Updated: May 7, 2021
IBS is a stomach disease that can cause a lot of pain and anxiety
For those of us who have IBS, it is no joke. Some days, or weeks you may feel great and be able to eat what you want, but then all of a sudden it hits and you are in the bathroom and in pain for days on end.
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“Probiotics and digestive enzymes have helped me to live and function and eat semi-normal once again.”-Adam Moody
Since I was 17 years old, I have dealt with this painful and embarrassing stomach disease known as IBS. Here is what has worked for me:
I take two digestive enzymes with most meals. Digestive enzymes help your body to break down fats, sugars, lactose, and grains. This has been a life saver and is well worth the cost. These are the enzymes I have been taking for the last 5 years or so: Integrative Therapeutics Similase You can find these on Amazon.
Probiotics are good natural bacteria that our stomach needs. Especially in the American, our good bacteria quite often get killed out by stuff like tap water. Tap water contains chlorine in which is known to kill bacteria, both good and bad. When this happens, the balance of gut bacteria can get out of sorts. Adding a probiotic to your daily supplement regiment can help to your gut in balance. I use Pure Therapro RX brand probiotics. This contains a blend of 30 Billion CFU of good strains to help keep the gut in check.
For a long time I resisted taking any type of prescription medicine for my IBS. However, a few years ago I started to develop anxiety and panic attacks. Both my GI doctor and Primary care physician suggest that I go on prescription anxiety medicine for both my anxiety and stomach issues. The medicine they put me called Escitalopram is a serotonin regulator. Since most of the serotonin in the body is either in or made in the gut, this made since to start taking. Though I was apprehensive at first, Escitalopram has been life changing for me, both for my anxiety and my gut health. I'm not a medical doctor, but I would encourage you to talk to your doctor to see if anxiety meds could help your IBS.