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Josh:Hey guys. Dr. Josh Axe here with Jordan Rubin. Welcome to Ancient Nutrition Today. We’re going to be talking about How to Overcome
IBS, and many other types of digestive issues. And Jordan, I know you’ve got an incredible
story of overcoming digestive disease yourself. Before we get into your story, and also jump
into the top 10 secrets to transform your digestive health and overcome IBS with essential
oils, diet, nutrition, lifestyle, supplements, herbs and a whole lot more. How many people today do you think are struggling
with digestive disease and issues like IBS? Jordan:You know, I’ve heard a statement that
one out of two people, if not two out of three, will suffer from what you would call IBS at
least temporarily in their lifetime. So IBS is typically chronic and it is predominantly
alternating constipation and diarrhea, but now there’s IBS-C, which is more prone to
constipation, IBS-D. Women are more likely to have IBS than men. I believe that that has to do with, what they’re
actually willing to share. I think that it’s fairly equal but women are
more willing to go to the doctor, talk about it, etc. But women tend to have more IBS on the constipation
side, whereas men will have more IBS on the loose bowel side. Now understand, this is not Crohn’s disease,
this is not ulcerative colitis, but IBS in the past used to be called colitis nervous
stomach, which is a little insulting, right, or spastic colon. So back in the day, IBS was collectively referred
to all those conditions. But if you’re someone who is always bloated,
you’re constipated, you’re dealing with gas, indigestion, you will likely be lumped in
the IBS. It’s a catch-all, there’s no pathology. We’re going to do other programs on inflammatory
bowel disease, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis. But if you do have IBD, which is what I suffered
from, tune in. These principles are going to help virtually
anyone with digestive issues. But we are focused today on Irritable Bowel
Syndrome, and the tens of millions of people who have it. Josh:Yeah, Jordan. I’ll say, there’s actually a lot of people
today because I’ve had a lot of patients come in my clinic over the years in the past to
where struggling with, as you’re saying, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating is a big one. And some of them didn’t even realize that
if they would have gone into a conventional doctor, they would have been diagnosed with
IBS. So if you’re struggling with any digestive
issue, especially gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or IBS, these tips today we’re
going to get in are going to help you. And I guarantee some of these tips that we’re
going to go over are really going to surprise you and they could transform your digestive
health. Jordan:Folks listen, virtually everyone needs
help with their gut. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need help. And here’s something you should understand,
both Josh and I have been coaching and helping people overcome health challenges for years
one-on-one. It’s been one-on-one often but now we do a
lot of research and a lot of sharing and people will text me, “I have a friend of a friend,
or my cousin, or my father,” and I want to help everybody that I can but this literally
will be a health coaching session. So if you know someone who could benefit,
this information has taken us years and it’s worth, its weight in gold. If you’re suffering from IBS, I remember years
ago watching a video, people in the UK literally doubled over in pain, depression follows,
suicidal thoughts. When your gut hurts, nothing is right. So if you know somebody that needs help with
their gut, adult or child, tell them to tune in now. Information here will absolutely change your
life. It did mine. Josh:Absolutely, Jordan. So let’s jump into step number one, or secret
number one when it comes to overcoming IBS. Talk to us about why we should avoid disaccharides,
and what is a disaccharide? Jordan:Well, I like to start off with a really
long word to make you understand, just how smart we are, right? You always want to do that. A disaccharide is a double sugar, so “di”
is double, saccharide is a term for sugar. Disaccharides include lactose and dairy, almost
everyone with IBS is also lactose intolerant, it’s over 50%. Starches, so we’re talking about grains, even
healthy grains have disaccharide. So wheat, barley, oats, rye. People say, “But I thought they had gluten.” Gluten is a protein, disaccharide is the starch. And years ago, Elaine Gottschall who wrote,
“Breaking the Vicious Cycle”, back in the day it was called food in the gut reaction,
the SCD diet. She was a personal friend of mine and helped
mentor me in my early days. And she thought that disaccharides might actually
be more dangerous than gluten. But they always occur together, they’re never
one without the other so who’s the culprit and who’s the accomplice? I don’t know. So those are two big ones, starches and grains,
lactose but also starches in potatoes, that include sweet potatoes, corn, right? Corn raw I usually say as a vegetable cooked
is more of a grain but corn has disaccharides. Soy has various phytates that I would also
lump into this as well. Table sugar, maple syrup, and you want to
be careful with fructooligosaccharides. FOS is something that you find in probiotics,
and it is found in other foods. Agave is very rich in FOS, which is why I
don’t recommend agave. So disaccharides cause issues. So many people that go on a low-carb or paleo
type diet feel better in their gut. One of the main reasons, it’s because they
avoid disaccharides. Now just so you know, if you’re someone who
says, “I don’t really have IBS but occasionally my gut doesn’t feel well. There’s a way to reduce disaccharides and
still consume the foods, fermentation.” So sourdough whole-grain bread would have
less disaccharides. Yogurt, kefir, amasi, and cheese which is
fermented dairy would have less disaccharides. Fermented soy, etc. But those are the big ones, the corn, the
potatoes, the grains, almost every grain not seeds but grains, dairy that has lactose,
sugar, and maple syrup all have disaccharides. And when you start to eliminate them, you
will feel better so quickly. I bet three days and you’re going to feel
significantly better. The only way you know that, though, is if
you write it down. It shocks me how many people that I work with,
“Do you feel better?” “I don’t know.” Because here’s the deal, when you have a headache,
you tell everyone you have a headache, right? But how many times do you walk around, “Hey,
I don’t have a headache right now.” You know when it hurts, you’re unaware sometimes
when you’re better. So write down your symptoms, rank them, gas,
