A few days after completing an antibiotics course, I developed sever bloating and sensitivity in my lower abdomen. This did not go away for several days. What I was experiencing was a flare-up of IBS. Before you read any suggestions in this post, I heartily recommend this article on curing an IBS flare up (without meds).
My IBS Symptoms
– Lower abdomen sensitive to the touch- both sides – right and left
– bloating after meals. Like serious, severe bloating. Not the kind that a gasX would relieve.
– constipation and loss of appetite, Alternatively diarrhea and loss of appetite.. Again, this was severe – like I wouldn’t feel like eating even after hours of working/exercising.
– Frequent urination
There are several other symptoms – including fatigue and mood swings – but for me, the top ones are listed above.
Foods that soothe
- Avocados – work very well in soothing the inflammation
- Apply vitamin E Oil (slice open a capsule) on the outer stomach/abdomen. Let it soak in.
- Fish oil reduces gut inflammation.
- Plenty of (cool) Fluids – fresh water, coconut water.
Probiotics and Digestive enzymes
- Probiotics – Look into VSL3 – which is often covered by insurance providers if you have been diagnosed with IBS.
- Coconut water – This does double duty – anti inflammatory and probiotic at the same time.
- Add digestive enzymes to meals – Chewable Papain works best for me.
Foods to Avoid
Hot foods or fluids – only have at room temp. Hot fluids aggravate the inflammation.