The most widely used physician recommended approaches to managing IBS are:
Physicians often recommend gradually increasing fiber intake, starting with 2-3 grams per day. Fiber may reduce the constipation caused by IBS, because it makes the stool softer and easier to pass. Fiber is found in foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
Physicians may also recommend exclusionary IBS diets such as excluding or reducing high fat foods, sugars, lactose, fructose, caffeine and alcohol.
Physicians may recommend common stress management tools including regular exercise, taking time to relax and getting an adequate amount of sleep every night.
Physicians may either prescribe medications or recommend over-the-counter products to manage IBS. Commonly prescribed and recommended products can include laxatives, anti-diarrheals and antispasmodics. Almost all currently offered medications can have side effects, so always consult a physician for any resulting side effects, or if the product is not providing relief from symptoms.
Physicians now increasingly recommend IBgard, a medical food specially formulated for the dietary management of IBS. IBgard capsules contain individually triple-coated, sustained-release microspheres of Ultramen®, an ultrapurified peppermint oil, along with fiber and amino acids. IBgard has been shown in a peer reviewed publication, to be effective in managing IBS symptoms. §1
1 Cash, Brooks D., Michael S. Epstein, and Syed M. Shah. 2016. “A Novel Delivery System of Peppermint Oil Is an Effective Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences 61 (2). Springer US: 560–71. doi:10.1007/s10620-015-3858-7.
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