If you’ve ever felt confused, frustrated, unhappy and stressed by eating for IBS and having to change your diet, this blog post is for you. I’ve addressed it to Brie, who left the following comment on one of my other blog posts, but I think the challenges she mentions are the same ones lots and lots of people with IBS have to deal with. After you read this, please leave your comments and let me know how this information relates to your situation. But first, here's her story...

What should you eat to help you prevent painful symptoms when you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Knowing what NOT to eat is just as important as learning what to eat with IBS.

So here are some tips…

What is IBS-C? What is IBS-D?

If you’ve been wondering what the letters “C” and “D” stand for, it’s this:

IBS-C means Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation. IBS-D means Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea.

That’s all there is to it.


For an effective, drug-free method that helps you take control of either “C” or “D” and live a more comfortable life, try The No IBS Program.

 

Ingredients:

1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups water

Instructions:

Put the chia seeds and the water into a jar with a tight-fitting lid, such as a Mason jar. Make sure the lid is properly closed.

Shake it up until the seeds are blended with the water. Now what you need to do is...

Have you heard of chia? I’ve eaten it for years, but until I began to research it, I didn’t realize what a truly amazing food it is.

Chia-seedsChia is a small seed that originally came from Mexico. Aztec warriors and long distance runners used it on long treks as a highly concentrated endurance food because of its incredible sustaining powers. Chia is the Mayan word for “strength.”

I’ll get on to the nutrients in chia in a minute, but first I want to tell you why it’s such a great food for IBS.

Chia is a good source of soluble fiber which is very soothing to the gut. A standard rule of thumb with IBS is to always eat your soluble fibre foods first. What could be easier than...

This is a super-easy IBS recipe you can make in a few minutes. The turmeric and pepper add that little extra spice that livens up the avocado and pasta. And it’s healthy, too. In fact, every ingredient does more for you than just taste good. I’ll explain why below the recipe.

ibs-pasta-recipeIngredients (for one person):

Rice pasta – about 1 ½ - 2 cups fusilli spirals
½ avocado
½ teaspoon olive oil or flax oil
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Pinch of black pepper
Sea salt to taste

Boil rice pasta according to package directions, using lots of water so it doesn’t get gummy. This usually takes about 10 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, the next step is to...

The Spine Rub is a good all-around balancer. Plus it feels great! You can use it for more than IBS nausea and abdominal pain. Use it to relax when you're stressed, or to give yourself a boost when you're tired. And here's a way to use it that will surprise you...

Apples are a great food for IBS, once you know their secret. They may even help to relieve irritable bowel pain.

Here’s why...

Did you know that diarrhea is the third biggest killer of young children in the developing world? So there’s a strong motivation to find a way to stop diarrhea, especially in places like South-East Asia and Africa.

Here’s the newest non-toxic method they’re using: zinc. That is, zinc supplements in syrup or tablet form. You might have heard about zinc nasal sprays for colds. Well, now there’s zinc for diarrhea. Children are given 20 mg of zinc per day for 10 days to two weeks and apparently it clears up the diarrhea that could otherwise be fatal.

I’ve read several articles about using zinc supplements for diarrhea but none of them explain exactly how it works. One theory, according to WHO diarrhea specialist, Olivier Fontaine, is that because zinc is “an essential ingredient in about 300 enzymes” it boosts your immune system. He suggests that supplementary zinc keeps the diarrhea from getting worse. 60% of the immune system is near or around your digestive system.

In Nutrition Almanac, Lavon J. Dunne says that, after iron, the human body uses more zinc than any other essential trace mineral. It is part of 25 or more enzymes involved in digestion and metabolism, and helps you digest carbohydrates, absorb vitamins, break down alcohol, produce insulin and heal wounds.

So it’s pretty important to your digestive health as well as your general health. But will zinc work for IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea) the way it works for children’s chronic diarrhea in Africa and Asia? It's a good question. Here are a couple of thoughts...

I’m a big fan of the humble digestive enzyme. How can you not love a product that makes your stomach feel better (with no side effects) when you make a food choice that turns out to be a problem? A good quality digestive enzyme will help you when you eat fats, proteins, processed foods, and gas-producers like legumes that have a lot of hard-to-digest insoluble fiber. That's my first reason to love them.

But enzymes help out with more than digestion! You might be surprised to learn what else they can do for you. Who would think that a digestive enzyme could work on a cold virus or provide pain relief? Read on to find out how...

Even though I hardly ever get sick, a few weeks ago, I got a bit of a cold – or possibly flu, so I started taking handfuls of enzymes. Like 10 or more per day. Does that sound crazy?

In case you’re wondering what digestive enzymes could possibly have to do with a cold, here’s my second reason to love them.

Colds and flu are started by viruses and virus cells have a protein coating. So if you take a lot of digestive enzymes, they break the protein coating on the virus cells in your body and the viruses die. (At least, that’s what happens to the ones in your digestive tract, which frees up your immune system to attack the rest of the little buggers.) Then you either get better faster, or you get less sick in the first place.

I learned this health tip from Udo Erasmus, PhD, who's an expert on digestive enzymes, probiotics, and healthy oils. Just remember, you have to take quite a few enzymes (I took about 5 two or three times a day) for the anti-virus effect. And it's probably best to take them between meals, not that you'll be eating much if you're sick.

The third thing I LOVE about digestive enzymes – and this is something I found out totally by accident – has to do with chronic pain relief...

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