earlier in the day can help your body get into a better rhythm for sleep. Try it!
3. Intermittent Fasting
Another simple way to tackle IBS naturally is intermittent fasting. Fasting in the morning or evening allows your digestive track time to process foods, therefore, relieving your symptoms.
4. Natural Botanical Supplements
One of the best ways to get the gut back into good health is consuming probiotics. This will allow the bacteria to balance in your gut which will reduce IBS symptoms. Also, probiotics treat leaky gut syndrome which often triggers IBS.
Those lacking in vitamin D may be more prone to IBS too. Taking a natural supplement that gives your body the vitamins you need may also end your despair. But that’s not the only functional medicine for alternative IBS therapies.
Since there are different types of IBS and different symptoms, it’s important to get evaluated to know whether you have IBS or another digestive system issue. Thus, we do not recommend buying tons of supplements and experimenting on your own. However, once we know what the exact problem is, there are holistic supplements and treatments that can be implemented.
For example, if you’re having digestive issues, digestive enzymes will be greatly beneficial. If yeast is a problem, berberine may smooth things out. Additionally, constipation can be brought up to speed with peppermint oil. Leaky gut syndrome can be a precursor to many issues, but with the intake of oregano oil, it can be a thing of the past.
There are a number of supplements and botanicals that are available to use to treat IBS. Navigating supplements can be confusing. Often, it’s too easy to wind up spending hundreds of dollars on supplements that may not help or be appropriate for your specific needs. That’s why it’s always best to work with a professional to get guidance.
The list goes on and on for alternative, safe, and natural ways to bring balance back to your life. Suffering with the symptoms of IBS is not a pleasant way to live. If the symptoms above are a common reality for you, take the first steps to schedule a Discovery Consultation and get control of your life back.