IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is known to cause discomfort, cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. Despite these symptoms, IBS doesn't permanently damage the colon. In terms of treatment, it is often recommended that patients take soluble fiber supplements such as psyllium, guar gum and wheat bran, or anti-diarrheal medicine such as Imodium. Also, eliminating high-gas foods (http://www.med.umich.edu/fbd/docs/Gas%20reduction%20diet.pdf) could help remove the symptons described above.
See link for more details: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibschildren/
In addition, here is a list of some natural products used by people with IBS:
Probiotics: Keybiotics may be ordered through amazom.com. Follow the instruction at the back of the container. Concidered to be the most effective form (at present).
Peppermint Oil: 1-2 caps. between meals.
Fennel: 1 teaspoon with food for prevention of bloating and gas.
WheatTibetan herbs: Padma Lax for lBS with constipation. Take 2 capsules/day for 3 months.
Ginger: As antispasmodic (brew as a tea) or for nausea (chew fresh, minced).
Below is also a list of foods rich in soluble fiber:
Flour Tortillas Yams
Soy Sweet potatoes
Corn meal Rutabagas
Rice (brown) Parsnips
Keep gradually increasing your dose until you reach a USDA recommended minimum fiber intake for adults, which is 25-30 gr. daily. Soluble fiber should account for one third to one half of a total fiber intake. Make sure you drink water frequently throughout the day- this is essential!
CARRAGEENAN: a food addictive which is probably not safe, and is considered by many specialists as being linked to colon cancer, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, and an inadequate immune responce. It may be found in such products, as: toothpaste, gummy products, dairy products/ plant milks. It is often used as a vegan alternative to gelatin.
Foods on FODMAP Diet:
What is FODMAP? See www.About.com Search Irritable Bowel Syndrome for an explanations and review of food diet.
It is also strongly adviced to consult a dietitian, knowledgeable in those dietary modifications.