Decrease refined carbohydrates, especially sugar. High sugar intake paralyzes the bowel and may be a reason for the high incidence of IBS in our society.
Food allergies are very common in people with IBS, the most common culprits are dairy and gluten containing grains. A 3 week trial with food elimination is a good idea.
Eat high fiber foods but be careful to avoid allergenic fiber foods such as grain cereals.
Stress, anxiety and depression are common among people who suffer with IBS. Pursue appropriate treatment for these issues if they are part of your health history. Relaxation, biofeedback, stress reduction, hypnosis and other practices and treatments can help.
Sleep deprivation increases the symptoms of IBS.
Exercise helps to decrease the number of episodes and severity of IBS. Leisurly walking may be sufficient to help decrease the severity of IBS.
Multi-Probiotic 40 Billion – 2 Capsules Twice Daily. Multi-Probiotic 40 Billion is a comprehensive probiotic that contains 16 strains of bacteria that colonize the upper and lower bowel.
Digestive Enzyme Ultra – 1-2 capsules with each meal.This formula will help to assure that food is fully digested so that the food is less likely to trigger reactions.
Stress Calm PX – 2 Capsules Twice Daily. Stress Px is an herbal formula designed to help your body adapt to stress especially when there is a tendency towards anxiety. This formula is especially important for people who are most sensitive to stress.
If Constipated: Take 3A Magnesia, 2-6 tablets at night before bed. Experiment with the dose to find the perfect amount needed to provide relief.
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