Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a serious gastrointestinal disease that can have severe symptoms. Its treatment often demands the use of over the counter drugs and medications that can bring fast relief and eliminate pain and discomfort. But are there any home treatments for IBS to start the battle?
Actually there are many natural ways that can be successfully used at home to smooth IBS symptoms. Some of these home cures and remedies have been used since ancient times. Here is a number of useful tips to start with.
Develop a diet that would be rich in fibers. Eat fruits like pears, which are high in fiber and are easily digestible. A breakfast with oat bran bread, oatmeal cookies or sprinkle bran will work good to battle IBS.
Drink much water (from 8 to 10 glasses a day). It is vitally important to prevent dehydration. Moreover, abundant water drinking puts back the fluids lost because of diarrhea and help soften the stool in case of constipation predominant IBS.
Discover typical dietary offenders. You should learn how your digestive system reacts on them. Find out your gas producers (carbonated drinks, cruciferous vegetables as main offenders) and learn such products as caffeinated beverages, chocolate, milk, alcohol, and sorbitol really cause the problem. Eliminate them from the diet. Instead consume more peppermint oil or chamomile or primrose oil. They can really help you to get rid of gassiness.
To regulate constipation and diarrhea it is advisable to eat carrot and cabbage. They have great nutritionary value and they battle against the bacteria without no side effects. Note that sometimes cabbage can cause gassiness. If this is your case, simply remove it from you diet.
Consume more fennel seeds and flaxseeds. They are easily available. They help to take away the fats that accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract.
Try to stick to your eating schedule. Eat your meals at regular intervals throughout the day.
Do more physical exercises. Go for long walks and try to be outdoor as much as possible. Avoid stressful situation and do more practice in relaxation.
The devil is not that black as he is painted. Just begin the battle. And sooner or later IBS will retreat.