11 Natural Remedies To Stop IBS (#7 Is Surprisingly Effective)

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Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome? This is a common condition that many people struggle with. Think you’re alone?

Statistics show that one in every 10 American adults show symptoms of IBS, filling about 35,000 hospital beds each year. It is the second biggest cause of calling in sick from work, right after the flu.

Don’t confuse IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). IBD is an autoimmune disease that has very dire consequences, including debilitating pain. However, with IBD, the bowels are completely functional.

How can you tell if you are actually suffering from IBS and not something else?

Common symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Boating
  • Excessive gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Spastic colon

Most doctors will prescribe you antispasmodics and antidepressants for IBS, but there are other alternatives. Rather than simply address the symptoms, which is what these drugs are doing, you can address the root cause.

Keep reading: We have 11 of the best ways to help address IBS and stop the craziness that it causes.


1. Peppermint

Herbal treatments are always one of the best options for treating almost any physical ailment. Peppermint calms the muscles in the colon, which is the main cause of diarrhea and the abdominal pain. Drinking a cup of peppermint tea after each meal can go a long way toward helping your symptoms. You can also try sucking on peppermint candies. There are peppermint extract supplements, but you should consult with an herbalist, who can advise you as to the proper dosage.


2. Ginger

Ginger is known to help with all kinds of stomach and digestive problems, including gas and bloating. Ginger reduces inflammation in the body, which can lead to several of the IBS symptoms. Drink a cup of ginger tea after each meal or suck on ginger candies. Like peppermint, there are also ginger extract supplements, but please consult an herbalist before consuming them.


3. Don’t Forget Fiber

Consuming fiber can be extremely helpful when it comes to addressing IBS symptoms such as the bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Fiber supplements that contain psyllium are the most helpful. Psyllium is a type of adaptogenic fiber. This means it will adjust the amount of water it draws to your stools so that you don’t have hard stools that are difficult to pass, and that you don’t have diarrhea. Be certain the psyllium you buy is organic.


4. Carrots

Carrots never reach the colon undigested, and they are great natural remedies for constipation. Although the exact amount needed varies from person to person, start with one cup of fresh, sliced carrots or one cup (eight ounces) of carrot juice. If this isn’t sufficient, then add a half cup more each day until the desired results are obtained.

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One Comment

  1. Anto

    Mar 17, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Bone broth – that’s a very effective treatment for irritable bowel and IBD. Take 2-3 cups every day to soothe the gut and overcome constipation.