How to treat IBS Naturally
Updated: Feb 10
IBS is becoming an increasingly common dissorder of the gut. If you have been diagnosed with IBS or you suspect that you may be affected by this disorder, you have come to the right place! This article will help you to understand how you can start to manage your IBS, as well as how it can be effectively treated. So let's start off by considering what IBS is.
What Is IBS?
Irritable bowl syndrome, (IBS), is pretty much exactly that. Your bowl, predominantly the large intestine, becomes increasingly sensitive/irritable until eventually a disorder develops whereby irregular contractions, or cramps of the colon occur on an uncontrollable level. Symptoms of IBS include:
Abdominal pain, cramping or bloating that is typically relieved or partially relieved by passing a bowel movement
Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
Mucus in the stool
These symptoms can occur with various levels of severity as well as varying durations. At times, all symptoms can even disappear altogether.
What Causes IBS?
There are various reasons why IBS may develop. These include:
Muscle contractions in the intestine. The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that contract as they move food through your digestive tract. Irregular contractions can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. Weak intestinal contractions can slow food passage and lead to blockages within the colon.
Nervous system. Issues within the gut nervous system may cause you to experience greater than normal discomfort when your abdomen stretches from gas or stool. Poorly coordinated signals between the brain and the intestines can also lead your body to overreact to changes that normally occur in the digestive process, resulting in pain, diarrhea or constipation.
Inflammation in the intestines. Some people with IBS have an increased number of immune-system cells in their intestines. This can cause pain and diarrhea as these overactive cells perform what should be a normal function.
Severe infection. IBS can develop after a severe bout of diarrhea (gastroenteritis) caused by bacteria or a virus. IBS can also result from a surplus of bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth) or a surplus of fungus such as candida.
Changes in bacteria in the gut (microflora). Microflora are the "good" bacteria that reside in the intestines and play a key role in health. Research indicates that microflora in a gut afflicted by IBS might differ from microflora in a healthy gut. So a low microflora or microbiome population will cause severe issues in this regard.
Is There a Cure?
IBS is classed as a chronic disorder. What this means is that it is a disorder that often requires lifelong management. However, with the correct treatment and management, symptomes can often become non-existant. So the question then becomes, what is the most effective way to treat IBS?
How To Treat IBS
Treatment for IBS must center around restoring gut heath. If this is not the adopted aproach you will simply be masking, rather than treating, the condition.
As such, we have pioneered a specialised IBS treatment plan, that focuses on restoring the health of the gut. This treatment plan involves cleaning, building and maintaing the gut wall and microbiome structures. Book a consultation with us for your own specialised treatment plan.
Other treatments for IBS include:
Participating in regular physical exercise
Limiting you caffeinated beverage intake as these stimulate the intestines
Eating smaller meals
Taking probiotics (“good” bacteria normally found in the intestines) to help relieve gas and bloating, as well as build up the microbiome
Avoiding deep-fried, spicy, or highcarb foods
These general guidelines will enable you to help manage the effects of IBS, as well as give you a good foundation to restoring the health of your gut.