Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to IBS

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irritable-bowel-syndromeIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and is characterized by abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea, mucus in the stool, gas, and nausea. Individuals with IBS also tend to have mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping. The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms seem to correlate with psychological factors.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Uncomfortable signs and symptoms are:

Cramping
 Abdominal pain
 Gas
 Nausea
 Bloating
 Diarrhea
 Constipation
 Pain
 Fatigue
 Mucus in stool

Holistic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

At Village Green Apothecary, our trained nutritionists can work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They can help to discover the root cause of your IBS and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They can also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you. Natural treatments for IBS include increasing fiber intake, avoiding refined sugar, processed foods, and foods that you may be allergic or sensitive to, stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and taking nutritional supplements to support gastrointestinal health. 

Two supplements that are beneficial for those that suffer with IBS are probiotics and glutamine.

Beneficial bacteria are critical to a healthy digestive and immune system. This high potency probiotic blend is recommended when advanced support is needed (antibiotic use, travel, troublesome digestion). Pathway 35 Billion Probiotic features 8 strains of beneficial bacteria that are stabilized using a patented system that provides shelf stability at normal room temperature (no refrigeration necessary). In addition, the bacteria are designed to survive stomach acid secretions during digestion therefore eliminating the need to be enteric coated.

Glutamine is an amino acid that plays an important role in digestive health by nourishing the cells that line the intestine and the stomach. Glutamine is also responsible for keeping muscles functioning normally and for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Please contact Village Green Apothecary for more information about IBS and what can be done to help.

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