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 patient 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 symptoms described above.
See links for more details: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibschildren/
Always increase fiber dose gradually over period of 2-3 weeks. Consider Heather's Tummy Fiber if bloating is a prominent problem.
In addition, here is a list of some natural products used by people with IBS:
Probiotics: VSL#3 and Keybiotics considered to be among most effective. Follow an instruction.
Securil is a new probiotic with what appears to be a positive effect on patients with IBS- Constipation.
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).
Iberogast: For IBS with dyspepsia. It has a prokinetic effect (improves the gastric empteeng). 20 drops before meals.
Below is also a list of foods rich in soluble fiber:
Flour Tortillas Yams
Soy Sweet potatoes
Corn meal Rutabagas
Rice (brown) Parsnips
Beets Squash and pumpkins
Common IBS triger food:
Milk and dairy products Cruceceferous Beans and lentils Soy food Wheat Whole nuts and seeds
Citrus fruits Foods high in insoluble fiber Corn and popcorn
Raw vegetables High fructose corn syrup Garlic and onion
Spicy food Carbonated drinks Caffeinated drinks
Fried fatty foods Condiments (ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce)
Please consult a medical professional before you consider any of the following:
FODMAP DIET ( see a mibile phone application: the low fodmap diet for IBS)
Gluten free diet