Having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be very frustrating. There are various factors that can affect this condition, such as chronic stress and genetics. Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, cramping, and stool irregularities. It can also trigger diarrhea or constipation.
If the root cause of irritable bowel syndrome is identified, it can be treated. Having a functional medicine practitioner can help you identify the appropriate treatment. Although there is no single treatment that can cure IBS, a targeted and active approach can help patients. There are various holistic approaches one can take to try to ease the symptoms of IBS and live a more comfortable lifestyle.
Consider Taking Probiotics
Taking supplements of live microorganisms known as probiotics can help improve the health of your digestive system and prevent some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This can lead to improved digestion and the prevention of bowel diseases.
Various other conditions, such as depression and anxiety, can also be helped by taking probiotic supplements. Some fermented food products, such as buttermilk and yogurt, contain beneficial microorganisms. Drinking fermented beverages such as kefir and kombucha can also help boost the number of probiotic organisms in your body.
Try Out Intermittent Fasting
This type of dietary pattern is known as intermittent fasting, which involves restricting one’s caloric intake for up to 14-20 hours per day. While this isn’t for everybody and should be discussed with a doctor before implementing it into one’s lifestyle, there are various benefits from this caloric restriction, including the relief of abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
A type of treatment known as acupuncture involves the use of needles that are placed through the skin at various depths. A study conducted in 2014 revealed that acupuncture could help treat irritable bowel syndrome. In another study, researchers found that it was more effective than Western medicine when it came to reducing the symptoms of this condition.
Eat More Prebiotics and Fiber
One of the most effective ways to treat irritable bowel syndrome is by increasing your fiber intake. Consuming prebiotics can help nourish your gut and improve your digestive system. These are found in a wide range of foods, including vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. Consider adding more apples, bananas, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes into your diet.