Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you are not alone. Once a
relatively rare disorder, IBS now affects and estimated 20 to 30 percent of
the U.S. population. Although women are two times more likely than men to
seek treatment for IBS, it is thought that men and women are affected in
equal numbers. It is the most common reason for a referral to a
gastroenterologist. IBS is characterized by a malfunction in the digestive
tract. Usually, waste material is delivered through the tract to the rectum
by rhythmic contractions of the intestines. In IBS, those contractions
become erratic and irregular. Bowel movements are unpredictable and
painful, with attending constipation, diarrhea, or an alternation of both.
The abdomen may be cramped or bloated, certain foods can no longer be
tolerated, and other all-too-familiar signs of gastric distress develop. In
some cases, waste matter is pushed through the tract with such force that
stool incontinence results. Studies have also found that people with IBS
have increased sensitivity to pain in the digestive tract.
There are really five main fundamental causes of IBS. The modern-day,
fast-food diet is definitely one of them. Refined foods that are hard to
digest contribute to many symptoms of poor digestion. Second, poor
stress-coping mechanisms trigger nervous system reactions that contribute
to IBS. Unresolved emotional traumas can have this negative effect as well.
Third, chronic infections of the digestive tract with candida, parasites,
and bacteria can be causative factors. Fourth, poorly functioning digestive
organs contribute to IBS symptoms. These include dysbiosis, where there is
a deficiency of the good bacteria that are involved with digestion and
detoxification. The fifth cause, and the least common, is a structural
abnormality of some type. Spinal misalignments, for example, impair nerve
flow to the digestive tract, which contributes to digestive problems.
It is important that you consult with a doctor to find out whether you have
IBS or some other condition that causes similar symptoms. However, in our
opinion, natural therapies are the only sensible approach for the long-term
control and the resolution of this condition, as they treat the underlying
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS:
The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch,
M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D..
Super Prescription #1
- LifeSource Product
Take 1 to 2 enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules
twice daily between meals. This herb reduces gas and
cramping, and studies show that it is effective for
Super Prescription # 2 Gentian root (Gentiana
This improves overall digestive function. Take 300 mg
or 10 to 20 drops five to fifteen minutes before meals.
It works well as part of a "bitters" herbal formula.
Super Prescription #3
Enzymes – Super Enzymes
- LifeSource Product
Take 1 to 2 capsules of a full-spectrum enzyme product
with each meal. Enzymes help you to digest food more
Super Prescription #4
Probiotics / Dophilus
- LifeSource Product
Take a product containing at least 4 billion active
organisms daily. Friendly bacteria such as
Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus are involved with
digestion and prevent the overgrowth of candida and
other harmful microbes.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource Products
Drink 1 cup of fresh tea or take 500 mg of the capsule
form with each meal. Ginger reduces gas, bloating, and
diarrhea and improves the functioning of the stomach.
Super Prescription # 6 Skullcap (Scutellaria
Take 250 mg to 2 ml with each meal. It relaxes the
nervous system and promotes digestion.
Super Prescription #7
- LifeSource Product
Drink 1oz twice daily or as directed on the container.
Aloe is very soothing and healing to the digestive
tract, and it fights intestinal infection.
Click here to see all products, articles and
studies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Mucus in stools
Abdominal pain and cramping, usually either relieved by going to the
bathroom or brought on by it
Flatulence and abdominal rumblings
Intolerance to certain foods
Gurgling and rumbling of the abdomen
Unpleasant taste in the mouth
Feeling full easily
Painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
Irritation of the rectum
A diet that's high in refined, man-made foods and sugars and low in
Food allergies or sensitivities
Candida overgrowth, parasite infection, and dysbiosis
Poor stress-coping mechanisms
The most reliable way to calm an irritable bowel is to adhere to a good
diet. You may find that the following suggestions advocate a drastic change
from your present way of eating, but the difference in the way you feel
will be worth it.
Even when eating the most healthful of foods, however, you must be careful
not to eat just before going to bed.
For IBS sufferers, a high-fiber diet is an absolute must. Although fiber
may not sound appealing to you if you have diarrhea, it will actually
regulate your bowels and soothe your digestive tract. Your diet should be
based on high-fiber foods, especially whole grains, raw or lightly cooked
vegetables, and legumes. You should slowly increase the amount of
fiber-rich foods in your diet so that your body can adjust.
