IBS-D (Diarrhea)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS), is commonly characterized by lower abdominal pain and altered bowel function. IBS-D refers to IBS cases with the main symptom of diarrhea. Some cases are mild, while others have disabling chronic symptoms. The symptoms of IBS vary from person to person and may include:

  • diarrhea and/or constipation (chronic or alternating)
  • lower abdominal pain or spasms
  • mucus in stool
  • bowel urgency or incontinence
  • lower abdominal pain relieved by defecation
  • bloating
  • a sensation of the bowel not emptying completely
  • depression
  • anxiety

While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, significant evidence suggests that food sensitivities and allergies play a causative role. Lack of fibre may also be a factor, as healthy amounts of fibre keep food moving through the digestive tract. Insufficient fibre may result in food sitting in the colon for long periods and fermenting, thereby triggering IBS symptoms such as gas and bloating. Recent research demonstrates a link between an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestines and IBS.

Protocol

Renew Life’s Solution For IBS-D (Diarrhea)

Recommended
Support the intestines and
relieve symptoms
Intestinal Bowel Support helps to heal and support the intestinal tract lining as well as relieve IBS symptoms such as cramping, spasms, and irritation of the colon.

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Recommended
Re-establish good bacteria
with probiotics
Ultimate Flora Colon Care is an 80 billion culture, 10 strain, high-potency probiotic formula designed to provide therapeutic levels of both Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium. This formula replenishes the intestines with good bacteria and helps with elimination. It can be used on an ongoing basis.

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Recommended
Break down and eradicate
diarrhea-causing bacteria
BoulardiiMAX contains the probiotic saccharomyces boulardii, which effectively treats and prevents diarrhea from IBS, antibiotic use, bacterial infections, traveling and inflammation in the bowel.

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Useful
Soak up water in the digestive tract
with soluble fibre
Organic Clear Fibre is 100% organic acacia fibre, a rich source of soluble fibre. Healthy fibre intake is essential for those with diarrhea: it soaks up water and makes stools firmer and slower to pass.

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Dietary & Lifestyle Suggestions
  • Test for food sensitivities. The allergens most frequently seen to exacerbate IBS are dairy and grains (especially wheat and corn). Other trigger foods are citrus, chocolate, and high sulphur foods (garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts).
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine makes food pass more quickly through the digestive system, causing or worsening diarrhea.
  • Avoid processed foods. Various chemical food additives and preservatives can cause bowel changes.
  • Avoid stress. This is one of the most common causes of IBS.
  • With vegetables: try peeling the outsides of vegetables (where the majority of insoluble fibres are found) before eating them, and steam them instead of eating them raw.