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Which supplements for IBS?

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Created January 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hi! I really want to improve my health since I struggle with an awful IBS and migraine, but paleo didn't make alot of a change. I have absolutely no idea about supps, but i take fish oil for more omega3 and some probiotics that my doctor gave me. Is there anything that would work good and does not harm the body? Like..magnesium, calcium or any vitamins? :)

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:39 PM

I second the bentonite clay.

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:24 PM

so it's only avoiding rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes? that's what i'm doing anyways :(

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on January 26, 2013
at 12:14 PM

SCD is the same as Paleo except starchy veggies of all kind are excluded. The thinking is these veggies are fermented in the intestinal tract, exacerbating problems for those with IBS/IBD. For folks with healthy digestive tracts I should think there is no need for this, hence Paleo is good enough. And so SCD does restrict the amount of carbohydrates, only the types of carbohydrates.

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on January 25, 2013
at 05:06 PM

i don't really get the scd thing. is it just paleo with less carbs? because all i eat actually are veggies, fish, some fruits and nuts.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:11 PM

oh ok. i make mine using homemade coconut milk and it works great! i have to add a pack of gelatin to it so it gets thick, but it tastes awesome and has no lactose in it. it has helped A LOT with my cramping and diarrhea. i would definitely consider it.

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:59 PM

no, i'm never constipated but i have diarrhea, i don't think fiber is a good thing for me?

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:58 PM

if i drank water in the morning my diarhea would double :/

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:58 PM

i canÄt eat yoghurt at att (though i love it). i have diarrhea and cramps :(

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on January 24, 2013
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are you eating enough fiber? good article to read about IBS: http://www.renewlife.com/learning-center/digestive-conditions/treatment-of-ibs-symptoms

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:56 PM

Most people (with and without IBS) take magnesium just because our soils are very deficient in it, so yes, you can/should take magnesium.

There's some controversy about calcium and whether or not it's actually necessary to supplement with. But keep in mind magnesium and calcium have antagonistic effects; meaning calcium is probably better for those who have diarrhea on IBS and magnesium is good for those with constipation. A 2:1 cal:mag ratio is probably good.

For IBS, the first thing thing that came to mind are probiotics, which you already say you take. Probiotics are also present in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir. Something else to consider are prebiotics, which when taken in conjunction with probiotics encourages the growth of the bacteria. But there's some debate about whether or not prebiotics actually help. Eating soluble fiber foods definitely wouldn't hurt though.

I'd also recommend taking digestive enzymes before a meal.

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:49 PM

Bluekitty, can you have cheese? Contrary to popular Paleo wisdom, if you can tolerate it it might help IBS-D. I'm almost healed from a period of punching holes in my gut (which was diagnosed as IBS-D), and cheese is renowned for, um, inducing constipation to some extent.

I'd suggest really giving your digestion a break and eating only meat, eggs, fats, some fruit juice, maybe nut milks, and very very well-cooked vegetables (pureed, ideally) for a while. Weeks. Make a bunch of bone broth during this time. And THEN, start to take some probiotics.

The thing is, though, if you don't know why you're having IBS, it will be hard to prevent it from coming back. This is what happened with me, took me ages to figure it out. All the probiotics in the world will not help if you're continuing to irritate your gut. In most cases, though, I would suggest:

-bone broth (I definitely saw benefits) -glutamine (hard to say, but I'm pretty sure I did see benefits) -bentonite (definitely) -calcium, (if you're not eating dairy) and zinc. I didn't especially notice any benefits from these, but my unbelievably extensive research has yielded a fair amount of positive research on these. And I was taking them at the same time as everything else.

Again, though, might not help as much if you don't know what the source of your IBS is.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:48 PM

I have (had) anal fissures, IBS, etc.

For me, intermittent fasting, dr. Ohhiras probiotics, wakame seaweed, bentonite clay, and oregano oil helped a ton.

Run 4 drops 3x a day of strong oregano oil for 6 weeks. Take bentonite while on the intermittent fast every morning and again before breaking the fast.

Stop the oil and clay, as start hitting the dr. Ohhiras with a vengeance.

Eat paleo.

Done.

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:39 PM

I second the bentonite clay.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:34 PM

I have these problems too. Magnesium imbalance is definitely associated with IBS and migraine. I don't tolerate oral Mg supplements, so I use Mg oil. Serotonin imbalance causes my migraines, and my susceptibility to serotonin deficiency seems to have improved since I figured out the Mg issue. However, it's not gone, and I still supplement with 5-HTP (an intermediate metabolite in the synthesis of serotonin from tryptophan), which eliminates the migraines I've had (approximately weekly on average) throughout my life. Some people get migraines due to excess serotonin, and a natural supplement for these people is butterbur. Buyer beware, though - I tried butterbur before 5-HTP, and it pretty much removed my will to live for several miserable days.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:17 PM

The first thing you should do is get your vitamin D level up around 70-80. Supplementation of vitamin d enabled me to go off medication 5 years ago for crohns which I've had for 30 years.

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:03 PM

For IBS-D I think the best approach is:

  • do the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), and be very strict about. It has worked wonders for me, albeit the first few weeks were rather turbulent. On a related note, consume the minimum amount of carbohydates you are comfortable with. With SCD fruits will become your primary carbohydrate source. Try to go easy on them.

  • see an GI doctor. Get tested for H. pylori, celiac disease and maybe get a stool sample done.

  • read Perfect Health Diet and go with the recommended supplements. Not sure if they would help your IBS but you are probably deficient in vitamins/minerals due to the IBS-D.

  • and be both persistent and patient.

_Lazza

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on January 26, 2013
at 12:14 PM

SCD is the same as Paleo except starchy veggies of all kind are excluded. The thinking is these veggies are fermented in the intestinal tract, exacerbating problems for those with IBS/IBD. For folks with healthy digestive tracts I should think there is no need for this, hence Paleo is good enough. And so SCD does restrict the amount of carbohydrates, only the types of carbohydrates.

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on January 25, 2013
at 05:06 PM

i don't really get the scd thing. is it just paleo with less carbs? because all i eat actually are veggies, fish, some fruits and nuts.

006f2e9b763058ff2332681c206563e4

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:24 PM

so it's only avoiding rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes? that's what i'm doing anyways :(

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on January 24, 2013
at 09:48 PM

For IBS-D the best thing to do is a food diary. I double the calcium opinion, the magnesium you might not need so much up. You want to avoid anything that will cause an osmotic effect in your bowels. Anything probiotic too. I have IBS-C so I am on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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on January 23, 2013
at 11:55 PM

Raw honey - room temp - in a glass of room temp water every morning is a good tonic for the digestive system. Also acupuncture does work wonders with IBS. For full disclosure I am an acupuncturist but I also suffered from IBS in my 20's and I know it works. IBS is often the emotional/stress issues wreaking havoc on the digestive system.

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:58 PM

if i drank water in the morning my diarhea would double :/

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on January 23, 2013
at 10:22 PM

the best thing i have found is probiotic foods, mainly SCD yogurt. it's fermented over a 24 hour period. i also like kombucha and sauerkraut.

what kind of symptoms are you having?

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on January 24, 2013
at 10:11 PM

oh ok. i make mine using homemade coconut milk and it works great! i have to add a pack of gelatin to it so it gets thick, but it tastes awesome and has no lactose in it. it has helped A LOT with my cramping and diarrhea. i would definitely consider it.

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on January 24, 2013
at 01:58 PM

i canÄt eat yoghurt at att (though i love it). i have diarrhea and cramps :(

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