Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common digestive disorder that affects women more than men. With IBS, the normally rhythmic muscular contractions of the digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated. This interferes with the normal movement of food and waste material, and leads to the accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestine.

Symptoms of IBS may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation and or/diarrhoea, (often alternating)
  • Flatulence
  • Food intolerances
  • Mucus in the stools
  • Nausea
  • Pain – often triggered by eating and relieved by bowel movements

IBS can also be related to other diseases affecting digestion including candidiasis and parasitic infections. It is important to treat any underlying disease states such as these first, and then consider the tips below.

Some tips to help prevent IBS and relieve the symptoms include;

  • Drink Kolorex Digestive Care Tea 3x per day. It contains peppermint, which aids in healing and digestion and also relieves upset stomachs, gas, or that ‘too full’ feeling.
  • Eat a high-fibre diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains and legumes.
  • Consume supplemental fiber. Psyllium husks help to regulate bowel movements and can be used daily.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco as these irritate the lining of the stomach and colon.
  • Chew your food well and do not overeat or eat in a hurry.

Irritable bowel syndrome can be painful and unpredictable but most people who have it can lead active and productive lives with a change in diet, getting regular exercise, and increasing some essential nutrients.

Renee Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath


  1. Thank you for reading and for your comments.

  2. Supplements such as this can help but understanding which elements of your diet cause your symptoms to be exaggerated is also important. If you suspect you have IBS there is a way through but make sure you get the correct test done and the correct diet and supplements recommended.

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