Does anyone have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and what remedies do they use? Thank you!
Donna from Victoria B.C.
I've been battling IBS for years and have to really watch what I eat and drink. I eliminated all dairy products from my diet and I make my own rice milk in place of cow's milk on my morning cereal. If any food upsets my stomach, I stay away from it. I became a vegetarian over 5 years ago for health reasons, and don't eat meat or poultry. I do eat eggs, and fish for protein.
I'm not advising you to become a vegetarian, this is just what I do for IBS.
Do a search on Google and find some websites on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and see what you come up with.
Maybe there are some others with our same problem that could help you out as well.
I was diagnosed by colonscopy a few months ago. I had problems having a bowel movement without a laxative
I only rarely have to take my medication since I began a high fiber diet (25-30 grams a day minimum)
I take metamucil in prune juice daily PLUS about half the recommended dose of Miralax (in the pharmacy-expensive but worth it!)
When I don't get my fiber-I feel bad and of course have symptoms. I have switched to double fiber bread (and my kids love it), whole wheat pastas. (DH pines for white bread and regular pastas...LOL) try adding fruit (I like dried apricots) and lots of beans (Baked beans, bean soup, split peas, etc.). It's almost a game to try and get the right amount of fiber in my diet. A good breakfast is granola, half a container of vanilla yougert and half a cup of frozen mixed berried (8 grams of fiber) YUM!
GOod luck. I find discipline is the key
Also-get some regular exercise! Works wonders for me too!
Hi, I also have been battling IBS for years. My remedy is to carry peppermints with me at all times. I usually buy the Altoids because they are the strongest. I eat 3 or 4 of them when I feel my stomach starting to act up, or when I KNOW I ate something that is going to cause me problems. It helps a lot. Peppermint extract or peppermint tea helps a lot as well. Hope this helps you! :-)
Taking acidophilus once a day helps me.
I have some luck with chewing up raw old-fashioned oatmeal, dry, a bit of that seems to help. I don't think I have real IBS, just a cantankerous hard-to-please gut sometimes, depending on stress. Good for you for putting in a question. God bless!
I don't know if I've had true IBS or more like irritable gut. I don't think it's what I eat that sets things off but stress. It first started for me when I was 18 and had my first job. I've never been constipated it was always the other way around. I have found taking fiber every day and never missing keeps me regular. Not much seems to be advertised if you have the opposite problem of constipation but taking daily fiber will help that too. I buy the Wal-Mart equate brand, capsule form. It is just like Metamucil. You want the kind with pysllium husk. I take two capsules a day and that seems to work for me. No more what I referred to as "mad dashes".....maybe once in a great while if I've been under a great deal of stress I'll have a problem.
What some people don't realize is you really should have a bowel movement daily and more than once a day is even better.
All I had to do was start taking fiber and it's really changed my life. I've been doing it now for 5 or more years. You also want to increase your water consumption when you increase fiber. Taking fiber can also reduce your cholesterol. No one ever gets enough fiber so it's really a good thing for anyone!
Eat a diet high in fiber if you are able to tolerate that.
Take a fiber supplement like Metamucil every day. Take a small dose. It firms up loose stools, and it also makes you go when you cant. It works both ways. This is what we use in our family.
Peppermint. If you do a Google search for IBS, you will find lots of remedies. However, I find peppermint is good. Either tea, or check out your local Health Food Store, i.e. GNC and talk to an employee about IBS, there should be a Peppermint remedy for IBS.
I have IBS with the opposite of constipation symptoms, and have found myself in some rather embarrasing situations with it. When you've had to mop the floor of a fast-food restaurant, you learn quickly how to deal with it. A fantastic website to go to for help is:
Heather has so many suggestions that you can't help but find a solution to your particular problem. Good luck!
The remedies would depend on which symptoms you have (constipation vs diarrhea). Mine include diarrhea and I take Blackberry tincture, Equalactin, and when needed, a prescription medication (Lonox).
I have battled IBS for many, many years but never was told about this until I happened on a web site that talked about wheat allergy or intolerance is what most probably triggers a bout of pain and diarrhea.
I went on a gluten free diet and within three days there was an 80% improvement and after seven days I was having one normal formed bowel movement per day. Once in a while I can allow myself to eat a piece of whole wheat bread but I know I can't do it very often.
Go look at www.celiac.com. This has oodles of help and links to sites that have gluten free foods like glutenfreemall.com, and bobsredmill.com.
I hope this works for you.
I was diagnosed with IBS about twenty years ago, which was initially treated with meds that I didn't want to take--one of them was some sort of muscle relaxant and I didn't like the "off" feeling it gave me, and I didn't want to become addicted.
Initially, daily Metamucil was the thing for me, but I still suffered frequent flareups. Mine eventually grew into ulcerative colitis but my flareups are now literally years apart.
I ditched the Metamucil and cut out as many processed foods, bad fats , sugar and white flour products as I could and now eat lots of veggies, fresh fruit, chicken and fish, and whole wheat and legumes.
Also have to say that getting rid of 200 pounds also helped immensely. No, not from me--got rid of the ex-husband:)
Not saying to kick out any significant other you have, but eliminating as much aggravation as you can from your life also makes a big difference in managing IBS.
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