Marijuana Chewing Gum And 14 Other Natural IBS Treatment Options

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4. Consider Cutting Carbs

Eating fiber is great for bulking up your stool but it’s not all roses. In fact, too much fiber can worsen cramping and gas (12).

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This is especially true if you are sensitive to gluten. Try cutting carbs and other high-fiber foods from your diet completely for 3-4 weeks and write down how you feel in a food journal.

High fiber foods include:

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  • Wheat and wheat-based products
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Lentils
  • Split peas
  • Lima beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Peas
  • Artichokes
  • Okra
  • Figs

5. Watch What You Eat

Everybody has their personal triggers, so you’ll have to discover yours. The easiest way to do this is by keeping a food journal. Write down everything you eat throughout the day and keep track of how these foods make you feel.

Common trigger foods include:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar-free sweeteners
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, etc.)
  • Fatty foods

6. Peppermint Oil

A study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology examined 110 outpatients with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study gave patients enteric-coated peppermint oil formulation three to four times daily, 15-30 min before meals, for 1 month (13).

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In the peppermint group:

  • 79% of patients experienced a reduction in the severity of abdominal pain (29 were pain-free)
  • 83% had less abdominal distension (bloating)
  • 83% had reduced stool frequency
  • 73% had fewer borborygmi (rumbling noise in the intestines)
  • 79% had less flatulence

Patients in this group also had very few side effects: one developed heartburn while the other experienced a mild rash.

Peppermint also improves digestion by promoting bile flow and preventing colonic spasm (14).

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