Updated: Feb 3
Looking for ways to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome Naturally? Read this blog for my 3 step plan on how to treat IBS symptoms Naturally for lasting relief.
What is IBS?
IBS also called as Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a collection of symptoms. It is not a disease.
For instance, you might visit your doctor complaining of recurrent gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach or abdominal pain, heartburn. The doctor might ask you to take various tests to rule out more serious conditions like Crohn’s disease or Coeliac disease or even Bowel Cancer. If these tests are negative, then they might say you have IBS. This is called diagnosis of exclusion. What it means is, the tests are meant to indicate if the Digestive Tract is abnormal in structure to indicate these serious diseases. However, with IBS, the digestive system looks normal on the scans, but the function is changed/altered.
There are no tests to confirm you definitely have IBS. The Good News is that you have eliminated the probability of serious disease. However, the symptoms of IBS can still affect your daily life and cause you anxiety to socialise.
Please note that if you notice bleeding or blood in stool, you should always contact your doctor immediately as it could indicate serious conditions.
What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS might have many possible causes. In my practice, I have seen patients, who had IBS because of :
- Food sensitiveness
- Stomach bug/GI infection/ SIBO – small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
- Anxiety and depression
- Hormonal imbalance
- yeast overgrowth
- lack of good bacteria in their gut
- exposure to environmental toxicity
- long-term antibiotic use
- sluggish liver
- decreased immune system function.
No two individuals are affected by IBS the same way. The extent of physical, emotional and mental symptoms always differs and most importantly the root cause.
Why is conventional medication not helping?
This is also the reason why conventional medicine and over the counter medication do not offer lasting relief for IBS. You might be generally prescribed laxatives for constipation, antacids for heat burn and other medication for gas, bloating and pain management. The medication works on the merely masking the symptoms for a short while and won’t cure the underlying root cause. Hence the symptoms return when you stop medication.
So, here is my three-step plan for treating IBS for lasting relief.
STEP 1: UNDERSTAND THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE YOUR IBS SYMPTOMS.
I recommend this to all my patients before the first consultation.This will help you understand the root cause and triggers for your IBS symptoms.
The easiest way to do this is by maintaining a food journal. You can either make a note in the dairy or use an app on your phone to keep track of what you eat during the day and how it makes you feel. You can also add foods that make your symptoms better or worse. Rate each of the symptoms with an intensity scale 1-10. At the end of the day make a note of your stress, anxiety levels and anything that triggers them. Maintain this journal for a minimum of one week.
The second way is to get a blood test to check for any food intolerances, allergies, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, blood sugar levels and yeast infections. This not only tells you the causes, but also gives you a baseline of your health which you can compare after the treatment.
STEP 2: MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR DIET AND LIFESTYLE
Consider eliminating foods that trigger your symptoms for 30 days. For some of my patients it was foods like wheat/gluten, dairy, fizzy drinks, coffee, sugar (if they had history of candida).
Eat simple, less processed, locally sourced, seasonal foods. Include good quality fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Nourishment is crucial.
Include probiotic foods like yogurt/ plant-based coconut yogurt, kefir and fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut slowly. Notice how it make you feel.
Avoid drinking water while eating. It dilutes the digestive enzymes.
Eating mindfully, away from distractions, chewing slowly, appreciating the food
Exercise regularly. It improves metabolism. Gentle walks, jogs, running, yoga, gardening and meditation.
Lastly the most overlooked factors while dealing with IBS: Stress and Anxiety. It might not be possible to eliminate stress altogether from our busy lives, however committing yourself to switching off from work at a particular time in the evening, getting good quality sleep, spending time outdoors or in nature, meditating and practicing yoga can go a long way.
STEP 3: ADOPTING HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE - SUPPORT WITH NUTRITION & NATURAL REMEDIES & HOMEOPATHY
How can Homeopathy help with IBS?
IBS affects each person differently, depending on the root cause, the metal, emotional state, health history and their lifestyle.
I have had huge success treating IBS using Holistic Medicine (Nutrition & Homeopathy) since the treatment approach is individualised. Contrary to conventional medication where you treat each symptom with a drug, homeopathy looks at the whole picture of how the vital force of a person is affected and underlying root cause of IBS. This treatment is aimed at curing the root cause there by proving lasting relief. Customised diet and nutrition plan not only offer relief from IBS but also help you lose weight, improve your metabolism, gut health and boost your energy level.
I often get asked in my practice about supplements I recommend for IBS. My first answer to this is to have a balanced diet so food nourishes you.
- Probiotics / Yogurt
- Vitamin D (Fish, Tofu, Almonds)
- Zinc (Beans, nuts, whole grains, avocados, berries)
- Magnesium (green/leafy veg)
- Milk Thistle
Now you know exactly how you can treat IBS naturally for lasting relief. I have written a free 5-page guide on how to use Holistic Medicine for treating IBS Naturally. Click Here to download your free copy.
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