Opinion

The Natural Way: Natural cures for irritable bowl syndrome

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a group of ailments that can have different causes. Leaky gut, Crohn's disease, spastic colon, food allergies, lactose intolerance and a broad array of other labels might be placed under the name of IBS. The causes may be unknown but the symptoms always include diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating and gas along with pain, spasms and cramps. Everybody has some of this. It is when a lasting change happens that the IBS label is given.

The gut reacts to our emotions and thoughts. The more you think about IBS or worry about it, the worse it becomes. Our digestive system is tied into the fight or flight response. So urgency and having to go now as well as the opposite constipation go hand-in-hand with IBS. Mostly, don't obsess and lighten up to reduce the emotional angle. The old philosopher said it best, "I think therefore I am." Reducing stress is another aspect of sealing with this ailment.

Supplementing with soluble fiber like Acacia, reducing dietary fat intake to about 25 percent of diet, learning the trigger foods, eating small portions often and in a calm, leisurely manner and taking charge of your health are all good things to do. Herbals in addition to Acacia fiber that have been proven in the time honored way include Fennel tea and Peppermint oil. Fennel provides immediate relief for bloating and gas as it relaxes the gut and regulates contractions. Peppermint oil prevents spasm, cramps and urgency. Acacia, fennel tea and peppermint oil capsules are an ideal combination. Additionally, a little known supplement, lactoferrin can help. It especially helps the small bowel work better. Lactoferrin does improve immunity while also chelating excess iron. I found this information on PubMed and have used it successfully myself.

I also like l-glutamine especially for leaky gut, enteric coated and freeze dried probiotics along with digestive enzymes. The enzymes should include ox bile to help with the digestion of fat. Life is an adventure, with the regular use of natural products and a little care, people with IBS need not fear car trips or being away from home.