I have had IBS for about 10 years and I have tried everything. I mean everything! There is not much research, studies or evidence that pinpoint the cause of IBS, nor the symptoms. If you do a quick google search, you will find everything from stress and anxiety to certain foods to your heritage. I am still trying to pinpoint the foods that cause a flair up but I will tell you that I notice extra bloating when I am stressed. I believe the cause and symptoms for IBS are different with everyone. For me, I struggle with bloating, gas and constipation. Here are a few of items in my IBS toolkit that have proven to help:
Magnesium can reduce constipation which is my least favorite symptom of IBS. Constipation usually = bloating but with adding a magnesium supplement, you can relax your gastrointestinal tract which helps with normal movements. The supplement I take with every meal is linked above.
Probiotic supplements can help improve the bacterial environment in the gut, which can help reduce symptoms of gas and bloating. Quality is key here. Best to get 50 million and above.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps slow the digestion of starch which is the cause in blood sugar spikes after meals. Bragg’s has always been my favorite. Just take a shot 30 minutes before a meal and it does wonders.
Ginger increases the speed at which food empties from the stomach into the intestines, helping with indigestion, bloating, and gas. Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatories and high in antioxidants. You can try tea, oils or spices. My favorite oil is linked above.
Stress is a huge culprit of IBS and bloating. Studies have proven lavender can reduce stress and anxiety for patients and is known to be soothing and helpful for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. I use oils on my temples, wrists and behind my neck.
Yoga is amazing at reducing stress and there are even certain poses that aid in digestion and bloating. Make sure and get a non-slip mat so you can practice hot yoga.