I thought I would share with you some tips on IBS as I know one of my friends suffers badly from this and has yet to find an answer.
Although I don’t agree with all of his principles, I respect much of Mark Hyman’s work (Ultra Wellness fame). Mark provides these tips so I recommended she give this a try:
5 Steps to Curing IBS
- 1. Get tested.Try to get a test for IgG food allergies (see Immunolabs for more information on this testing) and eliminate the foods that test positive for 12 weeks.
- 2. Test yourself. If you can’t afford the test mentioned above, then just eliminate the most common food allergens for 12 weeks — that’s dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, and peanuts. And then reintroduce them to see if they cause symptoms. This is an effective way to isolate the foods that may be causing you problems.
- 3. Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small bowel.Ask your doctor to prescribe rifaximin (Xifaxin) and take two 200 mg tablets 3 times a day for 7 to 10 days. This is often the best way to deal with the chronic bacterial overgrowth that causes bloating and irritable bowel syndrome.
- 4. Repopulate your digestive tract with good bacteria.I don’t usually recommend brands, but when it comes to probiotics the quality varies so much that I suggest taking two specific brands. Take one packet of VSL3 or other high potency probiotic twice a day for 1 to 2 months. This probiotic has over 450 billion organisms per packet. I also recommend a probiotic called S. boulardii take two capsules twice a day for 2 months. This is a special probiotic that helps to further normalize gut function.
Mark suggests taking these steps and seeking out the underlying causes of IBS, you can dramatically improve your health and overcome your digestive disorder.
(adapted from Mark Hyman, Ultra Wellness)