Natural Treatments for IBS & Supplements that Help

Natural Treatments for IBS & Supplements that Help

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 may help alleviate IBS symptoms — from probiotics and peppermint oil to chiropractic care and increased water intake. 

Do probiotics help with IBS?

Probiotics are common and often considered one of the best supplements to take for IBS.

Probiotic supplements use live good bacteria to support a healthy balance of gut bacteria, which can reduce IBS symptoms, including 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 probiotics 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. And some only contain limited amounts of strains of the good bacteria your gut needs to thrive, making them ineffective for many. 

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 10 targeted Smart StrainsTM of good bacteria to help support gut and immune health and address issues like IBS.

If you haven't seen good results from probiotics or are interested in trying one to reduce IBS symptoms naturally, here are five reasons to consider trying Somaya Life.  

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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?

Woman gets a spinal adjustment from chiropractor

Yes, there may be a connection between IBS and chiropractic care. 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 chiropractic treatments like massage also reduce inflammation and boost circulation, improving the gut-brain connection

The Integrated Health & Injury Center 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 and peppermint oils 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, traditional Eastern Asian and Chinese medical systems historically used turmeric 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?

Blonde woman drinks tea out of a mug while curled up in a comfy armchair

Ginger tea, chews, and other ginger products may offer some relief for IBS pain. Ginger has traditionally been used to soothe digestive discomfort and is one of the most common alternative medicines to treat IBS and other gut health issues.  

Research shows ginger can help with nausea, vomiting, pain, and gut motility. As such, it may be helpful in reducing pain, stool changes, and other IBS symptoms.

Fresh ginger contains gingerol, which has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation that causes pain. With that in mind, you may 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, research on fasting when you have IBS is minimal. 

Those fasting may eat large meals during non-fasting times. Too much food at once 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 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 may help those with IBS find relief and improve quality of life. 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. It’s best to work with a professional to find the right solution for you.

If you have questions about Somaya Life and whether it might be a potential solution, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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