Remedies and treatments for IBS

08 September 2011 Categories: Articles

Remedies and treatments for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome is the name given to a functional disorder of the bowel. A bowel that does not work properly, one that is irritated, and most of the time, if you see your GP, you are told that you will have to learn to live with it!  Well, in my opinion that is not the case.  There is so much you can do for yourself, depending on the symptoms that you are experiencing.

I would suggest that your first port of call with any IBS is to look at your diet.  The one thing that enters your bowel is food and sometimes, if this is not digested properly, undigested food can sit in the bowel for longer, ferment and cause bloating, wind, and constipation and/or diarrhoea.

Food sensitivities are very common, infact we all probably have sensitivities, but if you are stress free, everything in life is great, you are healthy and your immune system is working well then the body copes very well.  If on the other hand you are stressed, your immune system is compromised, you have had an accident or a shock then the sensitivity can be triggered.  The problem is that, unlike an allergy where soon after eating the problem food, you vomit or come up in hives and swell, the sensitivity is ‘masked’. The symptoms don’t occur every time you eat the food, they build up in the system and then as if the body cannot cope any more, the symptoms appear.  For this reason it can be quite difficult to work out which food is causing the problem.  However usually it is the foods that you eat on a regular basis that you will be more likely to be sensitive to.

One way of working out which food is the culprit is to carry out an elimination diet. It is very important that you keep detailed records in a food diary of exactly what is eaten, and how you are feeling. Most people who are going to respond favourably to this diet do so on approximately the 6th or 7th day; others respond as early as the 2nd or, rarely, as late as the 14th day.

In this diet during the first part, the following foods are omitted in all forms: milk and dairy products (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, casein, sodium caseinate, whey), wheat (bread, cake, cookies, baked goods), eggs, corn, sugar, chocolate (cocoa or cola), peas, citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit), food colorings, food additives and preservatives. No luncheon meats, sausage, ham or bacon are allowed. If there is some question about a specific food, do not eat it. Also, exclude any other food or beverage that is craved in excess because such items are frequently unsuspected causes of various medical or emotional problems.

After 2 weeks you can start to reintroduce the foods back again but make sure there is a good gap of 5 days between foods, so that you can easily work out which food is causing problems.

An easier way of finding out your food sensitivities is with a vega machine, or other bio-energetic machine.  This will tell you very quickly which foods are the culprit and you can get on with your diet as quickly as possible.

Digestion of your food is the next thing to look at for your Irritable bowel.  If you have had any form of food poisoning it is important to get rid of the ‘bugs’.  There are some homeopathic and herbal remedies to help clear them from your bowel.

If you have constipation a colonic irrigation can be very helpful. Colonic irrigation is a way of cleansing, exercising and toning the bowel, using warm purified water inserted via the rectum through a tube.

Small amounts of yeast and fungal organisms are normally well tolerated in those people with a healthy immune system.  However if the immunity is compromised in any way or when the pH gets too low (increased acidity), the body and especially the intestines may become susceptible to an overgrowth, especially when there is a lot of sugar and yeast in the diet. If you are holding onto a lot of undigested food, or you have had drugs such as anti biotics, steroids or the contraceptive pill the immune system within the gut allows an over growth of fungus.  Taking an anti fungal remedy such as caprylic acid can help to clear the fungus.

A common cause of irritable bowel syndrome is ‘leaky gut’.

2 Responses to “Remedies and treatments for IBS”

  1. angela collins 5 January 2012 at 11:40 pm (PERMALINK)

    hi i have suffered from ibs for years had all the tests to illiminate any other problems.I am struggling with it just now and realy need some help to find a suitable diet to help ease my problem.

    • alison 25 January 2012 at 9:07 pm (PERMALINK)

      Hi Angela

      No one person is the same as far as diet goes with IBS. However aiming for a very alkaline diet will help, so eating lots of green vegetables at each meal and taking digestive enzymes with an acid/alkaline balancer. Finding out what your food sensitivities are is also important, which you can be tested for or you can try an elimination diet. I explain all this in the book.