Natural Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a functional gastrointestinal disorder, is a blanket term for bowel discomfort and chronic bowel symptoms. Typical symptoms of IBS are chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating and general discomfort. IBS is often given as result of physicians not being able to find an actual cause of all the symptoms.

Treatment for IBS can include diet changes, medication and even mental therapy (as stress is thought to be a cause in some patients where ironically IBS causes patients a lot of stress in turn). There is no cure for IBS the symptoms are treated as they arise.

The first step after diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome usually involves a diet change. More fiber fruits and vegitables is introduced. Discovering foods that may worsen symptoms may also occur.  Oftentimes, food allargies celaic disease is ruled out. Celaic is a autoimmune condition of the small intestine which causes similar symptoms.

Natural treatments can be used to control or alleviate irritable bowel syndrome. Increased fiber in the diet is shown to help in most cases. However, other natural remedies include peppermint oil (said to reduce bloating, discomfort and gas), probiotics (adding the good germs back to your intestinal system) and partially hydrolyzed guar gum (said to reduce constipation, pain and diarrhea).

The best bet to taking back control from IBS is to follow a proper diet and avoid foods that are most likely to irritate your intestinal system. Obvious culprits include caffiene, hydrogenated fats, tomoato-based foods such as pizza or spaghetti sauce, processed foods and food with preservatives or MSG.

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