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Irritable Bowel Syndrome


About
Doctors tend to see as a common ailment. It has been reported that one in five adults will suffer from this while only about half of them seek help from the doctor for it. IBS can also be known as intestinal neurosis, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, or spastic colon.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Breathing exercises will help.
  • For your body to process food it takes 12-15 hours. Fresh foods take sooner and meats take longer.
  • Have a check up every year.
  • Lactose, grains, nuts and seeds can irritate the intestinal wall.
  • Other conditions that people suffer with IBS are difficulty swallowing, gastro esophageal reflux, globus sensation, heartburn, urologic dysfunction and noncardiac chest pain.
  • See a doctor if you do not receive relief from natural remedies and diet changes.
  • The imbalance of gut flora is regular for people with IBS.
  • To control IBS you need a correct diet and drink plenty of water and use supplemental fiber.
  • Trace Mineral Deficiency, electrolyte and chronic diarrhea are problem IBS have on people.


Advice
  • Charcoal tablets help with gas and bloating.
  • Do not over eat beans, broccoli, and cabbage.
  • Eat a high fiber diet.
  • If you have intestinal upset you need to eat a bland diet.
  • Make sure that your clothes are loose fitting in the waist.
  • Never eat right before bed.
  • Slow down chew your food and do not be in a hurry to eat.
  • Stay away from animal fats, junk food, butter caffeine and carbonated beverages.
  • Tobacco and alcohol can bother the stomach and colon linings.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Alfalfa
Importance: High
Comments: Provides vitamin K and chlorophyll. Enhances digestion by producing intestinal flora. Promotes healing. Purifies the bloodstream. Liquid or tablet form is recommended.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances muscle tone in gastrointestinal tract.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances absorption of foods. Helps synthesize proteins. Helps metabolize carbohydrates and fats. Protects against anemia. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.


Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides friendly bacteria for the colon. Aids in digestive process. Promotes B vitamin production. Nondairy formula is recommended.


Aloe vera
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing of digestive tract. Removes excess mucus from intestine walls when used with Aerobic Bulk Cleanse (ABC) from AerobicLife Industries.


Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestive process. Detoxifies the colon. Liquid form is recommended.


Fiber
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing. Cleanses the system. Wheat bran is not recommended since it is sometimes irritating.


Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing to intestinal mucous membranes.


L-glutamine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with metabolism. Controls villi.


Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides needed nutrients. Hypoallergenic form is recommended.


N-acetylglucosamine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Prevents damage to the intestinal walls.


Primrose oil or Flaxseed oil
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides essential fatty acids that promote healthy intestines.


Proteolytic enzymes with Pancreatin
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestion of protein. Protects against leaky gut syndrome. Eases inflammation. A formula low in HCl and high in pancreatin is recommended.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Silymarin (milk thistle extract)
Type: Internal
Purposes: People would be wise to not only treat IBS but also their liver and their digestive tract with silymarin. As an alternative, licorice can be used. You can also choose burdock root and red clover which have been reported to be helpful in cleansing the blood and the liver as well.
Cautions: Licorice may elevate blood pressure. Only use this herb for a seven-day stretch. If you have high blood pressure already, do not use licorice.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: In order to build intestinal flora for keeping the digestive system in order, vitamin K and chlorophyll are needed which can be obtained from alfalfa. Either herb can be taken as a liquid or in tablet form.

Aloe vera
Type: Internal
Purposes: Aloe vera can be useful in restoring the digestive tract. The colon walls will get cleaned of an overabundance of mucous and inhibit food reactions.
Dosage: 1/2 cup 3 x daily on an empty stomach

Peppermint
Type: Internal
Purposes: This herb may relief gas and help to digest food better and also in healing.
Dosage: 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice 3 x daily

Skullcap & Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Responsible for helping the nerves that control the functions of the intestinal muscle. Both of these herbs are good when taken at bedtime or when your bowel acts up.

Balm, Chamomile, Fenugreek, Ginger, Goldenseal, Lobelia, Marshmallow, Pau d'arco, Rose Hips, & Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: All of these herbs can be chosen to alleviate IBS symptoms.
Cautions: Chamomile should not be taken for too long a period. If your doctor has told you that you are allergic to ragweed, don't take chamomile. Goldenseal's use should be limited to one week at a time. Limit your usage of goldenseal if you are pregnant. Be very careful using goldenseal if you have been told you are allergic to ragweed.