Natural Strategies for Treating Common Digestive Problems

via: NaturalSociety
by: Kelsey Coy
July 28, 2012

In my acupuncture practice, I encounter a huge variety of digestive disorders. This isn’t terribly surprising to me, though, given that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) currently affects 20% of the adult population and is among the disorders most frequently diagnosed by doctors. IBS symptoms vary tremendously from person to person, and the disorder’s etiology is not well-understood. While effective pharmaceutical management of IBS has been unsurprisingly lacking, there are a number of more natural methods to regulate the digestive system and help treat common digestive problems.

Treating Common Digestive Problems and Disorders Naturally

Peruse those listed below, based on the symptoms relevant to your digestive issues.

Try reducing (or eliminating) consumption of:

  • Caffeine

  • Coffee, including decaffeinated

  • Alcohol

  • Dairy Products

  • Ice Cold Beverages

  • Artificial Sweeteners, including Splenda

Try increasing consumption of:

  • Chamomile

  • Peppermint

  • Fennel

  • Ginger

  • Oatmeal

For intestinal disorder of any sort:

  • Probiotics – Probiotics improve the health of the entire digestive tract by promoting the flourishing of the ‘good’ bacteria that populate the intestines. It is especially important to experience all of the benefits of probiotics due to the widespread use of antibiotics, which effectively kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut – causing numerous health issues. Look for a ‘soil based’ probiotic to ensure the organisms will survive in stomach acid and pass into the gut.

  • Psyllium or Acacia Fiber – Great for helping to treat common digestive problems, insoluble fiber helps build bulk in the intestine and therefore serves as a sort of natural ‘vacuum.’ Increase consumption gradually and drink plenty of water to allow your body to adjust and avoid bloating. Work up to taking a tablespoon full nightly before bed to soothe and regulate intestines.

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