Nutrition and Healing

Dr. Glenn Rothfeld’s Nutrition & Healing is intended to provide cutting-edge health information.
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If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I don’t have to tell you how it can wreak havoc on your daily routine. 

Restricting your diet… painful cramps… and running to the loo at breakneck speed can leave you feeling uncomfortable pretty much all the time. 

Fortunately, a new study finds a great alternative to the usual drug remedies for IBS – which most patients can’t tolerate. 

Trust me, you’re going to enjoy this… 

Take charge of your bowels… naturally!  

While there’s no “cure” for IBS, there are some meds docs can prescribe to reduce the symptoms. 

Here’s the problem though, many drug therapies for IBS come with unpleasant side effects like insomnia, nausea, palpitations, and a reduced appetite.  

There’s even a drug called Zelnorm that the FDA removed from the market because it caused serious cases of diarrhea and ischemic colitis –a medical condition where blood flow is reduced to the intestines.  

In other words, you’re trading one problem for another. 

If you have IBS and want to take control of your health, a new study reveals an all-natural solution: a mindfulness program. 

In the study, published in the journal Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 53 women and 15 men with IBS participated in a mindfulness-based stress reduction class for eight weeks.  

At the three-month follow-up, participants reported significant improvements in: 

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms; 
  • Quality of life; 
  • Anxiety related to gastrointestinal symptoms; and 
  • The ability to stay in the present moment and act with awareness. 

Previous research has found that mindfulness-based therapies stimulate changes within the brain – changes that affect the way we process sensations, thoughts, and emotions. 

Experts believe that these changes may result in a reduction of IBS symptoms. 

Now, if you’re not familiar with mindfulness-based therapy, it involves regular yoga and meditation practice. 

And don’t worry, you don’t need to be able to stand on your head or twist yourself into a pretzel in order to reap the benefits — all it takes is some mindfulness and deep breathing. 

But since there are a bunch of additional advantages to striking a yoga pose — from improved sleep to protection from cognitive decline — you might want to check out a gentle yoga class for beginners or seniors. 

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