3 Real People Share What ACTUALLY Helped Them Manage IBS

According to WedMD, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms that has been ongoing for at least 6 months, and has occurred at least 3 times a month in the past 3 months. IBS always involves abdominal pain or discomfort. This pain must have two of these three characteristics to be diagnosed IBS:– Relieved with defec

ation– Associated with a change in frequency of stool– Associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool”

Unfortunately, doctors don’t have a clear picture what IBS is or what causes it. That’s why, it can be really frustrating to figure out what can actually help people with IBS on their own journey. With that in mind, I asked three real people who have successfully overcome and managed IBS (naturally!) what actually helped them. Here’s what they said.

  1. What were your symptoms?

“I ran to the bathroom after consuming any food – healthy or not. (This was progressive initially it was only foods that I seemed sensitive to that triggered it like bread, chocolate, a lot of refined sugar, pizza.)” ~ Rose Anne, 49

“Irregular but very strong attacks of pain, to the point of fainting at several occasions. Smaller, daily pain.” ~ Ann, 47

“Diarrhea” ~ Jill, 58

  1. How did you overcome or manage IBS?

“Initially I started drinking kombucha (about 8 oz) about 20 minutes before meals. I saw a significant change within 2 weeks, within 1 month I felt healed. I also changed my diet to entirely plant based whole foods and eliminated 98% of meat, dairy, fish, poultry, all refined flours and sugars and all “man-made foods”. I also introduced other fermented foods such as sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables as well as water kefir). I am still eating whole food plant based diet with rare exceptions (this will forever be my new normal).” ~ Rose Anne, 49

“Probiotics, sauerkraut, sauerkraut juice and daily green smoothies to keep bowel movement regular.” ~ Ann, 47

“Gluten free, dairy free” ~ Jill, 58

  1. What is your message or advice to those who struggle with IBS?

“There is something you can do to fix this – have the courage to try because you can’t imagine how great you can feel until you feel great. It’s worth doing this for yourself and for those who care about you. It’s key to recognize that you are doing this to your body with the food and drinks you consume and you can undo this.” ~ Rose Anne, 49

“Find what works for you. FODmaps might work for some, but for me it was getting my gut in order via probiotics.” ~ Ann, 47

“Go gluten free and dairy free right away” ~ Jill, 58

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Mary Gutierrez

I help women with chronic illness thrive by sharing natural healing success stories, tools, programs and tips that focus on real food.