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 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:


        Oatmeal                               Potatoes

        Barley                                  Carrots
        Flour Tortillas                      Yams
        Soy                                       Sweet potatoes
        Quinoa                                 Turnips
        Corn meal                            Rutabagas
        Rice (brown)                        Parsnips

        Beets                                    Squash and pumpkins

        Mushrooms                          Chestnuts

        Avocados                              Bananas

        Applesauce                           Mangoes




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:




Gluten free diet