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Old 04-30-2007, 02:36 PM   #1
Jaime Steele
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Hey guys
Does anyone have any good cures/treatment for IBS? My fiancee gets it a lot when running. She has tried peppermint oil that helps a little bit. Also tired cutting out diary, carbs, coffee etc.

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:58 PM   #2
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Tried Gluten free?
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:56 PM   #3
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Chamomile is a good digestive system anti-inflammatory and is also a good nervine to start with. I've had friends use slippery elm tea with good results.

Cutting out gluten (as mentioned), caffeine and fruit may help.

I know some Chinese botanical meds and some homeopathic remedies that might be useful, but not sure exactly what you're looking for.

IBS is often stress-based, so any kind of stress relief (meditation, stretching, listening to Enya, etc.) can be helpful.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:33 PM   #4
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My wife was taking flax seed oil and had no problems until she had to quit using them due to being pregnant. She noticed a difference as soon as she quit. Prune juice, a cigarette (rare, and not when pregnant)or a cup of coffee can "loosen you up" too.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:43 AM   #5
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I remember when I used to smoke, that first cigarette of the day would always yield results. :blush:

If she has already cut out dairy, carbs and coffee, she may want to look at cutting out yeast forming products. IBS has been linked to Candida in some instances. Have a look at this:

http://www.ctds.info/ibs_treatment.html (safe)
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:28 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for the advice - there is loads here to go on. I'll pass on the info, try the suggestions and I'll let you know the results.

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Old 05-01-2007, 05:54 AM   #7
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No gluten.

9.5 hours of sleep a night.

Loading dose and maintenance protocol of probiotics (I recommend Essential Formula's Professional Formula).

I always test for heavy metals in gut and suspected fungal issues.

If you'd like any more advice or help on what I mentioned above, feel free to PM me or call my office.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:38 AM   #8
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My understanding with IBS, as my wife used to suffer from it.

Stress is the key. Anything you can do to reduce stress will help. I am sure there are other factor, but stress is a big one.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:22 AM   #9
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Guys thanks do much for all the info - I'm new to Crossfit and have been telling my fiancee all about it and how helpful everyone is on the forum to get her into it. I showed her the posts and it's blown her away - another Crossfit convert!
Garrett - I'll definately be in touch - thanks for the kind offer. I had a look at your site and it looks great.

Thanks again

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Old 05-07-2007, 06:14 AM   #10
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Jaime

I suffer from IBS and to echo the above, stress is a big one for me. I am a LEO; shift work and the stresses that come from fighting scum day in, day out takes its toll. However, I have been Prosecuting for the last couple of years and that has me working 8am-4pm Monday to Friday. I have noticed a huge difference in my symptoms.

Another thing to watch out for is artificial sweeteners. They played havoc with my digestive system until I sussed out they were bad news.

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