5 Key Strategies for Managing IBS

Here are the top 5 ways to prevent IBS symptoms. You may need just one approach, a combination, or all of them. Give each a fair try and find what works best for you!

  • 1. Eating for IBS diet (low fat, high soluble fiber, careful with insoluble fiber, avoid IBS trigger foods, add personal FODMAPS restrictions if needed).

    • Helpful for all IBS symptoms.

  • 2. Stress Management (daily exercise, extra sleep, meditation, yoga for IBS)

    • Helpful for all IBS symptoms.

  • 3. Prescription Medications (anti-spasmodics, anti-depressants, opioids - ask your doc and pharmacist!)

    • Key to your specific IBS symptoms.

  • 4. Alternative Therapies (gut-directed hypnotherapy, biofeedback, acupuncture)

    • Helpful for all IBS symptoms.

  • 5. Natural Supplements (prebiotic soluble fiber, peppermint and fennel oil capsules, medicinal strength herbal teas, probiotics)

    • Key to your specific IBS symptoms.

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Tip Takeaway: Eating for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, using supplements keyed to your specific IBS symptoms, managing stress, trying alternative therapies, and taking medications are the five best ways to get - and keep - your GI tract functioning normally.

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