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Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million Americans every day. Although its cause is still unknown, many experts believe the symptoms of IBS—which include abdominal pain and bloating along with diarrhea, constipation or both—are closely linked to the interaction between the gut, brain, and central nervous system. (It’s possible the nerves along the gut alter normal pain perception so that the bowel becomes oversensitive to normal stimuli.)

Most IBS sufferers are adults, and 2 in every 3 are female, but the disorder can affect all people of all ages. Still, few people seek treatment from a doctor for their symptoms, and as a result many cases of IBS remain undiagnosed. If you or someone you know is living with IBS, here are 9 natural solutions to help you take the first steps toward better bowel health.

  1. Add More Fiber. In addition to its role in heart health and weight management, fiber supports healthy digestive function by helping to absorb and eliminate toxins in the colon that may contribute to IBS symptoms.
  2. Limit Fatty Foods. Eating foods that are high in fat such as fried foods and certain meats may contribute to IBS. Be sure to consume these types of foods in moderation.
  3. Cut Back on Caffeine. Highly caffeinated foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, soda and chocolate) have been shown to worsen IBS symptoms.
  4. Avoid Foods High in Sulfur. Some foods that are healthy—including vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, onions and broccoli—are high in sulfur and may actually trigger IBS symptoms. Opt for low-sulfur veggies such as carrots or green beans.
  5. You May Have a Food Sensitivity. Some people have IBS because they are dealing with an underlying food sensitivity. Gluten and dairy are the two most common foods to which a sensitivity may develop. A gluten-free diet, dairy-free diet, or both can help to improve IBS symptoms in these people.
  6. Show Your Digestive Tract a Little TLC. Many herbs and nutraceuticals such as marshmallow root, slippery elm, and the amino acid L-glutamine can help nourish and soothe the intestinal tract and bowel.
  7. Balance with Probiotics. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the gut that work to maintain a balanced internal environment and promote optimal digestion and immune health.
  8. Drink Plenty of Water. Drinking plenty of water (at least half your body weight in ounces every day) will help flush out toxins and other harmful microbes that may be causing IBS symptoms.
  9. Try Colon Hydrotherapy. IBS sufferers—especially those with severe symptoms—may find that natural colon hydrotherapy can help cleanse the system and improve digestive health and elimination.

Check it Out: A New IBS Information App!
The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), responsible for establishing IBS Awareness Month more than a decade ago, just launched a new mobile app to help people learn more about IBS, its symptoms and treatment options. The free app is called IBS Info and offers real-time information from experts in the gastrointestinal field to promote awareness and education about irritable bowel syndrome. It is currently available for use on iOS and Android platforms.

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Everyday stress can take a toll on your heart—so much so that many experts consider stress as important a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. As we wrap up American Heart Month, here are 10 tips for reducing daily stress. Be sure to pass them along!

  1. Eat Mindfully. Consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, nuts and seeds. Avoid grain-based, refined, and starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Eat slowly, and try to avoid eating while doing any other activity.
  2. Get Physical. Exercise releases endorphins (the body’s euphoric neurotransmitters) and helps balance the stress response. Find an activity you like and get moving!
  3. Embrace a Stress-relieving Activity. Whether you enjoy yoga, tai chi, massage, breathing, relaxation or another activity that eases stress, find time to do it regularly.
  4. Balance Your Gut. Support optimal digestion and overall health with probiotics to help restore digestive balance.‡
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep. Lack of sleep is often the result of stress, but it also contributes to stress, creating a vicious cycle. Most people need at least 7 to 8 hours nightly so the body can function optimally.
  6. Boost Your Omega-3 Intake. Take a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement to increase the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio and promote heart health.‡
  7. Bring on the Fiber. If you are not consuming at least 35 grams of fiber daily to promote regular elimination and digestive balance, consider a fiber supplement.
  8. Enzymes with Every Meal. Stress takes a toll on our insides. Natural digestive enzymes (with or without HCl, depending on your needs) help relieve digestive symptoms.‡
  9. Don’t Forget the D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of heart disease, especially in people with high blood pressure. Optimize your vitamin D level at 50 to 70 ng/mL.
  10. Build a Support System. A good support system goes a long way toward tackling everyday stress, and having someone to talk to is one of the most important ways to relieve stress.

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