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Irritable bowel syndrome

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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.

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