bloating, indigestion, how many bowel movements you have? What the form is? I know this is kind of gross, but it’s a Tuesday
morning we, can get into that. That’s how you know. So disaccharides, if there’s one thing you
do, this could make a huge difference. Josh:Yeah absolutely. So again, some of this information might be
new to you but think about all the people right now, who are struggling with digestive
issues. Maybe its gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation,
IBS symptoms, and even another condition that comes into mind, Jordan, that is growing in
popularity is SIBO, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, which I know. Disaccharides could cause issues with this
as well. And so again, we’re talking potatoes, we’re
talking whole grains. If somebody’s doing sweet potatoes, maple
syrup, whole grains, typically they would think, “Hey, I’m eating healthy.” Jordan:Yes, yes. Josh:At the same time, that can be the root
cause of digestive issues. And so we’re going to jump here into step
number two. But Jordan, give our audience, what would
be your favorite sweetener to replace maple syrup? Jordan:Absolutely, it’s a great question. What are monosaccharides? If disaccharides are bad, monosaccharides
are the sweets that are best. Honey’s really the best. Now, monosaccharides would be glucose and
fructose but don’t go out and buy fructose. Fructose can cause problems with the liver. It’s not a great sweetener, but honey is my
favorite sweetener. Now, I know some people, I can even tell that
your phone is magically having commented say, “What about stevia? What about this? I heard that’s good.” I don’t love sweetening things with non-caloric
sweeteners, but they are okay when it comes to the gut. You know, what’s not okay in my opinion, I’m
not a big fan of xylitol, maltitol, and sorbitol. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but
those are sugar alcohols which behave just like disaccharides. Honey is God created, and it’s good. Josh:Yeah. Jordan read a study not too long ago about
xylitol actually contributing to intestinal permeability. Jordan:Absolutely. Josh:So leaky gut syndrome… Jordan:Absolutely, absolutely. Josh:Other digestive issues. Question here from Jennifer, she says, “What
about coconut sugar?” Jordan:That’s a great question, and it is
one of favorite sweeteners. Coconut sugars, half and half. Coconut sugar is not a disaccharide sweetener
necessarily. It’s got a little bit of both. If you are seriously compromised, no sweetener
or honey is best, date sugar actually is another monosaccharide rich sugar. Coconut sugar is good for so many reasons
because it’s a real food, but it is similar to maple in that it comes from sap. I do think that it’s good. It’s probably my second favorite sweetener. Date sugar is harder to find but honey, I
use . . . Josh:Honey is the best. Jordan:. . . honey to sweeten things 95% of the time. Josh:Absolutely. I’m with you on that. All right, let’s jump into number two here. And guys, as we’ve been talking about, this
is a big one. Jordan, there are millions of people walking
into doctor’s office today, they’re given steroids, they’re given painkillers, they’re
given medications to try and just, you know, just basically work with the symptoms and
not really take care of the root cause Jordan:Quality, this is root stuffs. Josh:So number two here, we’re going to get
into the root of the matter with ginger. You like that? Jordan:That’s actually a rhizome but very
good. Josh:Okay, there we go. Get one. Jordan:Ginger is one of the best gut supporting
products period. How do you consume ginger? I like making a tea or a decoction. And just for you foodies out there or your
tea aficionados, it’s not technically a tea unless you have the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. However, I’m going to call it a tea because
if I said an “herbal infusion”, you might wonder what it is, but hot ginger is awesome. Mixed with lemon and honey, it’s truly amazing. You can take ginger in supplement form. Candy ginger wouldn’t work because it’s got
sugar which is a disaccharide. Ginger is great in juice, it’s awesome in
juice. When you make veggie juice, juice with some
ginger, you will absolutely love it. But ginger has many compounds that help calm
the gut. We know it’s good for occasional nausea, it’s
good for bloating, it’s probably one of the top two herbs or spices—we’ll talk about
the other one later—for your gut, really, really good. Josh:Yeah. And I’ll mention this with ginger just a couple
of compounds, one compound it has is zinger bean which is actually an enzyme that’s very
similar, we’ve talked about kiwi and some of these other fruits, but it’s an enzyme
that actually breaks down proteins within the body which is great. Also it contains gingerols, which contain
a lot of the anti-inflammatory compounds. So a lot of disease today, including IBS,
can be caused when you have inflammation in your gut and gut lining and that’s why ginger
it’s one of my absolute favorite superfoods out there for treating IBS. Even Crohn’s, colitis, leaky gut syndrome,
gas, bloating. It’s been shown clinically to benefit, the
digestive tract in so many ways. And a few ways I like to do it, Jordan, I
love juicing it. As you’ve said, I love doing actually pickled
ginger, sometimes I do it with salmon is a great way to get it, as you talked about. Actually just putting it in a pot of water
and letting it simmer for 30 minutes along with some other herbs there, making a decoction
or a tea out of it, so beneficial. So one action step, if you want to do something
immediately and notice the difference in your health. Hey, add some good ginger root into your diet,
in a tea, in a smoothie. I’ll add it to, you know, an Asian dish and
grate it in there. So ginger, an amazing herb there. Jordan:It’s wonderful. Josh:So Jordan, we’re going to jump into number
three here, unveil it, here we go. Peppermint essential oil, but Jordan talks
to me a little about how you personally use peppermint essential oil? Jordan:Peppermint can be used in many ways. It can be used to make a delicious drink,
it can be used in recipes, you’ve talked about thin mint smoothies, etc. I just love it put in my mouth, or on my toothpaste,
I can never get enough of it. So every day, I put peppermint oil on my toothpaste
in the morning, three drops or so. I don’t care how many are on there, it’s
awesome. But also, peppermint oil has been very well
documented in an enteric-coated capsule. And we can’t make this, this is a product
but peppermint oil in an enteric-coated capsule has had significant benefit for gut issues
and IBS. So if you look for a supplement that is enteric-coated
peppermint oil or if you have a two-piece hard shell vegetable capsule, you can put
