How to Treat IBS Naturally

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Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine. In this training video, I’m going
to talk to you about IBS natural treatments
and the IBS diet. And IBS stands for Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, and I’m going to go through
the four steps, specifically including diet,
what foods not to eat, supplements and lifestyle
on how you can heal IBS syndrome. And I’ve
worked with thousands of patients who have
struggled with IBS and laid out natural treatment
plans for them, and I’ve seen them overcome
it. So I know you can as well, if you’re a
person or have a family member struggling
with this condition.
So first let’s start off talking about what
foods you have to stay away from if you have
IBS. Number one is going to be gluten. If
you are consuming gluten, that inflammatory
protein and grain products that can cause
IBS and I recommend for my patients with IBS
at the start, for them to stay away from all
grain products, especially wheat products,
but all grains to start. Now, later on about
three to nine months into care, sometimes
they can add in some sprouted grains or sourdough
grains. But from the start, that first three
months, going completely grain-free is important.
Also staying away from casein or conventional
dairy products. Lactose, the sugar in dairy,
in casein, can be problematic. Now doing kefir
on the other hand, can be greatly beneficial
or a fermented dairy product, but regular
dairy products, especially milk, can be absolutely
destructive for IBS.
Some of the other things you want to be careful
of and stay away from with IBS are pretty
obvious, hydrogenated oils. Those cause intestinal
inflammation. Also, raw foods. That’s right.
Salads, raw fruits and vegetables and raw
fruits can really damage the gut if you have
IBS. So you really only want to be consuming
cooked foods. Also, stay away from cold foods.
Ice water, ice cream, anything that’s cold
is actually hard on the digestive system.
Then of course, any processed food, refined
food, packaged food, get those out of the
diet if you have IBS.
Now, here are the top healing foods for IBS
or the IBS diet. On the IBS diet you want
to consume foods that really nourish the colon
as well as nourish the spleen. The first category
is going to be white immune boosting foods.
So again, white foods, think cauliflower,
onions and garlic. Cauliflower steamed is
very easy to digest. Garlic and onions when
they’re well cooked are great for killing
off bad bacteria in the gut, and also have
immune boosting benefits.
The other group of foods is going to be foods
that nourish the spleen and that is especially
going to be squashes. Things like butternut
squash, sweet potatoes in some instances,
acorn squash, spaghetti squash, but doing
squash is very nourishing to the spleen and
to the colon as well. And then in general
doing a lot of bone broth soup. Bone broth
contains amino acids, proline and glycine,
which make up collagen which helps to repair
and heal the intestinal lining. So bone broth
should be the number one super food you consume
to help heal IBS.
On an IBS diet, the perfect meal is where
you get out a Crock Pot, you put in some organic
meat, whether that’s beef or chicken. Then
you’re going to add in bones, you’re going
to do the broth itself along with the organic
meat and then also vegetables, things like
squash in there, celery and carrots are great.
Onions are great in there. But doing a bone
broth soup for most of your meals is one of
the fastest ways to help you heal from IBS
and a great part of an IBS diet.
Step 3 in healing IBS is taking the right
supplements. I recommend number one, to get
a quality probiotic supplement into your diet
and the problem is 90% of most probiotic supplements
today are dead by the time you take them.
So take a live probiotic supplement. They
contain several things. Number one, again
good quality probiotics like lactobacillus
plantarum, but also soil-based organisms like
bacillus subtilis and have other foods that
actually support the growth of bacteria like
medicinal mushrooms and spirulina or chlorella
which have cyanobacteria, other good forms
of probiotics. So again, number one, probiotic
supplement in terms of supplements.
Also taking L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an
amino acid that really protects and helps
nourish the gut lining. Also, frankincense
or frankincense essential oil helps reduce
inflammation and is fantastic for the gut
and the digestive enzymes, taking those with
meals. Digestive enzymes will help you break
down your food, so it’s easier to digest.
And last but not least when it comes to the
IBS diet and natural treatment plan, is you
really want to focus on reducing stress. I
would schedule three things in your day every
day to reduce stress. I would take a long
walk out in nature. I would spend time either
reading a spiritual growth book or meditating
or in prayer.
And then the third thing I would do is take
a detox bath at night. And that healing or
detox bath, you do one cup of Epsom salt and
20 drops of an essential oil like lavender
or chamomile and you soak at night for 20
minutes in the evening, and I’m telling you,
that can really reduce stress.
In the morning, wake up and spend some time
in prayer, meditation or reading a spiritual
growth book, maybe go for a walk then. Right
around lunch, go for another walk in nature
as well. And in the evening, wind down by
taking a healing and detox bath. Again, I’ve
worked with thousands of patients with IBS
and help them lay out this IBS diet. I know
that it can absolutely help you. And if you
want to learn more about natural treatments
for IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, go and
check out my website,, and you’re
going to find more great information on there
as well.
Hey guys, this has been Dr. Axe talking about
the IBS diet and natural treatments for irritable
bowel syndrome.

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