IBS Relief Tips
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, is more widespread than we might suppose. This post is to provide you with some IBS relief tips including diet, nutritional supplements and avoiding trigger foods.
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The main symptom of IBS is abdominal pain and cramps after eating. A sufferer may also experience diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating. Sometimes mucous may be seen in the feces.
These symptoms usually are ongoing for at least 90 days before an IBS diagnosis is considered by a medical doctor. For this diagnosis, the symptoms are present in spite of the absence of true structural damage to the intestines.
Most people have symptoms in the milder range, and fortunately, an improved diet can usually relieve the suffering considerably.
Contributing factors to an irritable bowel may be:
- Food allergies
- Altered bowel microflora (of the acidophilus type)
- Intestinal parasites
- Lack of dietary fiber
- Lack of digestive enzymes
- Sugar in your diet
- Refined carbohydrates (white foods like breads, crackers, pastas)
- Chemical non-foods (colorings and other additives, food preservatives in processed foods)
- Foods made from petroleum products
All of the above will antagonize your condition.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is associated with emotional stresses like depression, hysteria, obsessive-compulsive traits, anxiety, resentment, marital conflicts, death of a loved one, or prolonged excessive anxiety over everyday matters. IBS occurs predominantly in women, at a ratio of 3:1 to men, and the average age of onset is 20-40.
IBS Relief Foods
Wild caught cold water fish are an excellent source of OMEGA 3 OILS, those anti-inflammatory and soothing fatty acids which nurture the mucous membrane body tissues, myofascia, muscles and joints. Myofascia is the connective tissue wrapping your muscle groups, and it can get inflamed, knotted and tense just like your muscles.
Now that the factories of our industrialized nations have contaminated ocean waters, and consequently the fish and mammals that live in the oceans, it is recommended generally not to eat these fish more than 3-4 times a week. These recommendations can vary if you are pregnant, so check with your doctor.
Omega 3 oils are the components of eicosanoids, hormone-like compounds that regulate blood pressure, clotting, and many other biochemical functions.
Currently, the best source of omega 3 fats from marine life, is OMEGA REJUVENOL a daily nutritional supplement. Click on that link to view its ingredients, all designed to reduce inflammation.
With the contaminants removed (mercury and others), you can have a daily dose and let the omega-3 fatty acids do what they have been reported to do well:
- Balance the immune system,
- Decrease inflammation,
- Diminish depression and anxiety(which may be contributing to your IBS)
- Lower some of the risk factors for heart disease
IBS Pain Treatment
Grass fed beef, butter, yogurts, kefirs and creams/sour creams will enhance your IBS pain treatment regimen.
These foods are balanced in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Grain fed animals however, produce meats and dairy foods that are predominantly Omega 6 fats. Omega 6 fats produce inflammation in the body.
These precious grass fed foods are super healthy for normal skin, joints, and soft tissues. Their Omega 3 oils are anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. I see more and more of these foods in the produce markets now. The demand has moved the prices from the “elite” food category much closer to those of the factory lot foods.
Yoga IBS Relief
The practice of yoga has long been known to promote comfortable digestion. Yoga postures increase circulation throughout the body and many focus on the abdominal organs.
Simultaneously, the mindful approach and conscious breathing patterns of yoga routines calm the nervous system. Stress and anxiety are triggers for IBS, and yoga helps with stress management.
Yoga may also relieve insomnia and combined with a supplement such as NATIVE REST, and further decrease habitual anxious responses to daily events.AL
Aromatic spices enhance digestion, producing an anti-inflammatory soothing effect on the gut. For most IBS sufferers it is best to avoid hot condiments like cayenne or chili peppers. CURCUMIN TRIPLE BURN is a supplement that is designed to nurture sensitive body tissues. The “burn” refers to its power, rather than its actual heat.
I hope this post has given you some useful IBS relief tips. Have you tried any of these? Do you have any tips you would like to share below?
14 thoughts on “IBS Relief Tips”
Hi Glenys. I do take them daily. I also use flax seed oil for my salad dressings, and grass-fed butter, for additional omega 3 oil. I think people suffer indigestion, bloating and even pain a lot. They learn to avoid foods that aggravate their symptoms, but many don’t know that you can heal the gut and enjoy life! Gut flora has to be completely replaced after taking anti-biotics, which most folks don’t realize. Thanks for your feedback!