peppermint oil along with coconut oil in there. When you take it by mouth, it doesn’t necessarily
get to the gut fully but it’s still really, really good. And of course you can make other recipes with
peppermint oil. You can make peppermint ice cream. Josh:Oh yeah. Jordan:Every time you consume peppermint oil,
it soothes the gut and when you are in the midst of an IBS attack… Josh:Yeah. Jordan:Because IBS can cause attacks, pain,
doubling over, it’s a great time to take a couple drops of peppermint oil orally and
topically with a carrier oil. Josh:You know, chamomile oil can be great
because it reduces stress. That’s one of the things I know that we’ll
talk and we’ll unveil in a little bit is some of what we believe are the most beneficial
ways to reduce stress and remove that stress that can be on the gut, which we know can
be a major cause there of IBS as well. So and I just want to mention a few other
oils here that you guys recommended. I believe pepper peppermint number one, ginger
number two. Fennel is great as well. Citrus oils are fantastic. And then even oils like chamomile and lavender
to reduce stress can be great. You know, Jordan, one of the things I’ve recommended
patients do for years is take a healing bath, and so, you know, do one cup of Epsom salts,
get in a bath. You could do a little bit of lavender, chamomile,
a little peppermint in the tub. Sit there and just soak and relax for 20 minutes
in a hot tub. It’s a great way to use essential oils to
naturally relieve stress. All right, Jordan, so that’s peppermint oil. Let’s jump into number four here, soluble
fiber. And Jordan, talk to us about soluble fiber. Jordan:And let me mention this before I do,
this is not all-inclusive. In fact, there are several other steps, tips,
keys, secrets, if you will, that are available to you. This is not all-encompassing but we believe
that these 10 little nuggets can help virtually everybody improve their digestion. So soluble fiber is interesting. It dissolves in water, as opposed to insoluble. And when you have gut issues, particularly
IBS, soluble fiber can be good for you. Now, some people will turn to psyllium husk,
which is soluble and it can help people. The challenge is it is so absorbent or what
you would call hydrophilic, it loves water, that it actually could cause gas and bloating,
and some issues, and even, it can cause some other things that people don’t want when they’re
dealing with the gut. So not to say that psyllium is bad. But if you’re someone who has been used to
taking psyllium, soluble fiber and psyllium are not necessarily synonymous. There are other sources. In fact, one that’s been studied for IBS is
acacia fiber or acacia gum. There are actually some medical foods out
there with acacia. And my little daughter Isabella who’s almost
four has had some digestive challenges and we give her acacia fiber each and every day,
one teaspoon, and it has helped. So acacia fiber can be good, but if you’re
looking for a whole food solution, there are fruits that are wonderful sources of soluble
fiber for people who have IBS. Kiwi is my favorite. Josh:Yum. Jordan:Now, it’s soluble and insoluble, no
fruit is strictly soluble or insoluble but kiwi’s a good one. Blueberries are high in soluble fiber. Mango, you know that many people have really
good gut results by consuming fresh or even dried mango and it’s so easy to find. So those are three, there’s several others
and one of my favorites is orange. Josh:Okay. Jordan:Orange is a really good source of soluble
fiber. If you’ve got serious gut issues, I like to
consume at night kiwi fruit and orange. Shop organic if you can. Not only are they rich in vitamin C, but they’re
a great source of soothing soluble fiber that can help your bowel. So kiwi, blueberries, as well as oranges and
mango. Certainly people like apples, etc., but those
are a little higher in insoluble fiber and some people who are very sensitive can be
bothered by them. Josh:Jordan, we’ve got a question here from
Tia Hall, she says, “What about flax?” Jordan:We’re going to get to seeds in just
a moment, so a hold tight. Flax is a combination of soluble and insoluble
fiber and, you know, what else is a great source of soluble fiber is pumpkin. I know people that take canned pumpkin, mix
it with coconut cream. And keep in mind, when you buy coconut cream,
there’s coconut butter, buy coconut milk in a can. Not in a carton. Actually it’s better in a can, believe it
not. And all the cream comes to the top and then
there’s water on the bottom. So you pour the water out you get the best
stuff and mix a little bit of that or some butter, some honey, and some vanilla in pumpkin
pie. Just puree, it is a great source of bulking
fiber for the gut. It is really, really good. It’s a gourd, a squash but it is very, very
soothing and it’s not talked about very much. Josh:Oh yeah, Jordan, another question here. This is from Bella. She said, “Are the same fruits you mentioned
also good for ulcerative colitis?” Jordan:That’s a great question. If you have ulcerative colitis and you have
loose bowels, and I know that sounds strange because most people think of course bloody
bowel movements. It’s not always the case. I know people with U.C. and Crohn’s that have
constipation. Josh:Yeah. Jordan:But if you’ve got ulcerative colitis
and you have loose, unformed stools, those fruits are great. I’d start with pumpkin, pumpkin is really
good. But blueberries are good, chew them very well,
and of course the others that I mentioned. Mango’s surprising, and orange is surprising,
most people don’t associate that with gut health. They are all helpful. Kiwi may be my favorite. So soluble fiber from food. Acacia is good, just start slowly because
it’s just fiber. I like to try the fruit first. Josh:Jordan, one more question before we jump
into number five. Another question is, “Are these foods also
good for SIBO?” Jordan:Are these foods also good for SIBO? It depends. My opinion is that SIBO is mainly caused by
disaccharides. There’s a lot of diets and theories out there. FODMAPs which I’m not even going to go into
all of that where people say, that oliols and certain oligosaccharides are a problem
and you can’t have avocado. I don’t get that deep. If you need it that deep, then you should
just be consuming meat and a few vegetables, right? Josh:Yeah. Jordan:Because you can. Josh:Sure. Jordan:Or broth all the time. I do believe that those fruits consumed in
the right quantities, which is a smaller amount, with some fat, provided the rest of your diet
has some good gut balancing products and foods, can be really good. Josh:Yeah and I found, Jordan too, one bigger
issue with SIBO is definitely over eating or eating foods that are going to sit in your
stomach for a while. So eating things that are more easily digested
