3 Diets That Can Help Treat IBS

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Mar 3 2017 - 6:49am
ibs, diets, natural remedies

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be a tough condition to live with. Here are some diets to try that might help alleviate your symptoms.

Getting diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) isn't great. It's a gastrointestinal condition that doctors don't really know too much about. There are some obvious causes, like medications or genetics, but doctors aren't really sure why most IBS cases develops.

What's worse, some cases of IBS can be fully cured with medications, but other cases can only be managed. That's because IBS is a generic condition covering a wide array of symptoms, ranging from chronic constipation, diarrhea, to simply feeling bloated.

But often times when medicine fails to answer the call of sufferers, natural remedies are able to not only aid in treatment, but can also fully cure the condition. Here are a few healthy diets you can try that can help treat your IBS:

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Probiotic diet. Some scientists theorize that IBS and other gastrointestinal conditions (if not all) are caused by an imbalance in gut microbiota. Researchers found evidence that correcting your gut microbiota balance is effective in treating IBS. That said, you can try probiotic-rich diets instead of taking probiotic supplements. Korean food is heavy in probiotic-rich foods, like kimchi and cheonggukjang. Soy sauce meals are rich in probiotics too, because soy sauce is fermented soy. You can add a bit of soy sauce to each of your daily dishes to boost your good bacteria levels in your gut. You can also incorporate yogurt, buttermilk, and kombucha into your daily diet.

Alkaline diet. Some evidence shows that America's typical high-acidic foods can damage your esophagus and other mucus-lined membranes in your gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to GERD or exacerbate your preexisting acid reflux. It can also lead to tummy aches and other symptoms commonly associated with IBS. You can balance out the acidity of your daily meals by adding alkaline side dishes to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Add one or more of these side dishes with each meal: boiled spinach or other dark leafy greens, raw or boiled nuts (not peanuts), coconut milk or juice, and fresh cucumbers. You can also add microgreens or sprouts to your lunch sandwiches.

Smaller portions and eating more frequently. Eating a large load of food is not recommended by doctors, but that's what typical Americans do. Gastroenterologists and most doctors recommend eating smaller portions each meal, while eating five or six times daily. This way you're giving your body a steady supply of energy rather than bursts of carbs that tax your body. Eating smaller portions also taxes your gastrointestinal tract less. In fact, eating smaller portions has been found to help alleviate IBS symptoms.

Even if medicine has left you with hopelessness for curing your IBS, the natural world hasn't! Try these natural remedies and you might just be writing a testimonial about your IBS vanishing on Emaxhealth!

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