From what I’ve read about probiotics that could definitely be the case. The naturopath oriented doctors (some M.D.’s) recommend that we take these every day, always. You can get them from fermented foods too, like unpasturized sauerkrauts. Our moods can be improved by gut health, and in fact, much of our serotonin appears in the gut. So much to learn! Thanks for your thoughts here!
I agree with you that Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS could actually be more common that we know. I know many people with this condition unfortunately and a few more that I suspect have it. You are right, the people that I know with IBS have food allergies and bad gut flora. It’s good to know that OMEGA-3 Fish oil or OMEGA REJUVENOL can help. I was just wondering if you take these daily as well?
I don’t suffer from IBS myself but is it possible that the condition is caused by an imbalance in a person’s gut flora? A few weeks ago, I came down with a bad dose of food poisoning. I suffered diarrhea and vomiting. Luckily I didn’t have stomach cramps to go with all that.
I got some a month’s supply of pro-biotic capsules from my pharmacist which were to re-populate my innards with good bacteria. They seemed to do a very good job in getting my innards working smoothly again. But what I also noticed was that towards the end of the course, my asthma had disappeared and I remained asthma-free for 6 weeks. Then the symptoms started to reappear.
It may just be coincidence that I became asthma free at the time I was taking the probiotics but there’s increasing evidence that the balance of different bacterias in the gut influence many things about how we function and feel, including mental health.
So is it possible that taking pro-biotic supplements could alleviate the symptoms of IBS?
Hi Stacy. It’s a real battle in the beginning isn’t it? We’re so fortunate now that many medical doctors are learning about nutrition, allergies and more. Quality foods and supplements are vital! Thanks for your input here.
Hi Tara. I myself prefer seafood that doesn’t taste “fishy”. I have tried cheaper brands for fish oil supplements but can’t stand the fish taste if I burp later. That’s why I stick with this one, Omega Rejuvenol lol.
Hi Michelle. Thanks for reading my article! I certainly hope that one day humans will decide to stop polluting our oceans. Where will it all end? Another huge topic….
Hi Orion. I’m so glad you are not a sufferer! Taking/consuming Omega 3 oils will save you from many types of inflammation!
I really appreciate your post. I have been dealing with severe food allergies and tummy issues for almost 20 years now. When my reactions started there was not a lot of valuable information about how to combat and deal with these debilitating symptoms. The nutrition world has evolved so much over the years. Your advice is spot on!
I am not a fan of seafood – especially fish. I am glad that there are available supplements instead so we can still benefit from the omega-3. I had no idea that stress can affect or bring on IBS. I often eat spicy food – way more often than I should, so somedays it may feel like IBS. Thank you for writing this informative article.
Great article. I love fish so I know I have a handle on my 3-6-9 oils. But you are so right, the pollution at sea makes it difficult to make seafood a staple part of the diet sometimes – you are never sure what the fish will eat and then in turn what you will end up eating. Scary.
Anyway, I digress. I am glad that you have mentioned a couple of supplements that can help the IBD issue. Of course, the best diet coupled with exercise will always make a difference as well.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for this informative article, though I do not suffer from IBS, and from what I read, I understand that is because I do have a well-balanced diet filled with Omega 3 (unknowingly so!).
Though the body will react to various emotional pains – and you state it well in your article, having the understanding will help alleviate some of the pain. You give really good advice here and good solutions. Thanks for that =)
All the best – Orion
Hi Dushan and thanks for commenting here! Yes I’ve always heard that cod liver oil is healthy. Current medical opinion seems to weigh in favor for krill or squid oils to be more easily used by the body chemistry, and also deem that traditionally used fish oils go rancid faster, even in the capsules. I do my best to keep up on the research, and I know Dr. Al Sears does too, and that’s why I go with this brand. To your health!
Hi, I never knew how helpful fish oils could be for this condition. Indeed stress can have a big role in IBS and doing things to reduce this is very important. I found yoga to be an excellent way of reducing stress, improving posture and circulation to the gut.
Its surprising how the way an animal is fed makes a difference to the health benefits it provides.
Do you know about cod liver oil? I’ve heard cold pressed cod liver oil is an excellent source of such fish oils