can definitely help. Jordan:That’s why we’re here. Josh:All right guys we have number five here,
chia seeds. And chia seeds are really incredible for so
many reasons. Jordan, why don’t you talk a little about
chia seeds? Jordan:Chia is a combination of soluble and
insoluble fiber, but what’s great about chia, it’s got a mucilaginous property to it. So does flax, but flax is different because
you can’t just swallow flax and get benefits. For years though they would boil flax seeds
and strain the water off and it was like a gel. Josh:Oh yeah. Jordan:Really soothing for the gut. Chia can be soothing for the gut. You can consume the seeds straight. I like to consume chia mixed in dairy products,
kombucha, etc. Ground chia is wonderful as a source of another
fiber product. Two to three tablespoons a day, and work up
to that of chia, I find is a little better than flax, again because of its versatility
but there are also other herbs and seeds. Fenugreek, marshmallow root can be really
good. It does tend to cause some gas when you consume
it. Slippery elm is another, those are all mucilaginous,
fibrous, herbs, spices, etc. But chia seeds are great for the gut. They’re not going to work right away as
a laxative would, but I would work up to two to three tablespoons a day. Again, you can just mix them in water, whole,
let it gel, you’ve got a spoon in for a while, it will gel and the gel is very soothing
to the gut. Josh:Yeah. One of the things, Jordan, I love doing with
chia seeds, is making a chia seed pudding, a chocolate chia seed pudding using some coconut
cream, and cacao, and things like that, or just coconut cream. But chia seeds can be great. We have some questions about Jordan. Do you have anything specific we can do as
a quick constipation remedy if somebody has chronic and long-term constipation? Jordan:Absolutely. Josh:Actually answer that now and then we
will jump into probiotics here. Jordan:If you need fast, effective relief,
when it comes to laxatives it can be very challenging because typically when you’re
looking at cascara, senna, etc., they can be a little bit rough. Cathartic laxatives. And that can move the bowel whether you’re
dead or alive and that’s quite literal. But when it comes to overcoming constipation,
we talked about this in a recent program, get hydrated, number one. Number two, consume enough fats. I think one of the best constipation relieving
remedies, is a couple of ounces of olive oil. Long-chain fats, avocados are good somebody
mentioned. Long-chain fats can be very beneficial so,
that’s number two. Number three is probiotics, which we’re going
to talk about in a moment. Particularly probiotics that have bacillus. Bacillus coagulans is one of the best studied
probiotics for constipation. You can find it in a lot of foods and commercially
available. Kombucha is now in supplements, etc. And then number four would be fiber. I think chia seeds are great but if you want
to really move your bowels, take two tablespoons of olive oil up to two ounces. It’s kind of yucky to just drink olive oil
but you can do it. Flaxseed oil’s another alternative. And then add those fruits I mentioned. Two kiwis, they’re small, some mango is really
good, and you can have blueberries as we talked about. The other option is to do the pumpkin coconut
recipe. So all of those are good in my opinion for
constipation. They’re not going to work overnight always. But they will get things moving. Josh:Yeah. And I’ll say this, and by the way my mom loves
it when I talked about her constipation on air. Jordan:I’m sure she does. Josh:Hey, mom. But my own mom struggled with chronic constipation
for years, having sometimes just one bowel movement a week for years. And Jordan what we did is we started doing
a mixture of goat’s milk, kefir, and flax meal. She did that every day, she would do carrot
juice with two tablespoons of flax seed oil. Jordan:Great, great. Josh:Like you’re saying and she would also
eat blueberries throughout the day, do lots of water and she would do a mini trampoline
or rebounder. Jordan:Mimi trampoline is really great. And look, last time we talked about our moms,
Josh said his mom got our new multivitamin, mine didn’t. Not to be outdone, my mom had chronic constipation
even worse than your mom. So oops…let’s go talk about… Josh:Wait until I talk about mom’s toenail
fungus. Okay, okay here we go. Jordan:Yeah, yeah, I knew it. Josh:All right, so number six. We’re going to talk about probiotics to benefit
IBS. I’m going to talk about a few things here
then pass this onto Jordan. So probiotics are crucial, Jordan. We live in this age today of antibiotics. You know, I’ll say for a majority of the patients
I took care of over the years, one of the number one causes of leaky gut and inflammatory
bowel disease was them taking a prescription antibiotic as a kid, taking it over, and over,
and over again through the years. Those antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria,
they kill the good bacteria that line your gut, those probiotics. And so we know probiotics are important for
so many things, nutrient absorption, digestion, protection of the gut lining. You know, probiotics actually produce enzymes
that can help break down your food for you. They are actually responsible for helping
produce certain vitamins like K2, certain types of fatty acids. Probiotics are a big deal and I would guess,
Jordan, that 98% of people have an imbalance in having enough good bacteria in their gut. And I know this is something that I know I’ve
been used in the past. And talk to us about, probiotics, how they
can benefit IBS and also are there specific types or species of probiotics we should be
looking for? Jordan:There are. And keep this in mind, you can get probiotics
from food. You mentioned that your mom consumed goat
milk kefir. That’s a source of probiotics. Sauerkraut, if your gut is not really, really
cranky, you could do well to consume sauerkraut or kimchi and I’ll talk about why in just
a moment. Other fermented foods can be really, really
good as well. But two particular probiotic species that
are great for IBS are lactobacillus plantarum that comes from sauerkraut but it’s also available
in supplements, and Bacillus coagulans. In fact, Bacillus coagulans was just approved
in Canada to make an IBS claim. Josh:Wow. Jordan:But that’s a big deal for Health Canada. So both of those probiotics are helpful for
alternating constipation and diarrhea, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bacillus coagulans, I’ve used
them for years. I really like them. Consumes sauerkraut, you can consume some
other fermented foods. Natto is really, really good. Any Bacillus, I think, is great for SIBO,
which is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, IBS, etc. And they create enzymes to break down your
