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Tips for Beating IBS

Aggravated by stress, irritable bowel syndrome may affect 20 percent of Americans, creating symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea. North Carolina-based naturopathic doctor Michael Smith suggests the following natural remedies.

Remedy
Enteric-coated peppermint oil

Why It Works
With its gentle muscle-relaxing action, peppermint oil can relieve the intestinal cramps and gas associated with IBS.

How to Take It
Take one or two enteric-coated capsules three times daily, between meals.

 

Remedy
Slippery elm

Why It Works
Derived from the bark of red elm trees, this herbal remedy coats and calms irritated digestive-tract tissues.

How to Take It
Twice a day, drink with a cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of slippery elm powder and a dash of cinnamon (or a dollop of maple syrup).

 

Remedy
Glutamine

Why It Works
This amino acid helps stimulate intestinal function, lessen inflammation, and nourish the lining of the gut.

How to Take It
Take 3,000 mg in supplement form daily.

 

Remedy
Probiotics

Why It Works
By populating your GI tract with plenty of beneficial bacteria, probiotic supplements help stabilize your digestion. Take one or two enteric-coated capsules three times daily, between meals.

How to Take It
Look for supplements offering 5 to 6 billion Acidophilus and Bifidus bacteria per capsule in your natural-foods store's refrigerated cases. Take two to three times daily with food.

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