Coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be as taxing as treating it. Even though IBS symptoms vary in every individual, the condition most commonly causes upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, or a combination of both, but its symptoms are different for every person who suffers from it. So, then, is what works to provide relief.
IBS medications help to alleviate the symptoms, but you can also complement your treatment with natural remedies like incorporating certain foods into your diet and avoiding trigger foods and stress.
Add probiotics into your diet
Probiotics are live microorganisms, “good” bacteria, that fermented foods contain, such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut. Probiotics have the ability to replace the healthy gut bacteria in our body if need be, and they promote a healthy digestive system. Research also shows that probiotics can relieve the symptoms of IBS if your doctor thinks it appropriate in your case.
On the other hand, since food intolerance and allergies are often common triggers of IBS, if you are lactose intolerant, you can opt for probiotic supplements.
Increase your fiber intake
Consuming more fiber may alleviate IBS symptoms considerably. While your doctor can help you in deciding on the right amount per day more cautiously, adults need to consume at least 25-30 grams of dietary fiber. You can eat more vegetables, fruits, wheat bran products, and whole grains to increase your fiber intake, as well as take fiber supplements like psyllium.
However, a word of caution, medical professionals advise against too much fiber if your IBS symptoms are often diarrhea, bloating, or gas.
Try peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is possibly the most effective herbal IBS remedy. Peppermint oil, due to its properties, controls muscle spasms. Many studies have shown that people with IBS who consume peppermint oil daily experience less stomach cramping, bloating, and gas.You can take peppermint oil capsules or add some to your tea or water.
Incorporate turmeric into your diet
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, some studies have found that turmeric can help regulate irregular muscle spasms and relieve cramps and diarrhea. Medical supervision is recommended when you take turmeric, but the recommended dosage is 300 mg, three times a day.
Know your triggers
While everyone’s IBS triggers differ, some usual suspects aggravate IBS in most cases. Limit your intake of stimulants or cut them out altogether if possible, like alcohol, sugary caffeinated drinks, and smoking.
Iberogast, which is also referred to as STW 5, is an oral medication that is a combination of different plant extracts–including peppermint oil–that have all been proven to improve the symptoms of IBS. Just as peppermint oil on its own, iberogast lessens muscle spasms and improves digestion.
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