food. Bottom line if you’re on IBS, you need a probiotic
and you need lots of it. Josh:Yeah. Absolutely, so couldn’t agree more. So get those probiotic and here’s the thing,
you want to make sure when you’re taking a probiotic, I recommend getting a certified
organic probiotic. Looking for species, again Jordan’s saying
the Bacillus species, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus subtilis, great probiotics. And those aren’t just food based in a way,
those are actually titled and a lot of times soil based probiotics. We should be getting on a regular basis so. Let’s unveil step number seven here in order
to help stop IBS. So Jordan, talk to us about your favorite
sources of resistant starch. And also there’s some new nut out there I
know that’s becoming really popular and it’s a source resist of starch. Jordan:Absolutely, it’s a nut, that’s not
a nut. It’s called the tiger nut. And I think that’s for the shock factor. Tiger nuts are actually small tubers and there’s
a really great company. There’s a few companies that make tiger nuts,
they’re small they’re very high in fiber. Sometimes you can get them peeled. I’ve seen tiger nut horchata, which is a beverage
that you can drink. There’s tiger nut flour to make in smoothies,
but tiger nuts are high in resistant starch, really high in fiber, and if you start slowly
consuming them, they are very, very good. They’re kind of sweet. They’re very chewy and you can find them at
your local health food store or online. So, tiger nuts are my favorite source or resistant
starch. I think anyone with IBS, gas, or bloating
can benefit from tiger nuts. Josh:Wow. Jordan:Potato starch isn’t a food, it’s
not nutritious. It’s not organic. I don’t recommend potato starch. You get the same benefits and more from tiger
nuts. And if you’re on a nut-free diet it’s not
really a nut, it’s a really small tuber that many people say was a large source of our
diet thousands of years ago. Josh:And one of the great things about resistant
starches, Jordan, is they can actually support probiotics . . . Jordan:They can. Josh:. . . in a body as well. Jordan:They can, it’s a prebiotic, absolutely. Josh:So sort of imagine yourself as if we’re
getting all these probiotics, yeah .as these seeds that are going to grow in your system
we need some good fertilizer there as well. That’s a great reason to get quality resistant
starch in your diet from tiger nuts. In fact, I had a company recently, Jordan,
send me some free product. They sent me the tiger nuts as well as the
flour and actually had some great cooking recipes of tiger nut pancakes and waffles
and things like that. Jordan:And in case you’re wondering, I know
people say, “Well, you tell me to buy tiger nuts, what brand?” I’m guessing that it was Organic Gemini out
of Brooklyn, New York. Josh:Yes. Jordan:So they’re good people. Organic Gemini has really good tiger nut products. They’ve got tiger nut oil. I just love it when somebody comes out with
a great concept and in fact I want to mention, Josh and I are going to be at Natural Products
Expo East in a couple of weeks, actually next week. Josh:Next week, yeah. Jordan:And so what we’ll do is, we’ll find
some of the coolest new products. This is a tradeshow where all of the industry
gets together and brings their new foods and beverages. And I need to keep this guy focused because
he’ll just be walking around with my son Joshua, getting samples of everything, and we’re actually
going there to work. Josh:And for fun. Jordan:But that’s a great new product and
I really love it when somebody comes up with something innovative that can benefit people. So, tiger nuts, it’s just cool. I kind of wish I came up with that. Josh:Oh yeah. Jordan, let’s talk about the benefits of digestive
enzymes for IBS specifically. Jordan:Now, I’m going to stand back here because
the main benefit of digestive enzymes is, because you’re still going to eat disaccharides,
they break them down. So think about it. If you take digestive enzymes with meals,
lactase will help you digest lactose. Invertase or sucrase helps you digest table
sugar and maple syrup. Cellulase helps you digest raw plant fiber,
which we can’t digest. We don’t have the enzyme. And the list goes on and on. Amylase is for starch. I have to say that someone with IBS, the number
one product I may recommend for them is a broad spectrum digestive enzyme. Josh:Oh yeah. Yeah, that might surprise some people. Again, I know any time I’ve recommended products,
Jordan, for IBS, these two right here, it’s been probiotics and enzymes every single time. And people ask that a lot because, you know,
when you go online and start researching sometimes there’s like, hey here’s the 50 different
supplements and are beneficial for this condition. As you’re saying IBS, you want to take digestive
enzymes, probiotics. That’s the perfect one-two punch there you
want to follow and of course diet is number one. But those things can definitely benefit the
body. When you’re buying enzymes, I typically recommend
people looking for certified organic supplements when you’re going to go buy a supplement brand
there as well. And I can say, this can be big as well. Number one is disaccharides. Often times although for certain proteins
such as gluten, I know its fine not as much of a problem in IBS. But it can be, so again, digestive enzymes
can support the breakdown of those things as well. So I’m going to talk about broth here, one
of my absolutely favorite superfoods. And listen, broth can include chicken broth,
it can be beef broth. I know that you and I, Jordan, love mushroom
broth. Jordan:Yeah. Josh:We call it “shroom broth.” So many benefits. Chaga, you know, we’ve talked about that as
well. So again. we love broth, and the reason why broth is
so beneficial, let’s talk about chicken broth. Chicken broth contains type 2 collagen which
specifically can be used as a repair substance by the body for your joints and your cartilage,
also for your gut lining. You know, Jordan, I’ve written a book called
“Eat Dirt” and written several articles on leaky gut syndrome. And leaky gut and IBS can absolutely be connected
and correlated in certain instances. But I love broth because it’s one of the best
foods for supporting the repair of the digestive lining. And it’s one of the easiest things for your
body to absorb and digest. And, Jordan, I think . . . I know one of the
things that you and I have both taught over the years is having people do a broth cleanse
and really just focus on getting broth in their diet. This also is part of Chinese medicine. They call it “one pot”, where you’re putting
in things like chicken, chicken broth, then lots of veggies, and ginger root as part of
a soup. I think it is the perfect meal for anybody