Drink a glass of clean water every two hours to ease the transit of waste
matter and to keep your whole body functioning smoothly.
Irritable bowel syndrome can deplete your intestines of friendly bacteria.
Eat a cultured product such as live yogurt, kefir, or sauerkraut every day.
Foods to Avoid
The first step in treating IBS is to determine whether your problem is
actually an allergy to food. If you can trace your symptoms to a particular
food or foods, make it a priority to avoid those allergens. Keep a close
eye on how dairy products affect you; lactose is often a trigger for
Wheat and sugar products are common offenders as well.
Saturate, hydrogenated, and partially hydrogenated fats disturb the
intestines and are hard to digest. Stay away from red meat, butter,
margarine, and fried foods.
Avoid mucus-forming foods that encourage toxins to accumulate. Foods that
promote mucus include all dairy products, fried and processed foods, refine
flours, and chocolate.
Caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and tobacco all irritate the stomach
lining, so eliminate them from your diet. Many of these items also
contribute to stress.
Although a high intake of fiber is a necessity, steer clear of wheat bran.
If often triggers allergies in IBS sufferers, and because the fiber is
insoluble, it can propel waste matter through the intestines faster than is
comfortable. Ground flaxseeds are a better choice.
Avoid ice-cold drinks, which inhibit digestion and may cause cramping.
Recent research shows that many people with IBS are sensitive to the
sweetener fructose. It should be avoided or limited in the diet.
A vegetable juice fast lasting three days is a good way to eliminate toxins
that have built up as a result of improper bowel functioning; do this fast
once a month for three consecutive months.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a hallowed remedy for digestive
troubles. Take peppermint tea after meals, instead of having dessert.
Use it with caution if you have acid reflux.
A toxic liver can aggravate IBS, and IBS can put additional stress on
the liver. Support yours with detoxifying milk thistle (Silybum
marianum). For the best effect, you'll need to take this herb on a
continuing basis. Take 250 mg daily of a product standardized for 80 to
85 percent silymarin content. Take it with each meal.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) and pau d'arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) are
both traditional soothers of an irritated bowel. Take 800 to 1,000 mg
of slippery elm three to four times daily, or use 5 cc of a tincture
three times daily. The dosage for pau d'arco is 100 mg of the powdered
bark or 0.5 to 1.0 cc of a tincture three times a day.
Betaine hydrochloride supports stomach acid levels for better
digestion. Take 1 to 2 capsules with each meal.
Bruce Brightman – founder
Proudly Made in the USA!
Every LifeSource Vitamins product exceeds all regulatory standards and
requirements set forth in the FDA's Code of Federal Regulation. (
21 CFR, part 111
as well as all Good Manufacturing Practices enforced by the FDA. CGMP's
provide for systems that assure proper design, monitoring, and control of
manufacturing processes and facilities. (
LifeSource Vitamins: Driven by Faith ~ Powered by God
Have Questions on this or any other product or health issue for you or a
loved one? It can be overwhelming we know. Call us, we will walk you
through what supplements will help you and which ones you really don’t
need. It’s what we do! Toll-Free: 800-567-8122
LifeSource Vitamins – Founded in 1992
100% of our profits are donated to Christian Organizations like these
and many others worldwide:
Campus Crusade for Christ - CRU
The Jesus Film Project
The Tim Tebow Foundation
The Herman and Sharron Show on CTN (Christian Television Network)
and many more…
E-mail Us: info@LifesourceVitamins.com
or Call Us: 800.567.8122
We Are Built on Compassion - Driven by Faith & Powered by God!
None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA. These products
are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
As always, consult your physician before taking any and all
LifeSource Vitamins. Individual results may vary.
All the information contained throughout this website is based upon the
opinions of the founder of LifeSource Vitamins, Bruce Brightman, and the
entire team at LifeSource Vitamins whose relentless research and studies
have been ongoing since 1992. Other articles and information are based on
the opinions of the authors, who retain the copyright as marked in the
article. The information on this site is not intended to replace your
health care professional, but to enhance your relationship with them. Doing
your own studying and research and taking your health care into your own
hands is always best, especially in partnership with your health care
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have any medical
conditions, always consult your health care professional before taking
supplements based on the information on this site.
LifeSource Vitamins: from the nutrients we choose, to the way we run
our business, we answer to God in all we do!