Without being pretentious I think I can say you are lucky that you’ve found this website. I wish I found something like this 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s.
Yes, you’ve read it right; my IBS (diarrhea) was so bad that the first doctor thought it was Crohn’s disease! Luckily I’m a person who likes to research and come to my own conclusions so I started reading tons and tons of articles about Crohn’s, celiac disease and finally irritable bowel syndrome. It took me a lot of time and pain but when I figured out I probably have IBS instead of Crohn’s I went for a second opinion and a different doctor said I do in fact have IBS.
After 2 years of researching, many supplements, trial and error and a lot of money spent, I found three supplements that work together to diminish the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Cure is maybe too big of a word because currently there is no way to actually cure IBS with one magic pill but if the symptoms are gone, the IBS is gone, and these supplements will do just that. Follow the next three steps and you’ll be symptom free in a week:
1. Acidophilus Pearls
Probiotics are good bacteria found in healthy intestines that help digest food and make the stool more regular - just what an IBS sufferer needs – regularity! Only one pearl is enough for a day. It’s best taken in the morning on an empty stomach.
2. Pepogest (Peppermint Oil)
For centuries peppermint has been traditionally used for gastrointestinal upset, cramps, gas and nausea. Menthol-rich essential oil found in peppermint leaves soothes occasional disruptions in the bowel. For IBS diarrhea patients it will slow down bowel movements and for IBS constipation patients it will make digested food move faster out of the bowel by relaxing the bowel lining. It says on the box that you should take it an hour before a meal but for me the results were MUCH better when taken just before the meal.
3. Psyllium Husk Caps
Psyllium husk is a natural source of soluble fiber that has the ability to swell up to 50 times its initial volume when added to liquid. It soaks up fluid in your intestines and forms a bulky gel. This bulking action can play an important role in maintaining regularity and gastrointestinal health. For IBS-D patients it will obviously make the stool less watery and for IBS-C patients it will reduce transit time and make you go to the toilet more often. This is taken before or in the middle of a meal, with a glass of fluid.
Each of these supplements will make an impact that you will notice just after a few days of using it but they work best together. Acidophilus pearls will improve digestion and make you more regular, Pepogest will free you of cramps and relax your bowel and psyllium husk will improve regularity regardless of whether you have IBS-C or IBS-D.
If you’re depressed or stuck to your house because of IBS symptoms, try this. I totally sympathize with people who have IBS because I’ve been through all of that. Running to the toilet 3-4 times a day, worrying if I’ll make it to school without shi**ing my pants, having unbearable cramps, gas and bloating... It’s a tough life, and it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why I made this website.
Edited to add, Calcium Carbonate:
A couple of months ago I discovered that some people with IBS are helped by calcium carbonate. Seemed weird to me, but I tried it and it's one of the best supplements for my IBS. I have normal solid stools now! I don't really know HOW it works but half a gram of calcium carbonate at the start of a meal, with food, helps tremendously. It works for about 2-3 hours and then you take another one and eat. If I do it after 4-5 hours I may have digestive problems, so I'm guessing the previous dose helps the next meal.
Anyway, the link is bellow, probably won't help everyone but it's worth trying! If it helps you'll know it in a day and you'll be happy. Notice: It has to be calcium carbonate, not citrate or any other!