Anyone who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) knows how difficult it can be to find ways to manage its symptoms. Most people with IBS experience gastric issues like gas, bloating, stomach cramping, constipation, and diarrhea. These issues may come and go or stick around for several weeks at a time. For many, IBS flare ups can be triggered by periods of extreme stress, food intolerances, and over consumption of caffeine. Whatever the cause, the goal is to soothe the gut and return to a state of normal digestion.
Here are some of our top tips for easing uncomfortable IBS symptoms:
See your doctor about potential changes to your diet
As we know, the way we feel is directly correlated to the foods we eat. This is especially true to someone with IBS or other gastric issues. Identifying your trigger foods will help you avoid an IBS flare up and keep symptoms under control. Your doctor may recommend a low FODMAP diet to help you identify foods that worsen your symptoms. (Note: it’s important not to change your diet drastically without first consulting your healthcare provider/dietitian.)
Try Herbal Remedies
Because gastric distress is unfortunately so prevalent in our culture, there are tons of herbal options for healing the gut and easing symptoms. Here are some products to consider:
- Aloe vera juice is a great option for those suffering from IBS constipation. It’s made by juicing the green part of an aloe vera leaf and acts as a laxative. Aloe juice can be used in small amounts daily or in larger doses for more severe cases.
- Probiotics: If your IBS the result of low gut bacteria, a probiotic might be the answer. There are lots of probiotics available on the market, but not all are created equal. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to. The brands we carry are top quality and freshness… Click here to shop.
- Digestive enzymes: these work by chemically breaking down nutrients into substances small enough to be absorbed by the digestive tract. They are particularly useful after large meals, but can be used daily for optimum digestive health.
- Herbal teas: herbs like ginger, peppermint, and fennel soothe the gut lining and may be helpful in reducing IBS symptoms. We love Heather’s Tummy Tea- an IBS-focused company with extra strength tea options. Find it in store!
Increase your fiber
Fiber is crucial to a well-functioning digestive system. Fiber increases the bulk of stool, reducing the risk of constipation. Fruits/vegetables, whole grains, seeds, and legumes are great sources, but fiber supplements are available for additional support. Consider making small changes to your diet to increase your fiber intake, like adding flax seed to your morning oatmeal or swapping white rice for brown.
If you need extra support in this area, we offer a variety of fiber supplements. Psyllium husk, for example, is a soluble fiber that works to increase water content in your stool so it passes more easily through the digestive tract. Take fiber supplements by the capsule, blend them into smoothies, or sprinkle them on your oatmeal. Find them in store!
Exercise regularly to reduce stress
According to The Mayo Clinic, exercise can reduce symptoms of IBS by relieving depression and stress and stimulating normal contractions of the intestines. Try going on short walks between meals or incorporating low-impact workouts into your day.
We hope this guides you towards a healthier gut and fewer uncomfortable gastric issues. Shop with us online and in store for all of your IBS-support supplements.
*These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA. Always check with your prescribing physician before starting a new supplement/diet. Do not go against your doctor’s advice.*