All the gut health hacks you need to manage IBS
First it was the delicious baked feta pasta. Then it was gorgeous, gorgeous girls drinking soup. And now TikTok has given us hot girls with IBS.
The tag “Irritable Bowel Girl” now has 57.9 million posts on TikTok, raising awareness of an issue that is often pushed out of public conversation.
Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a condition that affects the large intestine and can cause many unwanted symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
The New England Journal of Medicine noted that the disease affects both children and adults. However, approximately 2 out of 3 people with IBS are women. The disease is particularly frustrating for patients because there are very few effective treatments available.
Many influencers have taken to TikTok to spread awareness about the disease. Others add humor to an illness that defies modern conventions of modesty, cleanliness and femininity.
When Christine Olivo isn’t in the bathroom, she uses her TikTok to normalize the conversation surrounding toilets and bowel movements.
“I’ve had 99 problems and my constant stomach aches throughout my life are definitely one of them,” Olivo wrote in a post. Despite her suffering, the young woman refuses to stick to a strict diet and lets her condition control her social life. “Eating healthier doesn’t always mean better gut health,” she admitted.
As the somewhat mysterious disease begins to make its way into further research studies, nutritionists and gut health experts have come up with ways to alleviate some of the symptoms.
Chelsea McCallum, IBS dietitian and popular TikToker, frequently shares her dietary recommendations for people struggling with the condition.
The health guru warns his followers, “You don’t need expensive prescriptions, you don’t need expensive drugs.” Instead, she encourages IBS sufferers to try peppermint teas and oil, eat plant-rich diets, and consume more fermented foods.
Medical experts like Dr. Reza have also used social media to bring probiotics into the conversation, clearing up some misconceptions about the “good” and “bad” bugs living in our stomachs.
Prebiotic supplements outcompete healthy bacteria in your gut,” Dr. Reza said. “What you ultimately want to do is create the inclination towards those healthy bugs that you have to co-exist with, versus those pest bugs that are looking to get a foothold and make you sick.”
Although Dr. Reza warns that not everyone can completely solve their digestive problems with probiotics, it’s worth trying them along with other natural remedies.
If you’re one of the “Hot Girls with IBS,” maybe it’s time to cut out those spicy foods and put the caffeine aside. The New York Post has rounded up some of the best advice on products your belly will love. For best results, be sure to consult your doctor.
Turmeric has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and has recently been recognized as an alternative therapy for heartburn, inflammation and stomach ulcers. According Health Lineit has also been shown to improve digestive health.
Magnesium helps increase the amount of water in the intestines, thus promoting bowel movements. The mineral can usually be obtained from a plant-rich diet. Unfortunately, stomach upset can lead to lower magnesium levelsso it’s not a bad idea to replace the levels with a daily dose.
Besides the delicious smell, peppermint oil can probably help with symptoms irritable bowel syndrome, stomach cramps and bloating. A little is fine, so be sure to read the directions for proper dosage.
While 100% pure peppermint oil is a bit overwhelming, this stomach-soothing tea alternative will still deliver the same effect. You know what they say. Two cups of peppermint tea a day will prevent bloating.
Dessert for breakfast? Count on us. This is not your ordinary brownie. BelliWelli snacks are low in fodmaps, which are sugars that are not fully digestible and can produce gas. These fudge brownies are loaded with superfoods and probiotics, and loaded with healthy ingredients like oats, golden flax, teff, chia, and ginger.
As seen on Shark Tank, these prebiotic Sodas are made from apple cider vinegar, one of the best kept digestive health secrets. These cans are almost too pretty to drink, but once you’ve taken a sip, you won’t be able to put them down. Oh, and they’re only 20 calories or less per box, which makes it tempting to kill the whole 6-pack.
If all else fails and the pain persists, heating pads are a simple and inexpensive way to to relieve cramps and constipation. This ultra-soft waistband version has six heating settings and four timer modes from 30 to 120 minutes. The rave reviews on his simple device being “a game changer” for cramps.
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna swear by her. Influencers can’t get enough. Your stomach needs it. Kombucha is a type of tea that has undergone the process of fermentation, which gives it a powerful and somewhat bitter flavor. Studies reveal that it is both rich in antioxidants and a good source of probiotics.
Add these fermented vegetables to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you’ll be well on your way to healing your body from within. This starter pack comes from a small family business and features selections such as green tomatoes, red radishes, and mixed vegetables. One review notes, “Amazed me how delicious it all tasted.”
Forget juice cures, broth baths take over. According Health Line, bone broth is made from gelatin which is not only easy to digest, but also aids in the digestion of other foods. Consuming bone broth is especially beneficial for those with leaky gut and IBS.
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