Foods that can help calm IBS
Naturally fermented "live"
probiotic foods such as fermented vegetables, dairy and soy products are usually
best. Sauerkraut, clabber, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, kefir, natto, miso,
tempeh, soy sauce, tofu and unpasteurized beer are some of the most complete
According to Dr. Marcus Laux,
there are two types of IBS. Constipation-predominant IBS and
diarrhea-predominant IBS. Constipation-predominant IBS may be a result of
elevated norepinephrine levels -- which causes serotonin levels to decrease.
(Serotonin is made in the intestines, which is also where 95% of the body's
supply is located -- most of the rest is in the brain, with trace amounts in the
blood and other organs.) Conversely, plasma serotonin is typically
elevated in people with diarrhea-predominant IBS.
Since the drug Zelnorm imitates
serotonin in the GI tract, it has recently become the constipation-predominant
IBS treatment of choice. Zelnorm moves the bowels by acting on nerve cells
in the gut. It aggravates diarrhea-predominent IBS, and is not generally
effective for men or people over the age of 64. Additionally, in cliical
trials, Zelnorm was only 5% to 11% more effective than a placeby -- which means
it doesn't even work for most women. According to the package insert,
Zelnorm works best during the first month of use and its benefits fade after
Natural alternatives to
Enteric coated peppermint oil
(inexpensive, safe and available) has been shown to be effective in reducing
bloating, pain and discomfort. However, if you have acid reflux or
heartburn, you should first consult an informed healthcare provider for advice.
Fennel seed tea promotes
healthy digestion and is also anti-spasmodic and therefore good for
diarrhea-predominant IBS. It can also be a welcome relief for bloating and
gas pain -- which are often the hardest IBS symptoms to overcome. It is a
standard medical tea in Germany for dyspepsia. Organic seeds are best and
Heather's Tummy Tea is a good product. The longer you steep the tea, the
more powerful it will be. Crush and break the seeds a bit between two
spoons before steeping for maximum release of potency.
Gamma oryzanol is a
powerful extract from rice bran oil that has gastrointestinal mucus-protecting
properties and exerts a regulation effect on the nervous system.
IBStrol, based on the
ancient Tibetan formula Xijizhuba, is the latest development in gastrointestinal
health. The formula contains rhubarb, myrabolam, ginger, and Tibetan inula.
It is good for abdominal distention, bloating, epigastric pain, acid
regurgitation, and heartburn. Although it is not a cure, more than 90% of
patients find relief from symptoms. It is a completely nontoxic treatment
that is extremely safe without any harmful adverse effects.
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the rest of this article:
Diet can play a big role in
easing symptoms of IBS. Diet Suggestions and how to introduce them.
Helpful Natural Supplements
and how to take them, including slippery elm and Sialex.
Food Triggers for IBS
Things that may aggravate IBS