What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?*

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) must be diagnosed by a Medical Doctor. It is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you’ll need to manage long term.Only a small number of people with IBS have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.IBS doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.*From Mayo Clinic  

Lifestyle Factors

  • Take regular exercise
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue are all major factors in the development of IBS and need to be addressed as part of this protocol
  • Explore food sensitivities/allergies, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), FODMAP diet, GAPS diet, intestinal permeability, candida, parasites, crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Reduce/avoid

  • Common allergens (wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, soy and peanuts)
  • Trans/hydrogenated fats
  • Refined/processed foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Sugar

Increase

Dietary recommendations will vary depending on the specific causes and types of irritable bowel syndrome. Some foods that may be very beneficial to some types of IBS may be harmful to others. Seeking advise of a health practitioner specialising in this area is recommended.

Sugested Supplements*

Psyllium husk fibre

Getting sufficient fibre every day is important for digestive and colon health, as well as overall heart health.

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This particular probiotic is formulated for people over 40 years of age but may be used by younger people.

Solgar Advanced 40 + Acidophilus
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Useful in assisting with the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

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Aids digestion by increasing stomach acid.

Solgar Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin
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Wild oregano oil has been used traditionally as a natural antibiotic, antifungal and anti-parasitic herb.

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Cinnamon is believed to support insulin sensitivity.

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Artichoke Leaf Extract supports liver health.

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*Note: This service does not replace normal medical care. Please consult with your doctor prior to commencing any Cardiovascular programmes or taking medication.

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