Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that causes characteristic symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation but without any other signs of another condition causing these symptoms.
The prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is approximately 10-15% in the U.S.,1 and most of them haven’t even been diagnosed officially. IBS is more common in females than males. Symptoms of IBS vary from person to person, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms of IBS may include:
The SAD diet, which is predominantly processed foods and animal products, sets the stage for chronic digestive disturbance and unfavorable digestive health. Digestive muscle cramping, bacterial imbalances, and hormonal triggers from conventional foods eventually lead to chronic discomfort and digestive disturbance. The overgrowth of non-favorable bacteria in the intestines, as well as the overall imbalance of intestinal flora, all seem to play a role. Investigators have noted that the more fiber in one’s diet, the better off they are with their IBS symptoms. For some reason which we don’t fully understand, many with IBS report that they are either sensitive to gluten, fructose, and fructans, which are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. To resolve this problem nutritionally, not only do sufferers need to eat a healthful Nutritarian diet, but many have to avoid wheat, avoid the high fructose fruits, and make the minor adjustments to get the best result. Most can recover in a few months.
ONLINE: All members of DrFuhrman.com can search the Ask the Doctor archives for discussions on this topic. Platinum and Diamond members can connect with Dr. Fuhrman by posting questions in the forum. Not a member? Join now.
IN PERSON: Book a stay at Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Retreat in San Diego, California. With options ranging from one, two and three months (and sometimes longer) you will be under Dr. Fuhrman’s direct medical supervision as you hit the “reset” button on your health. For more information: (949) 432-6295 or [email protected].
EVENTS: Join Dr. Fuhrman for an online boot camp, detox or other event. During these immersive online events, you’ll attend zoom lectures, follow a special meal plan, and have access to a special, live Q&A session with Dr. Fuhrman. Learn more about events.
The following are sample questions from the Ask the Doctor Community Platinum and higher members can post their health questions directly to Dr. Fuhrman. (All members can browse questions and answers.)
I have been following a Nutritarian diet for a little over two years. I have been diagnosed with IBS and have occasional bouts with constipation, and the constipation, bloating, and gas have not stopped.
If you still have bowel problems on a Nutritarian diet, then you should be more vigilant avoiding the entire FODMAPS load. Beano is not the answer. The goal is to reduce the FODMAP load significantly, depriving the bacteria of a food source, which will reduce methane production. You should also avoid all polyols- these artificial sweeteners are another source of the problem. Both the fruit and the sweeteners are likely responsible for bloating and constipation. You should avoid all high fructose fruits. You can use stevia occasionally, but not every day.
Remember, for you it is the FODMAP load that is important. Most people can do well giving up the list discussed during the webinar. You should chew each bite very well, making sure you maximize the release of important phytochemicals like ITCs from your greens. You should also add the probiotic. If you continue to have symptoms after a period of a few months, we can reassess.
Along with losing 35 pounds Judy no longer suffers from irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux... Read More
Results may vary.
Sue's health problems made her feel she was dying; after losing 50 pounds all her debilitating symptoms are gone and she feels great... Read More
Results may vary.
Allison resolved her multiple health issues including Irritable bowel syndrome and finally felt well enough to have a baby... Read More
Results may vary.