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Home > Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dave Foreman

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines) and affects an estimated 15% of US citizens. IBS is best described as a functional disease, meaning either the muscles or nerves that control the organs are not working normally. The nerves that control the organs include, not only the nerves that lie within the muscles of the organs, but nerves of the spinal cord and brain. It is for this reason that chiropractic therapies can be beneficial for those with IBS.


In IBS, the movement of the digestive tract is impaired, but the cause is still unknown. No test can diagnose IBS. And because the symptoms of IBS occur with so many diseases, a long list of conditions must be ruled out before IBS can be diagnosed.The main symptoms are abdominal pain or discomfort occurring with constipation or diarrhea. Other common symptoms are bloating, mucous in the stools, and gas. Symptoms often are so mild folks are not prompted to see a doctor. Since we don't understand what is causing IBS, it is good to know what the potential risk factors are. About 80% of IBS sufferers are women; it is more likely to occur in people in their teens through their 40s. People with stress are at risk, as are those with sensitivities to food (gluten, eggs, dairy, beans, etc), and those taking certain medications, especially antibiotics and antidepressants.

I feel that by controlling certain lifestyle factors, you can achieve a "cure" for this condition. The dietary changes are relatively simple. First, remove all foods that you sense can trigger or exacerbate your condition. If you are unsure, then keep a food diary for at least 30 days. In one column, write down everything you put in your mouth. In the other column, keep track of how you are feeling throughout the day.You will soon notice a pattern and can eliminate the offending foods. Also, since food sensitivities play a role, look into the ELISA test.

A sedentary lifestyle leads to a lazy digestive system. Get up and move.Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will have marked improvement on your digestive woes. Mind and spirit are also key. Since many people with IBS have stress management issues, getting your mind/body straight will have almost an immediate impact. Positive thinking, prayer, meditation, whatever you can do to change your stress levels will help get you on the path to better health.

Last but NOT least, supplements will have an immediate impact. Most Americans don't get enough fiber. I recommend flaxseed fiber. Flaxseed contains both soluble and insoluble fibers, lignans and EFAs, which all benefit this condition. If you are not accustomed to using fiber, I suggest increasing your daily intake by 5 grams per week until your daily intake (diet included) is 35-40 grams per day). Make sure to drink plenty of water (at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day) with your fiber. If you don't, your condition may get worse before it gets better.

The combination of Peppermint,Thyme and Rosemary oils in an enteric-coated capsule has been shown extremely helpful in decreasing spasms, cramping, bloating and reducing inflammation. Chamomile has a similar benefit.

Cleansing the liver and then maintaining liver health with digestive bitters like artichoke or dandelion can provide added benefits for IBS patients. I would start with a "whole body" cleanse and then move to a Liver Cleanse (Enzymatic Therapy or Renew Life). After these cleansing programs, add either of the herbs mentioned above or milk thistle.They should help your symptoms over time.

Lastly, I suggest taking digestive enzymes.To help with digestion I recommend protease, lipase, amylase and cellulose. If you're lactose intolerant, make sure your enzyme contains lactase. Here is my protocol:

  • Flaxseed Fiber-supplement until your daily intake of fiber is 35 grams
  • Peppermint Plus or a store brand
  • Liver cleanse followed by Milk Thistle or a liver support combination
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Digestive enzymes

Renew Life makes an incredible product that can be used instead of Chamomile tea. Intestinal Bowel Soother helps bowel health in many ways and provides an abundance of help for IBS suffers.

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