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Irritable Bowel Lifestyle Rx

Most of the digestive tract issues covered on this website have a common denominator for healing –avoiding foods that irritate the digestive tract to allow for healing, improving gut flora, and providing your body with the nutrition that is required for optimal health.

Therefore, the best natural treatment for IBS is to take a multidimensional approach that includes herbs, diet, and homeopathy and lifestyle changes. To start your superior nutrition, you may want to also consider the Equilib for complete nutritional support and above all know that the best way to begin healing is by using our Irritable Bowel Syndrome Kit and following the regimen is advised.

Foods to avoid for irritable bowel syndrome:

  • Wheat and gluten
  • Caffeine (found in tea, coffee and soda)
  • High Fructose
  • Dairy products
  • Red Meats
  • Carbonated drinks (like soda)
  • Alcohol
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus fruits
  • Artificial sweeteners (things like sorbitol and aspartame)
  • Chocolate
  • Foods high in fat

Not everyone with IBS has problems with all of these foods, so keep a food diary to see what correlates to your IBS symptoms. When you have a flare-up or episode, look back at what you ate and make a note of it. Remember that after enough healing time, (especially with the IBS Kit) you will be able to eat more and more foods without a problem. Many with IBS have found the “Specific Carbohydrate Diet” (SCD) to be very useful in getting their symptoms under control.

Having irritable bowel disease does not mean that you can never again eat foods you love. Again, once the healing process starts, your body will allow more and more variety of foods without causing problems.

What foods should you eat on a diet for IBS?

Remember how humans ate before we had all the processed foods and fast foods? Try to eat more like we did then! Eat foods found in their natural form as often as possible. Foods that are high in fiber are:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Beans
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals (gluten-free)

Other Important Tips:

  • Try not to eat heavy meals.
  • Eat smaller meals every 2 hours.
  • Eat slowly; give your system a chance to do its job without causing bloating and gas!
  • Increasing your fiber intake may cause more gas at first, so you may want to increase slowly to start. Your body will adjust to normal intake within a couple of weeks.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent constipation. If you have diarrhea, you still need to drink a lot of water or you will become dehydrated. Aim to drink eight glasses (2 quarts) per day.
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats
  • Make sure you are getting enough Omega Oils (3,6 & 9)

Exercise, a minimum of 3 times weekly.