My daughter was recently diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter was recently diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the prescriptions are making her symptoms even worse. I just want her to get better and hope you have some natural recommendations.” — Elise W., Grand Rapids, MI
A. Dear Elise, First and foremost, diet plays a crucial role when it comes to controlling IBS symptoms. If your daughter is not doing so already, I highly recommend avoiding all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugars, and soft drinks. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. This is the diet I follow and it will help your daughter’s overall digestive health.
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 the 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) enzyme. One of the best botanicals I know to control this type of inflammation is boswellia.
Scientific research has shown that boswellia can help with IBS. To stop the inflammation and other symptoms of IBS, I recommend boswellia with a high-absorption curcumin extract.
Curcumin also supports the intestines and digestive tract. In recent studies, curcumin has shown great promise against microinflammation in the colon. This makes it an excellent partnering botanical to boswellia.
Make sure you choose a curcumin that features excellent absorption and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process.
It’s also important to find a formula with boswellia that has been filtered to reduce the beta-boswellic acid content to less than 5%. 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 component of boswellia.
I recommend 650 mg of this combination, twice per day.
For additional support you may also want to consider adding probiotics and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) to help soothe and repair the gut.
Terry . . . Naturally