suffering with IBS is doing a chicken soup. Jordan:Absolutely. Josh:On a regular basis. Jordan:Now broth would seem to be the opposite
of raw juice but it’s really very similar. Broth has colloids, hydrophilic colloids in
a similar fashion that juice does. I can tell you, if you have IBS, particularly
the loose bowel kind or the spastic kind, raw juice is no good. I mean, it typically will cause loose bowels. Broth is amazing. Veggie broth is good. Josh:Oh yeah. Jordan:Miso, just putting miso, which is fermented
soy bean paste, in warm water. The warming itself helps to soothe in general. So, broth is really, really amazing. And the number one, and I don’t want to
say number one because it’s the number one way to heal IBS but it’s the number, I would
say, common denominator in all people that have IBS, and that is stress. Josh:I mean, I can tell you right now, Jordan,
and myself and working with a lot of patients, that stress can affect or cause a trigger
irritable bowel syndrome just as much as if somebody went out and ate some disaccharides
they shouldn’t or some gluten or something else where they’ll notice a reaction. We know emotional stress absolutely wreaks
havoc on the digestive system. And some of the tips that I’m going to talk
about then, Jordan, I’ll pass it to you and you can talk about your top tips in reducing
stress. You know, Jordan, one of the things that I’ve
done for years and taught patients to do is start off every morning the right way with
a spiritual triathlon. I believe it’s a great way to reduce stress,
spending the first five minutes every morning saying everything you’re grateful for. But that’s really the way that I love to start
my day is five minutes of praise and what I’m grateful for. Whether it’s just you start saying what you’re
grateful, you start praising God for everything you’ve been given, it’s a great way. The next five minutes, I like to read a devotional
or something that really supports growth. And so really reading something that’s very
positive in nature, and then the next five minutes I’ll spend either in prayer or meditation
and visualization. Really being outward in prayer or just sort
of visualizing and meditating on what I learned. I found for me, when I start off every morning
like that with that spiritual triathlon, it changes the rest of my day, it relieves stress. So I love doing that. I love getting out in nature. I think too many of us today are stuck inside. There’s something about walking on the beach,
there’s something about walking out in the woods or grass that is just freeing to the
body as well. And last but not least I mentioned this with
essential oils earlier, taking a healing bath at night, some Epsom salts, some essential
oils, soaking in the bath is big. And I want to talk to those moms out there,
Jordan, I know, and some dads but especially moms, especially you get almost zero you time. If you’re a mom right now, and you know that
you need more you time, can you get an Amen if it’s like, hey, kids at soccer practice
and you’re rushing around, and maybe you’re even working part-time or full-time. Or you’re just…your schedule is packed. When was the last time you had three hours
or a half a day completely to yourself ? Jordan:He’s only asking because we’re going
to do a three-hour program to take the time up if you have it but… Josh:So exactly. So I just think that one of the best things
you can do is schedule in you know, biblically a Sabbath or just time to rest. Maybe it’s just two or three hours a week,
and you’re doing lunch with a best friend. Maybe my mom goes and walks around the mall,
or exercise, or some sort of class but scheduling time for you, I think, it’s an important way
to reduce stress as well. Jordan:It is and there’s several additional
areas. Josh mentioned going outside. Walking barefoot in the grass, or on the sand
of the beach is great. Exercise is important, mini-trampoline is
a great way. But exercise is great for stress, really,
really important. Massage, deep breathing is really good for
stress. Let me, let me give a shout out. I’m not going to do this every program, I
promise, but my children and my wife are hopefully watching today. But I want to illustrate a point. Yesterday I got home and my kids were telling
me about our program yesterday and how they were taking notes and they are using our Ancient
Medicine Today program as their nutrition or even part of their science curriculum. And you know what I love about it? It reinforces why I give them things. Because then if they say, “Dad why are you
making me eat whatever?” Oh, you remember on the TV, they hook it,
the computer up to the TV and anything on TV is the truth for kids. You know what I mean, but moms, get your kids
to watch. You would be so surprised if you think your
kids are resistant to eating the way that you want them to eat to this lifestyle. When they own it, when they take internalize
it, it becomes amazing. It says in Proverbs 22:6 train a child in
the way they should go and when they’re old they will not depart from it. So make this a family affair. So many of you are enjoying these programs. Tell a friend, share this message because
I guarantee if you made a list, you know half a dozen people if not more that have IBS and
others that are not telling you they do because let’s face it, it’s a hidden disease. Years ago, people didn’t want to talk about
this. It was not okay to talk about your guts. It was, “He has a lot of stomachaches, he
has nervous stomach, he has failure to thrive, and he’s weak and sick.” There is an answer to IBS, gas, bloating,
diverticulitis, celiac disease, and the list goes on and on chronic constipation, c-diff,
SIBO, a lot of names, one cause and we want to get to the bottom of it. Josh:What do you think about protein shakes
for IBS? Jordan:Here’s the issue, protein is typically
isolated. So I believe that if you’re suffering from
IBS and you’re consuming a protein with pea or rice protein, I just don’t feel good about
that. Now probably the only protein that I would
recommend of the plant variety would be hemp, but even that can be a little rough because
of the way that it’s processed, but it is pretty good. Egg, dairy, is not my favorite. So when it comes to protein you’ve got to
be very careful to consume a real food protein powder when you’ve got gut sensitivity. Look for one that is gut friendly. But for many people, stick to food, or a real
food protein, and there’s not too many of them. Josh:Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get more great
content on things like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine. Also check out more of our content on my YouTube
channel. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Home Remedies for IBS

