April is IBS Awareness Month, and all month long healthcare providers and communities nationwide will be working together to help raise awareness about irritable bowel syndrome, how it is diagnosed, and how to improve the quality of life for those suffering from the condition. If you or someone you know is living with IBS, here are 8 helpful tips for supporting bowel health:
- Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber supports healthy digestive function by helping to absorb and eliminate toxins in the colon that may aggravate IBS symptoms.* Good sources are fruit, non-starchy veggies, whole grains, legumes and nuts, along with a daily fiber supplement.*
- Limit fried and fatty foods. Fried foods and certain fatty meats may contribute to IBS. Try to consume these types of foods in moderation.
- Cut back on caffeine. Highly caffeinated foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, soda and chocolate) have been shown to worsen IBS symptoms.
- Avoid foods high in sulfur. Some foods that are healthy—including veggies such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, and broccoli—are high in sulfur and may actually trigger IBS symptoms.
- Don’t rule out food sensitivity. IBS symptoms may stem from an underlying food sensitivity; the two most common are gluten and dairy. A modified diet may help improve IBS symptoms in some people.
- Be kind to your digestive tract. Herbs such as marshmallow root and ginger root, along with the amino acid L-glutamine, all found in our IntestiNew™ formula, help nourish and soothe the intestinal tract and bowel.*
- Promote balance with probiotics. Eating more probiotic foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement supports a balanced internal environment to help promote good digestion and bowel health.*
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water (at least half your body weight in ounces every day) helps flush out toxins and other harmful microbes that may be causing IBS symptoms.