What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a disorder that strikes the large intestine. IBS symptoms can include pain in the abdomen, changes in bowel moments, diarrhea and/or constipation. It is a primary gastrointestinal disorder. Doctors consider it to be an issue of the gut-brain interaction, which is your brain and gut working together. The gut is sensitive and can change the way that muscles in the bowels contract. 

Types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Types of IBS are based on the patterns of your bowel movements. It is essential for your doctor to determine the type of IBS you are suffering from. Certain medicines can worsen the situation, so there is no one particular type that suits everyone. Some people have normal bowel movements one day, while other days, their condition is worse. 

IBS signs and symptom include cramping, gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and/or bloating. IBS is a chronic condition that requires care and management in the long term. Usually, people control their symptoms by altering lifestyle or diet or reducing stress. IBS does not increase the risk of colorectal cancer. 

Causes of IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Muscle contractions in the intestine.
  • Nervous system malfunction.
  • Inflammation in the intestine.
  • Severe infection.
  • Changes in gut bacteria.

Triggers of IBS

Common triggers of irritable bowel syndrome are:

  1. Food.
  2. Stress.
  3. Hormones. 

IBS is statistically more common in women, but almost 60 million people in America suffer from the condition. It can be inherited from family members or triggered by environmental elements. Factors like anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues can increase one’s chances of having IBS. 

Patients with IBS can suffer for decades and may not find relief with traditional treatment. There are doctors who cannot officially determine the illness, like whether it is “functional” or “psychosomatic.” Sometimes, prescribed sedatives or antidepressants can boost the syndrome’s effects and make it worse. Natural remedies can be useful alternatives to conventional drugs. 

Alternatives to Stop IBS

  • Probiotics

These bacteria are found in supplements or fermented foods. Probiotic consumption can relieve abdominal pain and other IBS symptoms by altering the amount and ratio of natural gut bacteria. 

  • A healthy diet
healthy diet to stop IBS

A diet should be clean and plant-based, featuring whole grains, oats, quinoas, and black rice. Avoid foods including high amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, saturated and trans fats, among other things. In some cases, it is essential to eliminate dairy products too. 

  • Prebiotics

Prebiotics include healthy food like garlic, onions, bananas, and asparagus to help in relieving IBS symptoms. 

  • Fibers

Getting fiber in the form of food or supplements can improve the symptoms of IBS. There are different types of fibers with proven results, including psyllium, wheat bran, and calcium polycarbophil. It also can be helpful for patients with constipation. Foods such as beans, fruits, veggies, and whole grains are low calorie and rich in vitamins and other nutrients. 

  • Peppermint oil 

Peppermint oil is antispasmodic and beneficial for constipation or diarrhea. It also soothes pain in the abdomen. 

  • Iberogast 

Iberogast is a liquid formula that includes nine different plant extracts, including peppermint. It has spasmodic qualities. 

  • Stress reduction strategies
stress reduction to stop IBS

Patients can try exercise, yoga, or medication to help reduce stress, which in turn, can reduce IBS symptoms. 

  • Eating at regular time 

Don’t skip meals; eat at the same time every day to regulate digestive functioning. Eat small or frequent meals that will not irritate your bowels. High-fiber foods easily move through intestines.

Alternative Medicine

  • Hypnosis.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Mindfulness training.
  • Stress reduction.


Naturopathy can work wonders for treating and healing IBS. Herbs can minimize muscular spasms, gas, and inflammation. It can also help strengthen intestinal walls. Naturopathy doctors can help maintain the balance of one’s body acidic levels with colon hydrotherapy. They can provide diet suggestions and other alternatives that work for improving IBS symptoms.

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Preston Robinson, ND

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