Feel mint work its magic

Feel mint work its magic

We love it when science solves the mystery of a time-honoured home remedy, because we think there is at least a bit of truth in many home “brews.” It’s happened again, and to one of our favourite digestion-soothers: peppermint. It turns out that this ancient herbal tummy-tamer does its thing by switching off pain-sensing nerve fibres in your digestive system. Who knew?

That helps explain why pouring a steaming mug of peppermint tea or just sniffing it for an upset stomach — or popping an enteric-coated peppermint oil capsule to ease irritable bowel syndrome — really works.

We’ve known for a while that mint relaxes smooth muscles in your GI tract, which can tone down irritable bowel syndrome cramps. That’s super-useful if you’re among the one in five people with this uncomfortable problem. Now we also know it can mute hypersensitive nerves, which can trigger internal distress after a spicy meal, too much coffee, a glass of wine or during a bout of flu.

Peppermint tea or even peppermint aroma may be all it takes to soothe a queasy stomach or settle one that’s gassy and bloated. But it may take a stronger dose to ease irritable bowel syndrome. That’s where peppermint oil capsules come in. To give them a try, stick with 0.2 to 0.4 mL of oil three times daily and use only enteric-coated versions to avoid heartburn. Otherwise, the muscle-relaxing oil could relax a valve at the top of your stomach, allowing acid to backwash into your esophagus. That hurts. Tip if you’re heartburn-prone: Skip mint chewing gum for the same reason.

Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen are authors of YOU: On a Diet. For more, visitwww.realage.com

Source: http://www.thestar.com/article/996397–feel-mint-work-its-magic


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IBS – Beer, Lager & Wine

IBS beer wine lager – Yes!

IBS – Beer, Lager & Wine This is a brief response to recent, and frequent searches, on this site for information regarding the above and your IBS. Someone must know I like a drink!

Irritable bowel syndrome is in my opinion affected by the yeast that is still present or left over during the brewing process, that’s what helps us to get the lovely brew tasting and nose of a pint and also having a foaming head like it does. Cask beer? I think its called, along with many lagers are brought to the tap by CO2 this sometimes has less residual yeast causing a problem because in bottled beers the yeast is reactivated before capping with a small amount of sugar to give it some shutterstock_63125809 copyhead when you open the bottle/can and pour it, but cask beers and lagers are less of a problem in other words  because the Co2 does the lifting from the cellar and puts a head on the stuff, as an extra advantage I suppose you can drink more until you get to your ‘critical level’ (not drunk no…) but where the yeast upsets you. However remember that the yeast will not pass straight through you and you could get the yeast culture set up resident causing you problems for a day or two after.

Taking a good pre and pro biotic all the time can reduce the yeast effects and give other benefits besides. I will talk more about this in my book I digress. This I believe, interacts with the gut flora present and can act as a trigger for IBS-D and IBS-W the […]

Should you be gluten free?

Should you be gluten free?

Around 1 in 10 people with IBS could benefit from a gluten free diet. Now, a simple and reliable home test kit can tell you whether you should be gluten free in just 5 minutes.

The importance of an early diagnosis of gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) cannot be over stressed.  Left undiagnosed and untreated, coeliac disease carries a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, infertility and bowel cancer later on in life.

If you do have coeliac disease, a gluten free diet could change your life within weeks… but first, get a diagnosis.

Feeling tired, IBS symptoms, urgency to use the toilet after eating, nausea, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea, bloating, wind, constipation, headaches, depression, bone and joint pain, weight loss, anaemia…. the list goes on and could mean you have IBS but any one of these symptoms could also mean that you have coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).

Unlike IBS, coeliac disease (also spelt celiac) is a risk factor for other diseases such as bowel cancer, infertility and osteoporosis. Early diagnosis is essential. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people originally diagnosed with IBS actually have coeliac disease.

In 2006 and 2007 the home coeliac test was used to test MPs at the House of Commons as part of an awareness raising event by Coeliac UK, a charity providing support and advice for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.

A report in the British Medical Journal  which studied 2690 children and 120 adults showed that the finger prick blood test for coeliac disease was as accurate as hospital laboratory tests (Korponay-Szabo et al. BMJ 2007;335;1244-1247).

Five good reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms… or those of your relatives
It is important that diagnosis is made early as left untreated, coeliac […]

My experience of IBS

My experience of IBS

Foreword – My experience of IBS

Yes I’m writing my shortened story to tell you how I fixed my IBS after 22 years of complete misery.

I asked my doctor for a colostomy! Because, I just couldn’t stand it any more. That was the motivating moment. I was going to say moving moment but decided not to. I found I developed humour as well as wind when I had IBS – gladly I still have the humour!!

Now, on a more serious note…

My stomach / intestines have been a burden to me for years. It all started off on a business trip to London in the early 1980’s. I had a Chinese meal in a restaurant on Kensington High Street with a colleague after a gruelling day at Earls Court. The event was an agricultural show, the Smithfield Show and there were stock present, (that’s pig’s sheep and cows for the townies amongst us). I was fine until 2.00 a.m. the following morning. Then my world started to revolve, not the beer I thought, I’d only had two pints. We were entertaining customers early the next day so we decided we wouldn’t go mad that night.

Sick, well that wasn’t the word. Pinned to the toilet and the washbasin and all I wanted was to be at home. Hotels aren’t the place to be ill are they? We all need the comfort of home when we’re ill.

Well it had to start somewhere and I guess some of you will have […]

Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel

Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel

Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel – Relax, you’re getting sleepy … very sleepy

That may sound like a Hollywood cliché — the glassy-eyed subject lulled by a swinging watch — but some researchers believe the peaceful state achieved in hypnosis can help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

At a meeting this week of the World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, gastroenterologist Peter Whorwell, MD, will discuss more than 20 years of research showing that hypnosis can not only improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, but can even alter the underlying physical problems that cause the symptoms.

The movie version of hypnosis is not much like the real thing. Instead, says Whorwell, in his practice it is more like meditation, yoga, or guided imagery. For treating IBS, a hypnotherapist guides a patient in relaxation exercises and helps him focus on the muscles of the stomach that are so critical in IBS.

“It’s a concentrated form of relaxation where the therapist is teaching the patient to control systems of their body they can’t normally control,” Whorwell tells WebMD.

IBS is a common disorder of the digestive system that leads to cramps and pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Some people with IBS have constipation, others have diarrhea, and some have both.

And many doctors believe there is a psychological component to IBS, in which stress, depression, or other mental states can lead to physical symptoms in the gut. Such symptoms are called “psychosomatic,” and Whorwell says they are not confined to IBS. “Every disease has a psychological component,” he says.

With IBS it’s important for patients to have better control of the contractions of their stomach muscles and […]