  1. Is Vegetable broth just as healthy for you as the bone broth? I have been a vegetarian for many years and i am not sure I can drink the bone broth. What is the best way to buy a vegetable broth or should I make it?

  2. HOW DOES ONE AFFORD THESE SUPPLEMENTS?? Many people in this country can barely afford Mac and cheese for dinner?

  3. THESE TWO HAVE MORE CHEMISTRY THAN KELLY & RYAN…LOL!
    I WAS USED TO DR AXE ALONE FIRST, BUT HIS COMPADRE WON ME OVER BECAUSE HE'S VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BECAUSE HE'S BEEN THERE WITH DIGESTIVE USSUES…JUST LIKE US.

  4. Well, pretty much all probiotics have FOS or Inulin. I checked. Every L. Reuteri probiotic seems to contain that. It's an important probiotic, but it seems so hard to find one without that. And I thought potatoes were low FODMAP, but here you're telling us not to eat potatoes. Honey is not low FODMAP.

  5. Dear Dr. Josh Axe, would you help out? i have PUD. All of a sudden when i feel cold my abdomen gets bloated and flatulence gets so high? i cant identify my disease what do you think this could be?

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  8. Hi! Lymphomatic colitis here…
    I'm on day three of your collegen 5 part cleanse. I'm doing fine also…
    I reached out recently purchased a hemp oil, Will this break my fast?

  9. I really enjoy listening to you both. But you always talk about what you shouldn't eat. The bad sugars. No potatoes no sweet potatoes no this no that. I have severe chronic diarrhea daily if not every other day. I am just about to lose it. I can't work, I can't sing in the choir. I am afraid to leave my house. I have to know where all the local bathrooms are if I do go out and I live on Imodium. And I'm also a diabetic trying to do that naturally also. I'm beginning to think that the only thing I can eat is meat. I just wish there was somebody that could just tell me what I'm supposed to do to stop this diarrhea. I'm desperate

  10. So what what are you do if you don't like all that kefir and fermented stuff because you know it doesn't taste good. So we just have to suffer because we don't like sour Foods?

  11. I went on the rice and fruit diet (well a variation of it) and it helped tremendously, but sadly a year later I'm starting to get some of my symptoms back. I didn't go on the diet for ibs, but it oddly helped out a lot. I think most of my stomach problems comes from the overly processed foods.

  12. I have this doctors i was born with it and because of it i suffer from migraine headaches many doctors done so many studies i stop drinking all their medicine i went online on those syntom checkers and this was my diagnosis i told my doctor he said just change your diet but im still trying to get instructed on what foods to eat i get frustrated on what to cook. Thank you both doctors i got an idea and more educated on what i have now to take care of myself God bless you both Praise the Lord for all your help.

  13. With the chicken broth recommendation? Anything a Vegan can take instead? Other than the Miso? 🙂

  14. You two men have virtually guided me through my dis-ease. Mentally, physically and spiritually this is so well rounded! I cannot thank you two enough! Please keep strongly fighting for us and our health. Thank you God for calling them!!

  15. Lots of great advice here!!!

    I cured my IBS with baking soda overdose about once a week. I generally do this early in the morning, before eating. It involves gulping down 3 to 5 teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of water. Over the next hour drink 2 or 3 cups of hot coffee. Then switch to cold water. Drink as much as you can. This should induce a bowel movement followed by very watery diarrhea. (Stay close to a toilet.) You may feel nauseous while this is happening but after 2 or 3 hours you will feel fantastic–no more bloating/spasms.

    At first I would do this about ever other day. But since doing it regularly it seems my gut has healed and I need to do this less often.

    I used to have chronic sleep problems related to IBS. It involved spasms and RLS (restless leg syndrome). Often these symptoms would last for days or weeks. You might even say I had somewhat of a personality disorder due to the chronic lack of sleep–I lived a life of desperation. I was always on edge. It was a struggle just to feign normalcy. Now everything is easy. It's even easier to eat right because I don't have the cravings I used to have.

    I should also mention that I have learned to be very aware of food additives, including citric acid. These used to induce severe episodes of bloating and spasms. Since doing the regular baking soda cleanses I am less sensitive. But I still avoid fast food and read a lot of labels in supermarkets.

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  16. I was constantly having diarrhea. But then I found God and Jesus. Now I live a diarrhea free life! My my gut, my butt and my pants have never been this happy! Hallelujah! 😉

  17. Hey so I’ve been having chronic stomach pain and constant nausea for about 2 years now. The pain is so bad that I can’t leave my house or work. It’s almost impossible for me to go to Dr appointments as well. This pain and nausea has also given me the worst anxiety/depression in the world. Which doesn’t help not wanting to leave for fear of throwing up in public or in the car or going number 2 on myself. I have had an upper endoscopy, MRI’s, CT scans, and ultra sounds and nothing has shown up. I’m starting to think I have IBS OR UC but the fact that I am in immense pain on top of almost shitting my pants all day, I’m thinking it’s something a little more serious. Something that can’t be seen. Any ideas? Please help me.

