Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 5 tips and natural remedies to combat IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 5 tips and natural remedies to combat IBS
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Depending on the person Irritable Bowel Syndrome can flare up different symptoms.  Sometimes a person can suffer from abdominal pains, diarrhea or constipation.  Speak with your doctor if you are affected by one of these symptoms and ask for their advice before using any natural remedies.  Here are some helpful pieces of advice and natural remedies that could help you to treat your symptoms. 

1) Take probiotics

Probiotics are living micro-organisms that can be found as a supplement or in certain types of foods like fermented dairy products or lacto-fermented vegetables (yogurt, Kefir, Tempeh, Miso, beer yeast are some examples…)

Regularly taking probiotics can help to relieve pain linked to IBS according to many studies.  Nevertheless it is best that you contact your doctor for the to give you an idea of the dosage as probiotics can alter the intestinal flora. .

2) Choose fibrous foods

Regularly eating foods that are rich in fiber such as vegetables, fruits, pulses and wholegrain cereals can relieve symptoms of IBS, especially if you are suffering from constipation.  Nevertheless you should be careful not to eat too much fibrous foods ans this can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea.

3) Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil is great at treating IBS symptoms especially if you are suffering from abdominal pains.  What is more peppermint essential oil has many other medicinal properties.  Ask your doctor, aromatherapist or naturopathist for advice before using.  They can give you advice on the correct dosage and in what situations it shouldn’t be taken.

4) Just relax!

Stress can worsen symptoms linked to irritable bowel syndrome as it can have an effect on your intestines.  If you are stresses, take time for yourself and do an activity that you like and that will allow you to relax.  This could be anything from yoga and meditation to a sport, creative art or gardening.  Your abdominal pains will be less recurring if you practice a relaxing activity as well as a sporting activity.

5) Reduce the amount of fatty, acidic and spicy foods that you eat

Regularly eating fatty, salty, sugary, acidic or spicy foods as well as over eating these types of foods can also worsen irritable bowel syndrom symptoms, like diarrhea.  Bad habits like an unbalanced diet, alcohol and smoking can also not help the situation. You should try and limit the amount of these products that you eat.


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