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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Symptoms may come and go, but when you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), your life pretty much revolves around the bathroom (any bathroom). You might have diarrhea, constipation, or both—along with stomach cramps, pain, bloating, and fatigue. Fun stuff, right? While there’s no test to diagnose IBS, it's important that your practitioner makes sure you don't actually have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although they sound similar and share many symptoms, IBD is a more serious condition and requires different treatment. To sort it all out, your practitioner will likely do lab tests (including one for gluten intolerance), order stool studies to check for infection or malabsorption, obtain imaging tests like x-rays or a colonoscopy, and more. If you do get diagnosed with IBS, be aware that stress—along with anxiety and depression—can play a role in flare-ups. So, stress-busting techniques like yoga (especially if you’re prone to diarrhea), hypnotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness can all reduce symptoms or make them feel more manageable. Probiotics may improve symptoms by altering the gut bacteria, so talk to a nutritionist about which strain (aka type) might be right for you. Peppermint oil capsules can also be helpful, and there are medications to address your symptoms and pain. While more research is needed, especially on its long-term effects on your gut bacteria, a gluten-free diet can’t hurt and may help your IBS symptoms. Also talk to your practitioner about the benefits of a low-FODMAP diet (eliminating foods like certain grains, veggies, fruits, and dairy products that have carbohydrates you may be sensitive to) or, if your symptoms include bloating or gas, about whether it might help to cut out foods that trigger gas (carbonated drinks, alcohol, caffeine, raw fruit, and veggies like cabbage and broccoli). And finally, we’re health nerds, so we think this is more “cool” than “ew”: there's a lot of buzz about fecal transplants for IBS, which involves transferring stool from someone with a healthy GI system via colonoscopy. Right now, this treatment isn’t recommended for IBS sufferers, but stay tuned—it may be an option in the future if research shows it’s effective. You learn new things every day, right?

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Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain

Following the success of the bestselling Clean Gut and Wheat Belly comes this essential guide to improving digestive health from an expert in functional medicine—who reveals why everything that ails us, from fatigue to weight gain to bloating and bad skin, can be traced back to the gut, and shares his cleansing plan to help us reclaim our health. Dr. Vincent Pedre understands gut problems firsthand. He suffered from IBS for years before becoming an expert in functional medicine and learning how to heal his body from the inside. Dr. Pedre used his own experience to develop The Gut C.A.R.E. Program—an approach that draws from both Western and Eastern methodologies, combining integrative and functional medicine—that has a proven success record in his private practice in New York. Now, for the first time, Dr. Pedre makes his revolutionary plan for health and wellness available to everyone. Happy Gut takes readers step-by-step through Gut C.A.R.E.—Cleanse, Activate, Restore, and Enhance—which eliminates food triggers, clears the gut of unfriendly pathogens, and replaces them with healthy probiotics and nutrients that repair and heal the gut. Rather than masking symptoms with medication, he shows us how to address the problem at its core to restore the gastrointestinal system to its proper functioning state. By fixing problems in the gut, followers of Dr. Pedre’s program have found that their other health woes are also cured and have lost weight, gained energy, and improved seemingly unrelated issues, such as seasonal allergies, in addition to eliminating their chronic muscle and abdominal pain. Complete with recipes and meal plans including gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian options, a 28-day gut cleanse, yoga postures to help digestion, and testimonials from many of his patients, Happy Gut will help you feel better and eliminate gut issues for life.

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Laxiba The IBS Navigator: The Standard for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (The Nutrition Navigator Books) (Volume 1)

Do you suffer from regular abdominal pain, diarrhea or flatulence? IBS affects your whole life: love, work, and spare time, because the symptoms distract you and can even force you not to take part in some activities. You might think I just take a pill to cure it. Not so fast. That is not the right way to treat it. Well, then you may consider using the FODMAP diet. Shame, shame, shame. The basic approach is old fashioned and based on a lack of data, so you should fire a doctor proposing it. What you should do instead is adapt your diet to your sensitivity profile. That is what you will do with this book and what enables you to lower your symptoms reliably while having as much choice as possible. It starts with a proper diagnosis also considering celiac disease and much more. Then it shows you the fitting diet. You receive the state of the art science in an accessible and simple to use way. You find answers to all of your questions concerning the irritable bowel syndrome. The experience of experts and patients from all over the globe enables you to regain your quality of life! Smart: Tolerable serving sizes in kitchen units, and gram, to make cooking, and shopping easy, for more than 1,000 foods based on the best market data. In addition, delicious recipes for your diet. Flexible: Help for various chronical abdominal diseases that cause IBS symptoms, including celiac and Crohn’s disease, fructose, lactose and sorbitol intolerance as well as combinations thereof, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, and diverticulitis. Our cheat sheets make sure you always have the relevant information at hand. Holistic: Advice on how to calm your digestion further by acting on symptom moderators, covering stress and a balanced diet.

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The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders

A diet plan proven to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders—presented by the world’s leading experts and tailored to you “A must-have survival guide”—Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine “What can I do to feel better?” For years, millions of adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have asked this question, often to be met with scientifically unfounded or inadequate advice. The low-FODMAP diet is the long-awaited answer. In clinical trials, over three quarters of people with chronic digestive symptoms gain significant relief by reducing their intake of FODMAPs—difficult-to-digest carbs found in foods such as wheat, milk, beans, soy, and certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, and sweeteners. In The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet, Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson explain what causes digestive distress, how the low-FODMAP diet helps, and how to: • Identify and avoid foods high in FODMAPs • Develop a personalized and sustainable low-FODMAP diet • Shop, menu plan, entertain, travel, and eat out with peace of mind • Follow the program if you have IBS, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or diabetes, and if you eat a vegetarian, vegan, low-fat, or dairy-free diet. And, with 80 delicious low-FODMAP, gluten-free recipes, you can manage your symptoms, feel great, and eat well—for life.

