Bloating is one of the most common symptoms associated with IBS and SIBO. Bloating is the
accumulation of gas within the upper and lower intestine that can lead to abdominal pain,
cramping and gas elimination. Before getting into our favorite home remedies to combat this
disruptive symptom, understand why bloating occurs in the first place.
There are two potential causes to bloating with IBS:
1. By the over production of gas from intestinal bacteria from undigested foods found in the small intestine
2. Spasms in the gut that prevent the movement of gas, causing gas accumulation, abdominal pain and possibly constipation
Reduce these triggers with herbal remedies and herbal teas to provide some of the easiest yet most effective ways to treat bloating.
Peppermint tea contains the active ingredient, L-methol. This relaxes smooth muscles in the gut, normalization of transit time, activate opioid receptors for pain relief and is anti-inflammatory. Studies show that peppermint oil is more effective than anti-spasmodics, tricyclic antidepressants, and fiber in those with IBS. (1, 2)
Chamomile is part of the Daisy family, Asteraceae. Commonly, most people use this tea as a mild sedative to help with relaxation and insomnia; however, this plant is therapeutically effective in the gut, able to relax the smooth muscles, reduce cramping, and improve symptoms of IBS. (3)
Studies also show that this diverse herb helps to reduce obesity, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol in the blood).(4)
Fennel seeds contain anethole, a chemical compound similar to the neurotransmitter dopamine. This compound is found to have relaxant effect on the intestinal smooth muscles to reduce abdominal pain in those with IBS. (5)
Furthermore, the combination of mint and fennel enhances intestinal secretions important for digestion, including bile acids, lipase and amylase. (6)
Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) is a relative of the Carrot family, Apiaceae and a common traditional digestive aid. This herb reduces the accumulation of gas, reduces flatulence and relieves abdominal pain due to its carminative essential oils. (7) Studies show aniseed can also improve the pain-relieving effects of codeine. (8)
Ginger is a common and effective home remedy for alleviating symptoms of nausea and vomiting. These antiemetic effects are the results of its carminative effect, which helps to break up and expel intestinal gas. Studies show that medicinal components in ginger root accelerate gastric emptying and reduce the gastric ulcers. (9)
These teas and other are just some of the ways The IBS Academy’s 12-Week Restore program targets symptoms of IBS and restores gut health.
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In best of health,
The IBS Academy
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