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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Advice

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Question: My doctor has diagnosed IBS. Can you suggest anything to relieve my symptoms?

16 September, 2008 – 17:36

Answer: The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) vary widely from one individual to another.

Some have sharp stabbing abdominal pain, or a deep-seated ache; in other cases there is no pain.

Episodes of stomach upset, spasms, cramping, urgency to pass a motion, diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, windiness and nausea, are all very common symptoms.

Food intolerances are often common causes of IBS, so food elimination and rotation diets are a good idea.

The most common allergens are wheat and dairy foods so it is always a good idea to eliminate these first. Think rice instead of pasta and seek out some of the many cow’s milk alternatives such as soya, rice, hazelnut or almond milk.

IBS has also been linked to overgrowths of fungi, such as candida albicans, parasites or harmful bacteria.

A good probiotic supplement (friendly bacteria) such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, will help to restore a healthy level of bowel flora.

Two capsules three times daily for six weeks will help restore a healthy gut flora balance and ease symptoms.

Herbal remedies can also be helpful.

The Tormentil Complex is a combination of tormentilla herb, which helps to reduce the frequency and severity of loose motions and Avena Sativa, which exerts a mild sedative and restorative effect on the nervous system.

Aloe Vera juice also has a long history of use for bowel problems, helping to cleanse, heal and detoxify.

A small wine glass three times daily for ten days, followed by one glass daily as needed will greatly improve even the most entrenched condition.

Finally, stress and emotional tension can worsen the symptoms of IBS, so find time to unwind and relax.

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, enjoy a walk in the fresh air or simply try to breathe more deeply to soothe the stress levels and settle that irritable tummy.

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