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IBS management according to a Nutritional Therapist
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects around 15% of people in the western world. This condition can be managed relatively effectively with the correct dietary interventions. Read more

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A breathing exercise to help with IBS
One of the factors that can trigger IBS is stress. Regular meditation (ideally daily) can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, moving you into a 'rest and digest' rather than 'fight... Read more

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Garlic for Gut Health
For those suffering with IBS, foods such as onions and garlic are stimulants for the gut and can be problematic. Onions and garlic include fructans which can be malabsorbed into the small... Read more

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How to reduce post meal tummy aches by slowing down and mindfully eating
"I am eating" If you can't get your head around the whole 'mindfulness' trend, let alone mindfulness eating.. try this simple affirmation before and/ or as you eat. It is so easy for us to get... Read more

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Mindful Fuel
When we experience IBS, stomach pain and indigestion we can often blame it on the specific food we have eaten but more often than not it is related to the how, why and when we eat more than WHAT we... Read more

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You may need a low-FODMAP diet
Bloating can be a painful and uncomfortable symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Please first make sure that you exclude all other related issues by visiting your GP, doctor and/or... Read more

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peppermint oil
A cross between watermint and spearmint, the peppermint plant has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It is thought to have the ability to relieve some gastrointestinal problems by... Read more

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Fiber, Fiber, Fiber
Fiber certainly helps to reduce constipation but it can worsen other IBS symptoms like gas. My advice is experiment with the amount of fiber you introduce into your diet to see which is the right... Read more

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Give up Gum
Stop chewing gum! A lot of chewing gum brands contain the sweeteners sorbitol and mannitol, which your body finds it very difficult to digest. When they eventually are digested they will increase... Read more

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Manage your stress
Manage your stress! Anxiety is a risk factor in developing IBS and may also cause your symptoms to persist, due to the complicated and close relationship between your brain and your gut. Before... Read more

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Taking control of IBS
Are you the 1 in 5 that suffers from IBS? If so, you are probably well aware of the symptoms it can cause including abdominal pain, boating and altered bowel habit (including diarrhoea and/or... Read more

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working out
Exercise is tried and true for many to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety, especially when it is done consistently. Anything that relieves stress can help with bowel discomfort by stimulating... Read more

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How Yoga can help with iBS
Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation – all of these can be exacerbated by stress. So if you stress less, you'll suffer less. Yoga, like any physical exercise, can ease constipation, IBS... Read more

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How to help IBS naturally
IBS is a massive topic area, and so many people have IBS for different reasons. However let's make this simple and cover a few tips you could incorporate before you look into your situation further... Read more

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peppermint tea
Mint is one of the oldest of herbs. It was used by the ancient Assyrians, and was common to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who recognized its pain-killing properties. Menthol and methyl salicylate... Read more

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Ditch the cold water
Ditching the cold water has helped my tummy enormously. As tempting as it might be to have an icy cold glass of water to hydrate, more often than not this can actually exacerbate any existing... Read more

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Keep a diary
Keep a diary with you and record in it when you notice a flare-up of your IBS symptoms. This way you can pinpoint any particular stressors that keep causing you to feel ill; for example, if your... Read more

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How Chinese Medicine could help calm your IBS
Why does stress give me IBS? Digestion is reduced during periods of stress, because the body uses as much energy as possible to solve the current problem – diverting circulation away from vital... Read more

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