When I think of cures, I think of what works in the moment. It's those days when I'm bloated and everything I eat makes me bigger or more explosive. I'm trying to find out: What foods can I eat that solve the problem right away? That's what the last post was all about.
Thank you for contributing YOUR cures! Because IBS is different for everyone, I love hearing about what works for you. It's fascinating to me how our cures converge and diverge!
Some of you suggested tonics. The word tonic is most commonly used in herbal medicine. It's a herbal tincture or infusion taken regularly, a couple times a day, to keep a specific health problem at bay. I see tonics are whatever keeps IBS at bay on a regular basis. For many of us, these include being vegan, not eating cheese, or gluten, etc.
There's a blogpost coming about tonics too!
I love this suggestion. So often, we go vegan to deal with IBS. This has worked for me and many others, but not everyone. Many of my nutritionist friends have told me that the fat in meat is very helpful because it coats the intestines, making them slippy. One of the problems with psyllium, flax and chia, is that they don't contain enough fat to get things moving. Often, they sit in the gut instead of pushing things forward. This is definitely something to consider, if you are vegan and still feeling IBSsy on a regular basis. Maybe your gut needs more meat fat.
Rice is one of those grains - like oats - that has the ability to neutralize the guts and return them to their regularly scheduled programming. I love it because it works equally well for IBS-C and D. And it's hard to find a food that helps both!
Again - thanks for your input, pals!
Eco Planet cereals
This cereal has the texture of hot rice, but with multiple grains. I love it because it gives me the fiber that's missing from rice. For some reason, I can digest it fine when IBSsy.
Last fall, the Tasty Biters asked me to review their food. One night, I ate these lentils while horribly IBSsy. Can you imagine my excitement when they helped me feel better?! I can't thank the Biters enough. They found ME. And now, there's another food I can eat on days when I can't eat anything.
I was terribly IBSsy yesterday. I ate these lentils for dinner and instantly felt better. Today? IBS is gone. Love it!
Is it weird to think of eating charcoal? Yeah, I thought so too. But they work really well for me. And others too. A year or so ago, my brother came to me, looking for a gas stopper. I fished some old charcoal caps out from underneath the bathroom sink. The next day? He was all like: Those charco-caps were freakin' amazing! Charcoal caps are weird, so is IBS!
Granted, IBSser friends of mine have attested that abstaining from alcohol really helps cure IBS altogether. So keep that in mind. But I think that vino has a history for aiding in digestion in the culinary arts. It's culturally known as a meal accent and tummy friend - like parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. And we can't forget what our ancestors have passed down to us...
Next up - TONICS for IBS!!!
What daily practices do you take to keep IBS at bay?
How do you not let stress affect your guts?