There is an old expression in Functional Medicine; ” If you are sitting on a nail, it takes a lot of aspirin to make it feel better.” The follow up to that is ” If you are sitting on two nails, taking out one nail does not make you feel 50% better”. And so it goes with Irritable bowel syndrome.
To feel better we first have to eliminate everything that may be disturbing your intestines, such as NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: aspirin, ibuprophen (Motrin), Naprosyn (Naproxen or Aleve), all over the counter and prescription Mobic, indomethacin and others. This class of drugs can produce significant damage to the lining of the intestine that can look like a colitis or inflammatory bowel disease. They can also produce intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” allowing partially digested food and bacteria to leak into the blood producing immune reactions. We will find other safer pain relievers that don’t cause these effects. Antibiotics can disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in the GI tract. They are not natural remedies for Irritable Bowel syndrome.
We must also eliminate the foods that are the most common offenders causing intestinal problems such as gluten grains, (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, Kamut, triticale), eggs, corn, milk products including cheese, oranges, soy, peanuts, corn fed red meat, soda, alcohol, caffeine, white and brown sugar, honey, corn syrup sweeteners and candy. A long list of food substitutions menus and recipes is given so no one goes hungry. Often by eliminating these foods people will experience a significant decrease in gas and bloating. Of this list the only food that may be a permanent elimination is gluten since there may be a genetic component. The other foods can be added in one at a time after there is good resolution of symptoms.
So taking out all the “nails” is first step of natural remedies for Irritable bowel Syndrome.