Podcasts about Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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Learn True Health: Healing Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Probiotics, FODMAP, ALCAT test, Science-Based Natural Medicine with Dr Joshua Goldenberg

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that is very curable. Most people often experience this because of bad diet, wrong lifestyle and stress. There are conventional medicines to cure irritable bowel syndrome, but my guest, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, is a staunch advocate of healing IBS through a natural approach. Conventional Background Like a lot of Naturopathic Doctors who came from a Conventional Medicine background, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is no different. He describes himself as a science-minded student who initially planned to get a Ph.D. degree and become a researcher. Dr. Joshua Goldenberg acquired his undergraduate degree in Biology and Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he eventually found work outside Pennsylvania doing molecular work in a laboratory. Soul-searching However, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg wasn’t happy being cooped up in a basement laboratory most of the time. Much as he was fascinated by the science of it all, he felt an intense yearning to do something that allowed him to interact with people. Hence, after deciding not to pursue a Ph.D. degree, he saved enough money and flew to Mexico instead. Travelling around Central America for a year, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg took advantage of this time to figure out what he wanted to do. Ending up in Guatemala, Dr. Goldenberg met this one person who he considered his oracle. He confided in this person that he was passionate about science, but the art was missing. Because of this, that person told him that he should look into going to Bastyr University and become a Naturopath. “I found an internet cafe and researched. It was a marriage of science and the heart,” recalls Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “So I booked a flight home, and within months after touring several other schools, I did end up studying at Bastyr University.” Career Shift Dr. Joshua Goldenberg admits that the first year at Bastyr University was hard but challenging. After graduating from Bastyr University, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg eventually found work as a Naturopath Doctor at a family practice clinic. During his tenure at the clinic, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg noticed that majority of the patients who were treated for healing their gut health had massive changes. Because the response to natural healing was very positive, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg eventually established his clinic which focused on gut health. Probiotics Research Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is likewise a researcher. His papers primarily focus on evidence-based practice, irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, and research methodology. “We statistically combine research studies and find the truth. What blew me away was the findings on Pediatric Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “Twenty percent of kids develop diarrhea. And we studied how to protect the kids’ guts through probiotics. It cuts the risk in half.” He believes that not everyone needs to be taking probiotics since there is a risk to develop blood infection. According to Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, taking probiotics depends on the health situation of the individual. “I saw how powerful natural medicine could be. Personally, I don’t feel we need pills to stay well,” Dr. Goldenberg said. “The goal should be getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, good diet and strengthen spiritual mindset.” Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), is a condition wherein a bacteria stays longer and multiplies in the small intestine. Typically, the stomach muscle and small intestine should be able to push the food from your stomach through the small intestine and into your colon. When this muscle action happens, bacteria are usually swept out of the small intestine. However, when SIBO occurs, we tend to experience symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and cramping. There are some health conditions associated with SIBO, one of them being Crohn’s disease. According to studies, 60 to 70% of patients have SIBO, and contrasting studies are looking into whether antibiotics or probiotics should be used as treatment. However, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg says it can be cured naturally. One way is to avoid fermented foods. Other treatments include taking herbal tinctures or supplements and being conscious of what time you eat. FODMAP Diet FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. It is a collection of short-chain carbohydrates found in certain foods that contribute to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders. A low FODMAP diet is usually recommended to those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. What we eat really does play a big part in healing from IBS naturally. “A low-FODMAP diet comprises specific foods healthy for you. GI doctors are beginning to use it for everything. It is most effective for SIBO and IBS,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “It is also used for many GI complaints. It is a hard diet to do, and it is best to do it with the guidance of a medical professional.” Ongoing Research And Training Researching more about irritable bowel syndrome and gut health is Dr. Joshua Goldenberg’s biggest passion. He believes there’s a massive amount of medical research out there. Hence, it is difficult for doctors to stay updated with the latest stuff. Consequently, educating health care providers, coaches and doctors is the primary reason why Dr. Joshua Goldenberg put up his website. He says his site aims to serve as a vehicle for medical professionals, coaches and healthcare practitioners stay up to date on the best available research. Furthermore, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg says that a lot of research done by outstanding scientists are total garbage. This is because there is a bias between Conventional and Natural medicine. Consequently, there is a need to help providers find studies they can trust. “It is important to find the right studies especially for Integrated Medicine,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “There is a need to be better at evidence-based medicine than their conventional peers. That is why I created this website. It teaches them how to evaluate the research themselves.” Dr. Journal Club Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is a researcher, teacher, registered naturopathic doctor and founder of Dr. Journal Club, LLC. He is most passionate about the interplay of evidence and clinical practice. Dr. Goldenberg is an active researcher with numerous publications in high impact scientific journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and The Cochrane Library. His research focus includes irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, evidence-informed practice, and research methodology. He is currently Research Investigator at the Bastyr University Research Institute and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney. He has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based medicine as well as probiotics and research methodology. His probiotics work has been highlighted by the BBC, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Prevention Magazine, and Fox News. Dr. Goldenberg is a passionate educator and currently is faculty for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine, where he teaches critical evaluation of the literature and evidence-informed practice. He is past adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, his alma mater, in which he enrolled after receiving honors and distinction in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also guest lectures widely. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg focuses on integrative approaches to irritable bowel syndrome as well as other gastrointestinal complaints working in concert with patients’ conventional gastroenterologists. He is the current president of the Gastrointestinal Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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