Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a distressing and embarrassing condition. Luckily, it is also a condition that can be managed very nicely with natural treatment.
In this article, we will discuss the steps you should take to reduce or eliminate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Read on to learn more.
Eliminate Inflammatory Foods
1. Gluten: When you are struggling with irritable bowel syndrome, there are specific foods that you should avoid stringently. First of all, you should entirely eliminate gluten from your diet.
Gluten is a protein that is found in grain products, and it is highly inflammatory. Wheat is the worst offender in terms of gluten content, but it is best to stay away from all grains if you have problems with IBS.
After you have gone without grain products for several months (3 to 9) you may be able to begin enjoying sourdough grains or sprouted grains. This is a decision that must be made case-by-case.
2. Dairy: Commercial dairy products are also problematic because they contain a substance known as casein. Additionally, the sugar found in conventional dairy products and the lactose can cause problems.
Fermented dairy products such as natural, organic yogurt and kefir may be not be problematic and do provide healing probiotics, which we will discuss later.
3. Inflammatory Oils: Hydrogenated oils are also highly inflammatory and very bad for your health in general.
They are found in most processed foods and should be avoided entirely. Read labels carefully and do not eat anything that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
4. Uncooked Food: You may also be surprised to learn that when you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you should not eat completely raw foods.
These are very hard on your intestines. Instead, you should eat vegetables and fruits that are properly cooked.
5. Ice: Cold food is also very difficult for your digestive system to handle, so if you suffer from IBS, you should not eat ice cream, drink cold smoothies or drink beverages with ice.
Healing Foods For IBS
When you have irritable bowel syndrome, it’s important to eat foods that are nourishing to your spleen and to your colon. There are several categories of foods that you should consume regularly.
1. White Immune Boosting Goods: Cauliflower is an excellent choice for IBS sufferers. Be sure that it is steamed so that you can digest it easily.
Also, you should add well cooked onions and garlic to your diet. These vegetables have natural antibiotic properties and kill off the bad bacteria in your gut. Additionally, onions and garlic help boost the immune system.
2. Nourishing Yellow & Orange Good: Well cooked squash and sweet potatoes are very good for your spleen and your colon. Explore foods such as acorn squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash.
3. Bone Broth Soup: This old-fashioned healing beverage contains collagen (i.e. glycine, proline and amino acids). Collagen is essential for healing and repairing the lining of the intestines. This is why bone broth is such an important super-food for people with IBS.
How To Create An IBS-Friendly Meal
Slow cooking is a good method to use when preparing foods to help control the symptoms of and heal irritable bowel syndrome. Cook organic meats or fowl slowly with bone-in.
Alternately, if there are no bones you can use bone broth soup as your cooking liquid to add more nourishment and healing properties.
You can also slow cook vegetables along with your meat and bone broth soup, but the truth is you will heal faster without the veggies.
Supplements For Healing IBS
Probiotics are extremely important in healing IBS. You must be very careful when you purchase your probiotic supplement to only buy high quality products that have been properly transported and stored with refrigeration.
This will ensure that the live active cultures you are ingesting are actually alive.
The best probiotics contain a variety of organisms. For example, a high quality supplement might contain both Lactobacillus plantarum and bacillus subtilis.
In addition to taking a high quality supplement, you should also consume foods that support the growth of these friendly bacteria. Among these are chlorella and spirulina. These are green, super foods that can be purchased in capsule or powder form.
Amino acids are also very essential to intestinal healing and good digestion. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take an L-glutamine supplement.
This amino acid is extremely helpful in nourishing and protecting the lining of the gut.
Essential oils such as frankincense can help to reduce gut inflammation. You can add a dozen drops of frankincense to a cup of hot water to drink with your meals. This will help with digestion.
Manage Stress Properly
We live in a stressful world, and it’s very difficult to avoid daily conflicts and stressors.
Although people may accuse you of being selfish, you must realize that if you want to overcome irritable bowel syndrome you have to make stress reduction a top priority. There are several things you should do every day to reduce your stress level.
Begin your day quietly. Don’t rush around. Give yourself enough time to prepare yourself for the day by eating a nourishing breakfast, doing a little reading and perhaps doing some stretching, meditation or prayer.
Throughout the day, give yourself plenty of opportunities to take short walks and enjoy a little sunshine. When you have breaks at work, make the most of this time to yourself.
Rather than sitting around in the break room listening to people complain, go outside and walk around the block. Breathe the fresh air and use the time to truly relax.
In the evening, take a detoxifying and healing bath. Give yourself half an hour of complete solitude and quiet soaking in a warm tub.
Enjoy stress reducing aromatherapy by adding 20 drops of essential oil of chamomile and/or lavender. You should also add a cup of Epsom salts to the water to help relax your muscles.
Epsom salts is a great source of magnesium, and your body will absorb this valuable mineral through your skin, which is the largest organ of your body.
Get high quality sleep. Be sure that your room and your bed are comfortable and that you will not be disturbed. Get 6 to 8 hours of high quality sleep every night.
If you have trouble going to sleep, try drinking a cup of chamomile tea about an hour before bedtime.
You Can Heal IBS
If you are suffering from IBS, you may feel that your life is spiraling out of control. Take heart!
If you follow the advice presented here by eliminating inflammatory foods, consuming healing foods, supplementing wisely and making stress reduction your top priority you will soon see a big improvement in your symptoms and your overall health.
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