I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago. My doctor tried several prescriptions, but I still have symptoms almost daily. I alternate between constipation and diarrhea, plus I have frequent stomach pains. I hope there is something natural that can help.” — Melissa F., Annapolis, MD
A. Dear Melissa, I encourage you to discuss any supplement usage with your primary healthcare practitioner. I believe that diet plays a crucial role when it comes to controlling IBS symptoms. If you’re not doing so already, I highly recommend avoiding all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugars, and soft drinks. Click on my healthy diet plan or healthy fats webinar for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Just like the majority of the chronic health conditions seen today, gastrointestinal issues like IBS, have their roots in chronic inflammation. To address inflammation in the stomach and intestinal tract, we need to use a compound that can help modulate a certain kind of inflammation-promoting pathway, called 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase). One of the best botanicals I know to control this type of inflammation is boswellia.
Make sure you choose a boswellia that has been filtered to reduce the beta-boswellic acid content. Most compounds in boswellia have healthy and anti-inflammatory activities, but beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing this compound greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% of AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), which is the most active anti-inflammatory component of boswellia.
In addition to boswellia, there are other safe and effective herbal medicines that keep the intestines free of inflammation and digestion running smoothly.
Coriander provides protection from intestinal parasites, (including E. Coli) and ends bacterial overgrowth that can lead to IBS symptoms. Fennel helps to protect against peptic ulcers and keeps the mucosal lining of the stomach and small intestines safe from damage. It may also help stop oxidative stress brought on from inflammation. Caraway can help relax the smooth muscle cells in the intestines and relieve bloating, gas, and other intestinal symptoms. Lastly, peppermint has been long recognized for everyday gastric relief (think about after dinner mints, or the tradition of mint served with lamb for easier post-meal digestion), but it is also being researched as an herbal bacteria fighter. It is able to destroy harmful bacteria without impairing the beneficial bacteria we need for normal digestive function.
I would take 400 mg of the aforementioned ingredients with each meal.
For additional support, you may want to consider taking a combination of the human probiotic strains Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. I would take these once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally