Human Body and the Trinities of IBS Treatment
Dr. Manoj KutteriMay 17, 2022
We, as humans, have been thought to be made of cells and tissues but the fact is – more than human cells and genes, we are half of bacterial cells and genes. What makes us human, is a combination of our own DNA plus the DNA of our gut microbes. Humans are better to be renamed as a “Bacterial Mega genome”. Most researchers would say, it is imperative to maintain this gut biodiversity to keep you in the pink of health. Speaking of gut health, addressal of the diseases that result from gut microbiome alteration becomes equally important. IBS, otherwise known as irritable bowel syndrome, is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder affecting the global population.
Irritable bowel syndrome is the most diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder that generates a significant health burden and affects our quality of life. About 9- 23% of the world population is affected by this disease with varied symptoms ranging from abdominal discomfort to diarrhea or constipation. Based on the symptoms a person shows, it is divided into three types, IBS-C (IBS with constipation), IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea), IBS-M (IBS with mixed bowel pattern). When we trace the cause of this condition, we find several theories like genetic predisposition, visceral hypersensitivity, food intolerance, altered gut-brain axis, gut dysmotility, dysfunction of innate immunity, and gut dysbiosis. It is ambiguous which among these factors trigger IBS. Though the pathogenesis is unclear, one of these above is considered to influence our gut and acid secretion.
Let us make it simpler. When there is hypo-secretion of stomach acid or overgrowth of gut microbes especially in the small intestine, we end up having symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Before treating this condition, we need to find out the root cause of the disease. In this article, we are going to see three magic remedies that help in the management of IBS – a spice, a herb and a probiotic.
TRINITIES IN IBS TREATMENT
BLACK CUMIN – THE SPICE
It is a widely used Indian spice that has an array of health benefits. In case of IBS, it helps in easing out the digestive symptoms affecting our everyday activities. It helps in eliminating the gas build up in the intestine which is considered to be a reason for bloating and pain. The oil extracted from the black cumin called black seed oil has proven to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to kill the drug resistant bacteria in the gut. Adding on to this, it also eradicates the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria in the stomach which causes the visceral hypersensitivity due to initiation of low grade intestinal mucosal inflammation and gastric
dysmotility. This wonderful spice has evidence-based health benefits in managing IBS and has been used since ancient times.
LICORICE – THE HERB
It is a distinctive herb that has been used as a digestive aid for thousands of years. One of the major components of licorice extract is DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated licorice), which heals the digestive tract by increasing the mucus production by the cells. It also serves as anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial that hinders the Helicobacter Pylori overgrowth. DGL is very safe for use and shows no side effects when taken for a longer period unlike a normal licorice root that contains glycyrrhizinic acid. If you are wondering how and where to get this highly beneficial product, at Atmantan Naturals, we provide you one of the best quality licorice extracts which is further fortified with DGL and presented as a supplement “GASTROCARE” that restores the natural balance to your stomach and gut. Most importantly, it will subside the troublesome symptoms of IBS and SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
FERMENTED ALOE VERA – THE PROBIOTIC
Even when your digestive system stops its function, the bacteria in the gut are so diligent, they continue to produce its products. Probiotics are live bacteria or microbes present in your body. As mentioned earlier, we all are made of microbes- good and bad. If the ratio of bad microbes increases, it knocks off the balance of our system, making us sick. In order to bring that balance back, we should intake probiotics, a combination of good bacteria to fight off the bad bacterial growth and help in digestion. One of the natural probiotics we can consume is fermented Aloe Vera which is instrumental in managing IBS. Being a prokinetic agent, Aloe Vera helps to improve the motility of our intestine in case of gut dysmotility, one of the causes of irritable bowel syndrome.
All these three are super nutrient that prodigiously work in the management of IBS. If you are somebody who ran down several lists of options for your IBS management, this would be a better option. Despite having a litany of managing options, we need to focus on the root cause of the disease. Once we figure it out, managing becomes facile. Our expert team of Atmantan Natural healers would assist you in knowing about the condition and tailor make a better personalized solution with all needed remedies and natural supplements. Changes in diet are necessary to avoid exacerbating some symptoms and to relieve others.
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