Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating, abdominal pain, etc. IBS, diarrhoea, or even Crohn’s Disease in advanced stages get triggered due to high pitta imbalance or high fire element in the intestines. IBS is usually either functional – caused due to certain food triggers – or it can be psychological, where our intestines get triggered by stress, anxiety, depression, poor lifestyle or bad eating habits. Naturally then, you must watch what your diet if you have IBS.
You must always keep in mind that your body and gut are highly sensitive to inflammatory foods. So, you must eradicate inflammatory foods such as red meat, seafood, eggs, dairy products, deep-fried foods, pungent and spicy foods like capsicum, onion, garlic radish and chillies, from your diet.
Recently, Ayurveda and gut health expert Dimple Jangda, took to her social media to share simple remedies to manage irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, and Crohn’s disease in advanced stages.
Home remedies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
As mentioned earlier, our gut is extremely sensitive to inflammatory foods and factors like stress. The expert reckons to cut down inflammatory foods from your diet, and instead load up on cooling foods like melons, and astringent fruits like apples, berries and cherries. Here are the top remedies suggested by the expert to help curb your symptoms and make you feel better.
1. Count on soaked coriander or sabja seeds
The expert suggests to soak 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds overnight and drink the water first thing next morning on an empty stomach. You can even chew on the seeds, for they have a cooling effect on your intestines.
Alternatively, you could soak 1 tsp of sweet basil or sabja seeds overnight in a bowl or in a bottle of water. They swell up and have a gel-like outer layer. Sip this through the day or drink it in the mornings on an empty stomach. It has a cooling effect on your gut and reduces inflammation.
2. Add astringent foods to your diet
“Bananas and pomegranates are two fruits that help bind the stools together and help keep diarrhoea-like symptoms at bay. These are the only two fruits that are recommended to take after meals for the ones suffering from these symptoms. Otherwise, keeping an hour’s gap between your meals and fruits is suggested,” shares the expert.
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3. Coconut water can be a healthy remedy
You can load up on freshly sourced tender coconut water with soft coconut meat that also has a cooling effect on your intestines. You must also ensure to speak to a doctor immediately to reverse these symptoms with herbs and medications.
4. Probiotics can be of help
Everyone knows the importance of probiotics for a healthy gut. They help increase the good bacteria in the gut and help curb severe intestinal symptoms to a large extent. Some of the probiotics that can be taken include yoghurt, miso, kimchi and sauerkraut.
The bottom line
IBS can be painful and challenging to deal with. However, you can use preventive measures to improve your gut function by reducing symptoms. By managing your stress and keeping a check on your diet intake, you can relieve IBS symptoms at home.