  18. I have gastritis and IBS. And both are giving me really a difficult life. My doctor suggested me to emiminate foods containing fodmap which is more suitable for IBS but the low fodmap diet is not good for gastritis. Please advise me. I'm really confused now. Thanks…

  19. Thank you for all this great information! As regards probiotics, is it true that there is not enough information to know if Bacillus coagulans is safe to use? On a site it further states that this Bacillus coagulans has not been studied in people. Can you advise on this please?

  20. Wow,that is amazing.All the thing you guys mentioned I use as my healthy option. I have it and I'm always bloated. Oat milk,oatmeal,sweet potato,agave,corn etc ,OMG
    Thank you so much,I will clear my diet from all that and see how my stomach react. I'm just tired of having cramps,bloating and I'm healthy,clean eater. Well,that's what I thought lol
    So what about rice? Can I have that as my carbs?

  21. I have suffered from stomach illness for a long time. I became lactose 3 years ago. I found out on my own. I started getting sick 6 months ago, after 2 months of going to doctors i was diagnosed with Hplori. After the medication, the sickness came back, took 2 more test for Hplori they were negative. I knew my headache was coming from my stomach. Moved to a new state, new doctor( doesn’t help). I was having abdominal pain tonight, watched the first half of this video, then had some ginger.👏🏿 i cant believe the result. By the way doctors made me take HIV test 🤬 because they didn’t know my stomach issues.

  22. i.b.s cause…..most of Navel displacement………only try daily exercise and diet you can cure yourself…..
    and there's no other path to control i.b.s i guaranteed
    i suffered from 6 year but today I'm 100% cure

  23. i found the "tiger nut" thing amusing…as a child in the early 70's i remember my uncle used to buy tiger nuts, as well as locust beans and licorice root from the health food shop in UK…havent been able to buy tiger nuts for many years tho….

  24. 1. Avoid Disaccharids
    2. Ginger
    3. Peppermint Essential Oil
    4. Soluble Fiber
    5. Chia Seeds
    6. Probiotics
    7. Resistant Starch
    8. Digestive Enzymes
    9) Broth
    10) Stress Reduction

  25. Praise Jesus! 😀 Amen.

    I would love to see a video of all the things we can eat to get rid of IBS. It's hard to know all the foods we can eat.

  26. Guys I had 9months ago severe constipation . After that I have lower right abdominal pain time to time that was dull. And also I have the feeling that my bowel is not as it was before. Pain never been acute or severe. Im a suffering IBS??

  27. Am having stomach acid pain can't eat loosing weight my mouth is bitter all the time a lot of gas don't know what to eat any more can some one help me.

  28. Question , you said chicken broth ? Does having chicken with the broth ? I thought staying away from meats would help heal ibs faster

  29. I think this is good info, but is confusing because it contradicts what Drs want me to do (FODMAP) can you please explain why Drs want us to do FODMAP? Thanks

  30. Thank you two for this awesome video. I love the fact that you prioritize praising the Lord & giving thanks to Him! Here's my question for Dr. Axe: I just purchased a broad based digestive enzyme. Can I take that alongside glucosamine chondroitin MSM?

  31. Why do herbs cause diarrhea? I have shared my herbal stack with family members who even micro doses causes diarrhea. It’s a stack of about 30 herbs. Any help appreciated. Thx

  32. One of the best discussions I have ever seen or hear on IBS (or digestive issues in general). Many thanks to both of you.

  33. Why does ginger..especially tea (organic) always hurt me worse? I will get stomach pains and heartburn with the smallest amount.

  34. I have read many low fodmap lists and the potatoes, oats, maple syrup and some types of cheese are allowed. And honey is NOT allowed. So now you get me confused. Do you know if Monk Fruit (the pure version) is ok for Ibs? I cannot find any info on that.

  35. I am intolerant to many legumes, dry beans, and nuts. I believe eating grains causes my FMS pain to increase, Eating plantain, yuca, etc makes my stomach upset.If I were to avoid all grains and starches, what can I eat to maintain a healthy weight?

  36. Hello Dr Axe, thanks very much for your very informative video,I have a problem with digestion also in the morningsi visit the toilet about 3 times before leaving the house there is also an uncomfortable feeling after eating food.

  37. I have tried all this, nothing has helped me . I have been from doctor to doctor, and had all the tests including the sibo test . I had an igg test shows I am senitive to all foods. I am sick day after day . I cant tolerate any sugar or starch

  38. Thanks for this. Even though the doctors say it's in my head and it's all stressed related. It's definitely not for me.

  39. Ginger is great but gives me severe heart palpitations. Once I stop taking ginger my heart palpitations go away.

  40. I’m suffering from a food induced migraine right now I’m sure of it. But I’ve already put essential oils on, took a lavender essential oil and epsom salt bath, took b-complex, vitamin c and e, and now I’m drinking worm lemon and ginger water. I can’t sleep…. I’ve massaged my pancreas and gallbladder.. I’m drinking water. But I am still in pain

  41. Have heard advise about these foods so many times. They do not work for my IBS-d. It's inspiration, but everyone needs to find their own diet. Problem is getting off the diet, though.

  42. Just watch your video on IBS and wanted to "YELL" a BIG THANK YOU. This was so helpful…………………………………

  43. Why does the SCD diet say stay away from resistant starch but you guys say eat foods with RS!? I'm so confused. SCD says Resistant starch feeds bad bacteria, not good!

  44. Is banana & guava got relief for acute and cronic constipation? And can i consumed banana & guava for IBS and ibd?

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