What can I take to help alleviate some of my IBS symptoms?
Q. Dear Terry, “What can I take to help alleviate some of my IBS symptoms? I am very desperate.” — Rose S., Boise, ID
A. Dear Rose, Diet plays a crucial role when it comes to controlling IBS symptoms. If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend avoiding all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugar and soft drinks. If you find it too difficult to avoid all grains, you may have the following grains; brown rice, quinoa, millet seed, buckwheat and/or amaranth. I would also recommend avoiding all dairy products with the exception of what some people think are dairy products – eggs, butter and cream. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. This is the diet I follow and it will help your overall digestive health.
Adding probiotics and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) to your daily regimen will also help to soothe your ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach and intestines. Probiotics, also called ‘beneficial bacteria’, typically colonize in the intestines and are not only beneficial for intestinal health, but overall health as well. I especially like a blend of probiotics combined with a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL helps keep your stomach and intestinal mucosal lining strong and intact. Look for a product that contains a DGL extract standardized to contain 3.5% glabridin, with greater than 10% total flavonoids per dose. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this blend daily.
I would also recommend adding a formula that contains a special blend of boswellia and curcumin. Curcumin and boswellia are two Indian plants that exhibit very effective anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to promoting tissue repair. Take 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. When looking for a formula, keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure you choose a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid to 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
Terry . . . Naturally