Meds are the absolute worst thing to turn to. Meds mask the damage that certain carbs are doing to your body. This is why meds are dangerous for IBS - you take them because they sort of work, so you keep eating food which is inflammatory for you. This is how IBS can escalate to a disease such as inflammatory bowel...
Best answer: Meds are the absolute worst thing to turn to. Meds mask the damage that certain carbs are doing to your body. This is why meds are dangerous for IBS - you take them because they sort of work, so you keep eating food which is inflammatory for you. This is how IBS can escalate to a disease such as inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s. IBS is a warning sign.
IBS isn’t psychosomatic at all. It’s a physical condition and main symptoms are due to bacterial overgrowth but the initial cause could be any number of things. Alcoholic abuse causing damage to the intestinal lining, low level of natural digestive enzymes, intolerance to dietary lectins in antinutrients such as wheat, legumes, dairy and white potato or a combination of these things.
Some of us like myself are more genetically susceptible to antinutrients than others - so we will be more prone to getting IBS. The best way to think of IBS is as a low-level disease.
If you do have a bacterial overgrowth, you will find the following diet works wonders, if you have the willpower to stick with it.
all unprocessed animal meats, seafood and eggs. Low FODMAP salad vegetables: carrots, lettuce, celery, olives, tomato (a nightshade but I’m OK with it), cucumber, avocado. Cooked vegetables: carrots, zucchini, green string beans, silverbeet or bok choi.
This is because bacteria don’t eat much of insoluble fibre. (And neither do you - there’s next to no calories in insoluble fibre). Most vegetables have a mix of both soluble and insoluble fibre. The soluble fibre is the probiotic FODMAPs. The insoluble fibre tends to be the raw salads and low FODMAP vegetables, as above.
If this diet doesn’t work - and you only need to try it for a day or so - I found it works immediately - then you can assume a bacterial imbalance isn’t applicable to you and something else is causing your IBS. The diet is meant to be temporary only. Once the symptoms diminish you then gradually add a FODMAP vegetable, one at a time.
I believe my diet would benefit almost everyone with IBS.
Those who can’t tolerate fibre, because they’re not used to it, should try The Specific Carbohydrate introductory diet which is simply chicken and carrot boiled for 4 hours. The fibre is still here but the long cooking means it’s less abrasive to the colon.
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