There’s no doubt that living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a challenging and frustrating experience.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, many individuals seek alternative and natural treatments to manage their IBS symptoms.
In this blog post, we’ll explore natural treatments and supplements that have been suggested to help alleviate IBS symptoms — from probiotics and peppermint oil to chiropractic care and increased water intake.
Do probiotics help with IBS?
Probiotics are a common supplement recommended for those with irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotic supplements use live good bacteria to support a healthy balance of gut bacteria, which can reduce IBS symptoms such as bloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements.
Research shows that probiotics can also help slow down the transit time of the colon, decreasing the number of bowel movements and improving stool consistency for IBS sufferers.
Many people take probiotic supplements, while some get it from food and drinks like kefir, kombucha, and yogurt.
Go beyond probiotics
Many probiotic supplements sold today have additives and other ingredients that can cause side effects and reduce effectiveness. The majority of probiotics support gut health, but do not actually regulate it.
That’s where Somaya Life comes in.
Created by Priority IAC, Somaya Life is the world’s first anthrobiotic. We go beyond a typical probiotic with targeted Smart StrainsTM of good bacteria to regulate gut and immune health to address issues like IBS at the source.
With minimal additives, there’s less likelihood of reactions or complications with other medicines. Plus, you get a bigger boost and range of good bacteria than through diet alone.
If you haven’t seen good results from probiotics in the past or you’re interested in trying one to reduce IBS symptoms, consider giving Somaya Life a try.
Does peppermint oil help with IBS?
Early research from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health shows that peppermint oil can reduce abdominal pain and improve IBS symptoms in adults and children.
The studies also show that most people don’t have significant side effects. In addition, many people enjoy the flavor of peppermint oil when mixed into foods and beverages, making it a popular supplement option.
According to the NCCIH, peppermint has been used for “several thousand years” in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt for digestive issues and other health conditions.
Can a chiropractor help IBS?
While chiropractors primarily focus on spinal health, some individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gastrointestinal issues have used chiropractic adjustments to lessen IBS symptoms.
Chiropractic care helps reduce stress and tension, which can trigger IBS symptoms or increase severity. Adjustments and other chiropractic treatments like massage also reduce inflammation and boost circulation, improving the gut-brain connection.
The Integrated Health & Injury Center based in Georgia states that “misalignments in your vertebrae can pressure your nerves and prevent messages from traveling between your gut and its control center—your brain! When your spine is perfectly aligned, your digestive system can function harmoniously with your brain.”
Does turmeric help with IBS?
Turmeric has been gaining attention for its potential benefits in managing IBS symptoms. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Research has shown that turmeric mixed with other natural ingredients such as fish oil and peppermint oil can reduce abdominal pain and discomfort. A pilot study even reported that turmeric alone might reduce IBS symptoms by 60%.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, turmeric was historically used in traditional Eastern Asian and Chinese medical systems for skin, respiratory, joint, and digestive issues.
Does charcoal help with IBS?
Research surrounding activated charcoal is mixed, conflicting, and ongoing. While some say activated charcoal can alleviate gas and bloating, its role in IBS treatment is not well-established.
One downside that people have noted about charcoal is taste and texture, especially when compared to other natural remedies for IBS and digestion issues.
Does ginger tea help with IBS?
Ginger tea — as well as chews and other ginger products — may offer some relief. Ginger has been traditionally used to soothe digestive discomfort and is one of the most common alternative medicines used to treat IBS and other gut health issues.
Ginger has been shown to help with nausea, vomiting, pain, and gut motility. As such, you may find it helpful in reducing pain, stool changes, and other symptoms associated with IBS.
Fresh ginger contains gingerol, which has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation that causes pain. With that in mind, you may find you get the best results when taking the extra step of making your tea with fresh ginger.
Does fasting help with IBS?
Intermittent fasting, which involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting, has gained popularity for various health benefits. However, it’s not for everyone and research on fasting when you have IBS is minimal.
Those who are fasting may eat larger meals during non-fasting times, which can cause problems for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) suggests eating small meals more frequently throughout the day to avoid overstimulating the gut and triggering symptoms.
Does drinking water help with IBS?
While existing research shows that water itself may not directly alleviate IBS symptoms, scientists have found that maintaining proper hydration supports overall gut health.
Drinking enough water can help soften stool and prevent constipation, which are common concerns for people with IBS.
Bottom Line: Find What Works For You
Natural treatments and supplements have been shown to offer relief and improve quality of life for those with IBS. Finding the right natural solution may even help reduce your reliance on medications and reduce visits to the doctor.
That said, each person's experience with IBS is unique, and what works for one individual may not work for another.
If you have questions about Somaya Life and whether it might be a potential solution for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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