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The Best Soothing Natural Remedies For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Sravia Sivaram

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually accompanied with conditions such as abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, flatulence, mucus in the stool, food intolerance, sudden weight loss, constipation or diarrhoea.

In most of the cases, simple lifestyle and dietary changes can bring about a huge relief from this condition. Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet over a period of time will help decrease its symptoms effectively.

Further, you need to make sure that you keep off from foods like spicy foods, oily foods, alcohol, chocolate, and decaffeinated beverages like coffee and sodas.

If gas buildup is the problem, then you need to avoid foods that can aggravate this condition. Foods like beans, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli have to be avoided completely

You must also be careful not to skip your meals and have them at regular intervals in small portions. This will help regulate the bowel function.

Further, you also need to take care of your intake of dairy products. If this is the primary reason for your bowel condition, then you have to keep a tab on this.

In this article, we have listed some of the best natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome. So, continue reading in order to find out the best home remedy to soothe the condition of IBS.


1. Flax Seeds:

A spoon of flax seeds serve up nearly three grams of belly-filling fibre for just 55 calories. They are also rich sources of omega-3 fats and adding them to your salad dressing will help treat the condition of IBS.


2. Almonds:

One ounce of this nut contains 3.5 grams of fibre. Almonds are also a good source of magnesium and iron. Hence incorporating these into your diet will be the best thing you'd do for your body. This is one of the best natural remedy for IBS.


3. Fresh Figs:

Figs are good sources of fibre and adding them to your diet will provide you with good loads of IBS-fighting fibre. This can be your go-to snack that can also satisfy your sweet tooth.


4. Oats:

Oats are also a good source of gut-friendly fibre. One cup of oats delivers 16 grams of fibre that can feed the healthy gut bacteria. Oats also contain an anti-inflammatory compound called avenanthramide, which when combined with beta-glucan can help fight heart disease and diabetes as well. This is one of the best natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome.


5. Blackberries:

These are rich in antioxidants and one cup is packed with 7.6 grams of fibre. This will help your gut to produce butyrate, a fatty acid that can reduce the inflammation in the body and also avoid bloating.


6. Blueberries:

These are high in their fibre content and help avoid all the digestive discomfort. One cup provides 4 grams of fibre and hence these help prevent all the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.


7. Shredded Coconut:

Four spoons of this can give you 2.6 grams of fibre. It is also filled with medium-chain saturated fatty acids called lauric acid that soothes inflammation and fights bad bacteria.


8. Sunflower Seeds:

A quarter cup of sunflower seeds contain 200 calories and 3 grams of fibre. It also contains magnesium that helps boost lipysis, a process by which the body releases fat from its stores.


9. Bananas:

One medium-sized banana contains 105 calories and 3 grams of fibre. It is a good source of prebiotic fibre that feeds the good bacteria in the gut and also improves digestion. This is one of the best home remedies for IBS.


10. Cocoa Powder:

The unprocessed form of cocoa powder is a great way to fight IBS. Mix two spoons of cocoa powder with hot water and this provides 4 grams of fibre. Go for cocoa powder that hasn't undergone alkalization, which is a process that strips off the health benefits of a cocoa bean.


11. Avocado:

Avocado contains monounsaturated fat content that makes it a dietary champion. It contains 4.6 grams of fibre and is a great option for those suffering from IBS. It is considered to be one of the best natural remedies for IBS.


12. Greek Yogurt:

This is known to do good for your gut health. It contains live action cultures that do good to your belly and also help keep off IBS symptoms at bay. This is also confirmed in the study 'Tolerance And Absorption Of Lactose From Milk And Yogurt During Short-Bowel Syndrome In Humans'.


13. Green Peas:

Green peas produces lactic acid that protects the mucosal barrier, which is the body's second skin that runs through the digestive tract. It is also the first-line of defense against bad bugs and toxins and thereby green peas is a natural remedy to treat the symptoms of IBS.

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Story first published: Monday, May 22, 2017, 18:00 [IST]