If You have IBS, you have come to the right place..

The IBS information on this site has kept irritable bowel syndrome from ruining my life.  It also contains information about IBS that others have used to greatly improve their lives, or even cure IBS symptoms. Maybe it can help you too!

How long did you have the bloating, diarrhea or constipation of IBS?

And how long before you got an IBS diagnosis?

Most people search for years before finding a name for it.  Doctors run test after expensive test, until you start to lose hope of finding any relief.

But many people believe that a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a catch-all for “We can’t figure out what’s going on inside you.”

There are usually some vague recommendations about fiber and avoiding fatty foods, maybe a pamphlet with a little IBS information, and off you go.

Home.  To the Bathroom.

I want you to know, that can change.

Living With IBS Doesn’t Have to Mean Misery.

There are plenty things you can do to help IBS symptoms.  There are plenty of people that have even found ways to completely eliminate IBS symptoms. What they needed was good information about irritable bowel syndrome.

And there is plenty of IBS information out there.

Finding real help can be a challenge though.  There are a lot of sites with all kinds of IBS information.  Some sites are too technical, others are too jumbled.

Some are giant advertisements for a product.

“All you have to do is buy product X and your troubles are over.”

Unfortunately, solving this puzzle is a little more complicated than that.

BUT YOU CAN DO IT. The pages of this site have IBS information to help you.

A Lot of People Have IBS.

You’re not alone.

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My wife has it. As many as 1 person out of 5 has IBS symptoms.

It took me a while to find out what was giving me so much abdominal pain and bloating, along with a host of other symptoms.  I read the books and the latest  research about causes of irritable bowel syndrome.  I experimented with elimination diets and alternative therapies. I dug in seeking any IBS information out there that could help.

I put the pieces together over months and years, and finally got relief.

I put together this IBS information site, so that you can get some relief too.

So look around. And don’t give up!

You can find out more information about IBS symptoms and what causes IBS, or better yet, proceed to the IBS First Steps page.

Latest Posts

Why Eat Fiber?

Not just because your grandma said so. Fiber is good for both diarrhea AND constipation. How can that be so? Read on. Fiber is in many foods we eat, but barely anyone gets the recommended daily amount. But why eat fiber? Why worry about it at all? Well, insoluble fiber gives your bowels “structure”. In other words, it helps your stool (poop) stick together in a clump inside, and get moved along at a “regular” pace :). Sorry for being graphic. It also gives your bowels something to grab on to. Another kind of fiber, called soluble fiber, absorbs water and helps keep things from being too liquid, a blessing for IBS-D. Details below. Soluble vs insoluble fiber, do I need... »

The First 5 Things to Do if You Have IBS Symptoms

So you’re miserable with bowel troubles and pain, and you want to know what to do about it. Well there ARE things you can do! You just have to DO them. Here are first 5 things I think you should do if you have IBS symptoms, and you are just starting out on this journey. Some of these may seem like common sense, but I admit I didn’t do some of them until I absolutely had to.   1. See your doctor. This first one is extremely important! You don’t want to try diagnosing yourself with IBS, only to find out you have a treatable and/or a serious condition. Now I know it’s embarrassing to talk about toilet habits. But remember, your doctor has heard and seen it all.  You... »

Lower Abdominal Pain and Fatigue in IBS

Could lower abdominal pain and fatigue be linked? One of the most common places for IBS sufferers to get pain is in the lower abdomen (i.e. your lower belly). What a lot of people don’t realize is that the fatigue and weakness they feel could be connected to that pain. We’re going to discuss that, but first a warning: If you haven’t seen a doctor about your abdominal pain you should be doing that, not reading this! It can be serious! There. Now that’s out of the way.  If you’re still here, then… You need to know about the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has nothing to do with Las Vegas :), it’s a nerve that runs from your lower abdomen up to your brain.... »

