Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a common disorder and many people are known to suffer from it. Unfortunately, a majority of them live their entire lives not know what exactly is afflicting them. Symptoms of IBS include bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea and discomfort. Usually, diet is the biggest culprit as certain foods irritate the GI tract and lead to inflammation of the gut. Stress, unhealthy lifestyle routine etc can also lead to IBS symptoms. Today we will study some natural remedies to heal irritable bowel syndrome naturally:
1. Avoid trigger foods
Many foods like wheat, gluten, and dairy are known triggers of IBS. Avoiding these foods is the first step you must take to prevent flare ups. You can entirely heal your gut through diet alone but it is very important that you follow this religiously. Dairy, apart from yogurt, should be completely eliminated. (Yogurt being a probiotic helps replenish the good flora in the intestines.) Also, if you miss milk, you can replace it with soy, rice, almond milk etc. Raw milk of cow or goat is also easier to digest. Kefir and kombucha are other good probiotics to drink. Quit coffee, tea, chocolate and anything with artificial sugars, colors and dyes etc.
2. Take activated charcoal pills
Many IBS sufferers have experienced relief with this natural remedy for IBS. Charcoal absorbs the gas and toxins from the gut. You can start with a dosage of 1-2 tablets of activated charcoal before meals. Within a week of doing so, patients claim to get relief from constipation and start having regular bowel movements. Charcoal also prevents fatigue, cramps, bloating and indigestion symptoms that typical in this syndrome.
3. Eat more fiber
IBS sufferers must eat plenty of fiber. Beans are a great source of fiber but some IBS sufferers actually experience a flare up of symptoms after eating them. There are a few tricks to cooking beans right and these tips can eliminate gas caused by beans: soak the beans for at least 2-3 days prior to cooking them (avoid canned beans completely). Change and replace the water used for soaking every day. This process helps reduce the chemicals used for the drying processes of beans which can irritate the bowels. Also, while cooking, add a lot of ginger and garlic to beans. Ginger prevents gas and bloating while garlic can prevent inflammation. Other sources of fiber are fruits and cruciferous vegetables.
4. Take Aloe vera juice every day
Aloe vera juice is extremely beneficial for digestion. The inner gel of an Aloe leaf contains many enzymes and compounds that can regulate the digestion and also provide an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Drinking aloe juice also heals the lining of the stomach and prevents pain, gas and cramps.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar fights inflammation, kick-starts sluggish digestion detoxifies the gut and liver and also balances the ph of the body by making it more alkaline. Starting your morning with a glass of warm water mixed with Apple cider vinegar can be very beneficial to IBS sufferers. If you hate the sour taste of ACV, mix it up with some orange juice and honey to mask it. (A word of caution: some people tend to get constipated with apple cider vinegar-if this occurs, adjust the dose accordingly).
6. Baking soda
Adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is a powerful remedy for IBS. Drink this mixture 3-4 times a day to relieve gas.
7. Lemon juice
Like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice makes the body more alkaline. It also enhances digestion, boosts the immune system, fights parasites and toxins and strengthens the body to prevent diseases. Squeeze out the juice from 4-5 lemons, dilute it a bit with water, sweeten it with honey and drink 3-4 glasses daily.
8. Slippery elm bark
Many IBS sufferers swear by this herbal remedy. Take 1 tablespoon of slippery elm bark in hot water or as is up to 4 times a day. This will heal the inflamed gut and prevent acid reflux by regulating digestive processes.
9. Take vitamin B12
People deficient in B12 vitamin are more likely to suffer from irritable bowel. Take a multi vitamin containing B 12 to prevent pain.
10. Bee pollen/royal jelly
Organic bee pollen or royal jelly from local farmer’s market can also help prevent digestive issues.
11. Bentonite clay
Taking bentonite clay is one of the best herbal remedies for IBS as it covers the inflamed stomach lining and regulates bowel movements. People who have frequent bowel movements due to IBS can try this natural remedy to cure ibs permanently.
12. Drink plenty of water
We are all extremely dehydrated and do not even know it. Everyone needs to drink 10 to 12 glasses of water daily- more if you are active or live in warm areas. People with IBS especially need water to regulate bowel movement and prevent constipation.
13. Coconut oil
Take coconut oil in your beverages like smoothies. (Ideally you should quit coffee and tea completely as caffeine aggravates the IBS symptoms. Coconut oil heals the intestines and is also anti-inflammatory. You will also experience stronger nails, shinier hair and softer glowing skin with this remedy.
14. Best herbal teas for IBS
Catnip, fennel, peppermint, basil, comfrey and chamomile teas help heal the gut and can prevent all kinds of stomach issues. Horse chestnut is also beneficial for healing IBS symptoms. Fennel tea is especially beneficial as it contains saponins that have anti-parasitic activity. All these teas are also natural antispasmodic.
15. Chromium picolinate
Take 200 mcg of chromium picolinate twice a day, 15 minutes before meals. This will prevent digestion problems while also regulating blood sugar. It can also aid with frequent urination.
Apart from these 15 natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome, you must also eliminate stress. This is because, stress triggers certain chemical and hormonal changes which could increase inflammation and lead to IBS symptoms.