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Peppermint Oil may be helpful for IBS Relief

Friday, December 12th, 2008

A number of new articles in major media (including CNN and Washington Post) over the last month have discussed the use of Peppermint Oil for IBS relief, and many readers of the 5 Day Relief program emailed me to ask for my opinion on this.

I like mint. Even before I had full blown IBS, I used mint based herbal medicines for gastic and digestive relief. Whenever I cook for myself (I used to cook every day when I had the condition), I’d always keep mint leaves to sprinkle on my cooking, and it would be wonderful.

I’ve also used peppermint tea to calm my gut down – in my own case, green teas and fruit juices have a more calming effect, but peppermint tea definitely had a positive influence.

So, it makes complete sense to me that peppermint oil would be beneficial for IBS relief. But before I link up to several articles discussing this, I should warn you that peppermint or any other herbal remedy can only provide temporary relief for irritable bowel. It is a lifestyle based condition – so the biggest gains will come from moderating and managing your diet and emotional stress relief (using hypnosis or some other proven stress relief technique).

That being said – here are some articles about how peppermint oil may be useful for IBS

Foods for IBS

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

IBS Diet -The 7 Principles of Eating for an Irritable Bowel or Sensitive Stomach

There are many theories and diet programs that have been proposed for Irritable Bowel. In this article I’ll examine the main ones accepted by the medical community, and then share what has worked for me in my 5 years of my own work with this condition.

And you’ll find the 7 simple, actionable principles for IBS diet that you can implement right away – including trigger foods for ibs, the acid alkanline balance, soluble fibers and many more gems. Let’s get started with Principle 1.

Principle 1 – There is no right or wrong food for IBS

Principle 1 can be a bit disappointing for most IBS patients. After all, you’ve probably come to this site looking for immediate information on how to feel better (and you’ll find that information lower down on this page). But you need to read the disclaimer first – The truth is that every digestive system is unique.

And everybody’s condition is unique. So, what may have worked for others may not work for you. On the other hand, what works for you may not work for others.

In this article, and the book you may choose to buy, I’ll share some of the common foods and recipes that have been known to work. But the key thing in looking for the right diet with Irritable Bowel is to do this with a sense of experimentation. Track your diet and see what works for you, under what condition. (more…)

IBS Solution and Treatment Plans

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

How to treat a tired, sick Irritable Bowel

Irritable Bowel is a difficult chronic condition that significantly reduces the quality of the patient’s life.Unfortunately, the medical community is yet to come up with a medical or drug treatment that is known to work.

Here is what we do know about IBS:

  • It is chronic
  • It is aggravated by stress
  • It is affected by the diet
  • Some symptoms can temporarily subside with medicines or supplements

How to find the IBS Solution

Here are some accepted guidelines for controlling and managing your IBS symptoms:

  • Watch what you eat very carefully. Certain kinds of foods aggravate IBS and others are more conducive to your body. This website has an entire article on IBS diet – click here to read it.
  • Stress is a big trigger from IBS. Relaxation techniques like hypnotherapy, guided meditation and daily exercise have been shown to help patients.
  • Maintain a more relaxed lifestyle – wherever possible allow yourself several periods of day where you can eat in peace (possibly even cook yourself) and have stress relief.
  • Track your diet and the effect different foods have on you. Planning and tracking your diet can have a huge result on how you feel.
  • By the way, I’ve covered these and all other known treatments of Irritable Bowel in my new book – Goodbye IBS! You can learn more about the IBS treatment book here or buy it here.