Relief for IBS

Why turmeric could help soothe symptoms

Around one in five of us suffer IBS symptoms, such as severe abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea or alternating bouts of diarrhoea and constipation, according to the British Digestive Foundation at some time or another. This can be seriously debilitating and if you also suffer from excessive wind even going out can become a problem.

The exact cause of IBS remains a mystery and while the search for a cure continues it is best to concentrate on soothing symptoms and finding the right way of managing the condition that works best for you. And this is where the herb turmeric can lend a helping hand. Best known for spicing up curries, it has been shown to strengthen digestion as well as help soothe typical IBS symptoms mentioned above.

Turmeric is one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies and has been used for thousands of years in Indian and Chinese medicine as a digestive, circulatory and respiratory stimulant. It can help soothe and relieve stomach cramps and bloating. The natural components of turmeric are one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories and although a daily curry is no hardship, it’s simpler and you get a more accurate dose by taking a standardised extract of turmeric in tablet form.

HELP YOURSELF

  • Drinking a glass of warm water first thing in the morning will help clean out bowel mucus.
  • Your tummy needs fluids to digest food properly. Drink liquids around half an hour before eating or one hour after.
  • Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly.
  • Try to eat fruits by themselves, as they tend to digest faster than other foods. Eating them with protein foods such as meat, or carbohydrates such as potatoes or pasta, causes fermentation in your gut, which can lead to bloating.
  • Avoid alcohol. It can make bloating worse.
  • Reduce salt intake. Instead, flavour food with lemon juice, herbs and spices.
  • Cut down on dairy products, nuts and spicy foods that can cause intestinal wind.

Turmeric can be found in Turmeric Xtra

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