bloating, IBS natural treatment by nutritionist

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by recurring abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. While the exact cause of IBS remains unclear, research suggests that various factors such as diet, stress, gut microbiota, and abnormal gastrointestinal motility may contribute to its development. In this article, we will explore natural remedies, backed by scientific research, for managing IBS symptoms and improving quality of life.

Causes of bloating and IBS:
1. Gut Microbiota Imbalance:

The human gut is home to trillions of bacteria that play a crucial role in digestion and overall health. Research suggests that an imbalance in gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis, may contribute to the development of IBS. Dysbiosis can result from factors such as antibiotic use, infection, or dietary changes, leading to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria and a reduction in beneficial bacteria.

2. Altered Gut Motility:

The movement of the gastrointestinal tract is regulated by a complex network of nerves and muscles. In individuals with IBS, there may be abnormal patterns of gut motility, with some experiencing increased contractions (spasms) or reduced motility, leading to symptoms such as diarrhoea or constipation.

3. Visceral Hypersensitivity:

People with IBS often have heightened sensitivity in their gut, meaning they may experience pain or discomfort at lower levels of stimuli than those without the condition. This visceral hypersensitivity can cause exaggerated pain responses to normal digestive processes, leading to abdominal pain or cramping.

4. Food Triggers:

Certain foods and beverages can trigger IBS symptoms in susceptible individuals. Common culprits include spicy foods, fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, and artificial sweeteners. These triggers may directly irritate the digestive system or contribute to inflammation and increased gut sensitivity.

5. Psychological Factors:

Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can have a significant impact on IBS symptoms. Stressful life events, emotional disturbances, and chronic stress can worsen abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel irregularities in individuals with IBS. The gut-brain axis, a bidirectional communication system between the gut and the brain, plays a role in this relationship.

It’s important to note that the causes and triggers of IBS can vary from person to person, and the condition is often multifactorial, involving a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

While the exact causes of IBS are not fully understood, these factors provide insight into the mechanisms behind the condition, allowing for the development of natural remedies and lifestyle modifications to alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with IBS.

Natural Treatments for IBS:
1. Probiotics:

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore gut microbiota balance. A review published in Nutrients (1) suggests that certain strains of probiotics, such as Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus acidophilus, may alleviate IBS symptoms by reducing inflammation and improving bowel function.

2. Peppermint Oil:

Peppermint oil has been used for centuries to soothe digestive discomfort. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology (2) found that peppermint oil capsules can significantly reduce abdominal pain, bloating, and improve overall IBS symptoms.

3. Fiber Supplements:

Soluble fibre supplements, such as psyllium husk or acacia fibre, can help regulate bowel movements and relieve constipation in IBS patients. A systematic review published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (3) supports the use of fibre supplements to manage IBS symptoms.
While fibre supplements are often recommended as a natural remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) due to their potential to regulate bowel movements and relieve constipation, it is essential to consider potential downsides, particularly if there are underlying intestinal pathogens or issues with excessive gas production.

=>Intestinal Pathogens:

In some cases, individuals with IBS may have underlying intestinal infections or imbalances in gut bacteria. Introducing high amounts of fibre, especially insoluble fibre, can potentially exacerbate symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. This is because certain types of fibre, such as wheat bran or raw vegetables, can be difficult to digest and may provide a food source for pathogenic bacteria, leading to an increase in symptoms.

=>Increased Gas Production:

Fiber is fermented by bacteria in the large intestine, which produces gas as a byproduct. For individuals with IBS who already experience excessive gas and bloating, consuming large amounts of fibre, particularly fermentable fibres like inulin or fructans, may further contribute to these symptoms. This can be especially problematic for those with a sensitivity to certain types of carbohydrates known as FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols).

4. Digestive Enzymes:

Digestive enzymes, such as alpha-galactosidase and lactase, can assist in breaking down carbohydrates and easing the digestion process. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who experience bloating due to difficulties in digesting certain foods, such as beans, legumes, or lactose-containing products.

5. Herbal Remedies:

Certain herbs, such as chamomile and fennel, have been traditionally used to ease digestive issues. Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (4)  suggests that herbal preparations containing these ingredients may help alleviate IBS symptoms, including abdominal pain and bloating.

Lifestyle Modifications:

In addition to natural remedies, making lifestyle modifications can have a positive impact on managing IBS symptoms. Here are some tips to consider:

=>Diet: Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for managing IBS. It is recommended to avoid trigger foods like spicy or fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners. Instead, opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

=>Stress Management: Stress can exacerbate IBS symptoms. Engaging in stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or regular physical exercise can help manage stress and improve overall well-being. If you need help with stress management or mental health than I highly recommend you speak with Amanda Dounis (psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, NLP coach and counsellor) from Positive Thinking Clinic.

=>Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity promotes healthy digestion and reduces gastrointestinal symptoms. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week.


If you or a loved one are struggling with the burdensome symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), know that there is hope for relief and improved quality of life. As a nutritionist specializing in the treatment of IBS, I am dedicated to helping you find natural and effective solutions that address the root causes of your symptoms.

By incorporating evidence-based strategies we can work together to restore balance to your gut, alleviate inflammation, and ease abdominal pain and bloating. These natural remedies, supported by scientific research, have shown promise in managing IBS symptoms and improving overall well-being.

In addition to targeted supplements and dietary interventions, I will guide you through essential lifestyle modifications, including stress management techniques and regular exercise, which have proven to be vital in the successful management of IBS.

Remember, you don’t have to face the challenges of IBS alone. With personalized support and guidance from a knowledgeable nutritionist, you can regain control over your digestive health and enjoy a life free from the limitations imposed by IBS.

Don’t let IBS dictate your daily life any longer. Take the first step towards a healthier, happier future by booking a consultation with me as your trusted nutritionist. Together, we will embark on a transformative journey to relieve your symptoms, restore your digestive harmony, and empower you to live life to the fullest.

Contact me today and let’s embark on this empowering journey towards optimal digestive health. Your path to a vibrant life awaits!

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  2. Maleki, B. H., Tartibian, B., Mooren, F. C., FitzGerald, L. Z., Krüger, K., Chehrazi, M., & Malandish, A. (2018). Low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise training modulates irritable bowel syndrome through antioxidative and inflammatory mechanisms in women: results of a randomized controlled trial. Cytokine102, 18-25. Abstract: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29274540/
  3. Mori, S., Tomita, T., Fujimura, K., Asano, H., Ogawa, T., Yamasaki, T., … & Fukui, H. (2019). A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial on the effect of magnesium oxide in patients with chronic constipation. Journal of neurogastroenterology and motility25(4), 563. Full text: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6786451/
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