IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

ESSENTIAL OILS

Ginger. Shown to have gastro-protective properties that aid intestinal issues.140

Peppermint. Proven to ease symptoms of IBS and provide relief.

Fennel. May have a relaxing effect on the body.

Roman Chamomile. Promotes relaxation and may reduce intestinal gas and bloating.

Research
Peppermint oil taken internally in capsule form has been proven to be effective at naturally addressing IBS. One study found a 50 percent reduction in IBS symptoms with 75 percent of patients who took peppermint capsules.

Home Remedy
IBS Ease. Add 1 drop each of fennel, ginger and peppermint oils to water three times daily, or rub the mixture over your abdomen twice daily.

Background
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder causing pain and bloating in the gut, gas, diarrhea and constipation. The amount of people who now struggle with some form of IBS is a shocking 60 million people— that’s 20 percent of Americans. IBS affects about twice as many women as men and most often occurs in people younger than age 45. Some of the primary causes of IBS include a low fiber diet, food allergies, gluten, dairy, nutritional deficiencies, emotional stress, leaky gut and poor lifestyle choices such as the use of drugs or alcohol. Non- GI conditions that people with IBS often have include chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety and chronic pelvic pain. The good news is you can help IBS symptoms naturally through diet, lifestyle changes and natural remedies.

Suggested Supplements

» Probiotics. Can help re- colonize the gut with healthy bacteria. Take 50 to 100 billion CFU daily.

» Digestive Enzymes. Help with nutrient absorption. Take two before each meal.

» Bone Broth Protein and Collagen Powder. Contain collagen, which helps repair the gut lining and supports digestion.