Enteric Peppermint Oil Capsules for IBS

Cooling and soothing away your IBS symptoms. I’ve used peppermint oil in the form of capsules to successfully treat my IBS symptoms. I mentioned it on another page and a very kind reader named Milo made a comment that it helped him very much. Recently I’ve read some studies that show clinical proof that peppermint oil can reduce or eliminate the bowel pain of IBS.  Here is a link to a jargon version over at Pubmed if you want :). Why peppermint? Many herbs or plants have medicinal uses. They were the first medicines used by humans. Peppermint provides a naturally cooling sensation that can soothe irritation.  If you have inflamed bowels, then peppermint may be a kind of natural t... »

Post-Infectious IBS

First you get sick, then you get IBS… Many researchers have studied post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome as one of the main ways of getting IBS. One theory is that having an intense infection causing diarrhea, can damage the bowel or the nerves of the bowel. One trouble is that it’s hard to remember if you were sick with diarrhea (also known as gastroenteritis) before developing IBS. The onset of IBS after gastroenteritis (post-viral IBS). The pattern of post-infectious IBS seems to be that a person gets sick with something like a “stomach bug” (More about parasites below), that causes intense diarrhea. After the diarrhea passes, somehow the functioning of the bow... »

IBS Depression and Anxiety

What a miserable trio! Many people with IBS find that they also have bouts of anxiety and/or depression. If this sounds like you, please know that you are not alone. Scientific studies have shown that people with IBS are very likely to also have problems with anxiety and/or depression. IBS and Depression… Is there a link? Depression is believed to be caused by problems with neurotransmitters, particularly one called Serotonin. As I explained in the IBS Brain Gut Connection page, there is more serotonin in your bowels than in the rest of your nervous system! Could it be that the problems with your bowels are related to a problem with serotonin production? Could the same problem be causi... »

Stress and IBS

There is a reason IBS is sometimes called a “nervous stomach.” Studies show that stress doesn’t CAUSE IBS, but anyone with IBS knows that stress can trigger  IBS symptoms or even a full IBS attack. Any time there’s a  lot of stress in my life I immediately start to feel the abdominal pain in my colon, and other symptoms of IBS. So what is the link between stress and ibs. Stress, anxiety, and fear all work on the bowels. Some peoplel believe It’s mother natures way of preparing you for being chased by a predator. Why does stress get your bowels on high alert? A lot of animals defecate (poop) when they’re stressed or afraid. Human being are kind of the same ... »

The Brain Gut Connection

How your mind could be giving your body IBS, and what you can do about it. Most people have heard the expression “If you have the guts”. There are a lot of expressions like that: Intestinal fortitude, do you have the guts, fire in the belly, a gut reaction, I had a gut feeling about that, etc. What that’s basically saying is, if you’re really scared or nervous it will affect your “guts,” or that your guts can effect your decisions or your emotions. These expressions have been around for ages. It’s no wonder then that science has now proven the brain gut link. The enteric nervous system… Your gut has a brain. Neurons are part of the brain and ne... »

Soy Sensitivity

Is this “health food” hurting your health? Soy sensitivity (also called soy intolerance) affects many people. Most people don’t even know what soy is.  Yet many people suffer from the effects soy has on their digestive tract. Many people have a soy sensitivity and don’t even know it. Soy is in all kinds of foods either as soy bean oil, as a meat filler, as a meat substitute (like tofu). Soy can be found in MANY OTHER FOODS! Note that soy isn’t the the only food people have trouble with. Find out more about “ Food Intolerance.   Is soy sensitivity the same as a soy allergy? No, a soy allergy is extremely common (one of the 8 most common food allergens)... »

Fatty Foods

A delicious way to trigger IBS symptoms! Do you like fried food? What about some ice cream? OOOH, how about some fried ice cream?! How about cold cuts? Or Bacon? Or fried eggs on toast? I love all that stuff. And it can make me sick as heck (or that other place). It turns out that fatty foods are bad for your IBS as WELL as your arteries! How do fatty foods cause IBS symptoms? The human digestive system breaks down food into raw materials and energy. Fat is hard to digest, particularly since we tend to eat too much of it all at once. The body uses something called bile to break down fats (stored in the gall bladder). Once the bile breaks down the fats our bodies can digest them more easily. ... »