Natural IBS Treatments – A Low FODMAP Diet Versus Yoga, Which is Better?

Natural IBS Treatments – A Low FODMAP Diet Versus Yoga, Which is Better?


Hi, this is Dr. Ruscio. Let’s discuss natural treatments for IBS,
irritable bowel syndrome. Most namely, a low FODMAP diet, and how that
compares to yoga. A study was recently published that examined
this question and I’ll put the abstract up here on the screen, entitled “Randomized
Clinical Trial: Yoga versus a Low-FODMAP Diet in Patient’s with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” Now, the setup for this study was such where
49 patients with IBS either went on a low-FODMAP diet, or started performing yoga for 12 weeks. Both groups were monitored with a validated
IBS symptom severity questionnaire. What did they find? The results found that both groups saw a notable
significant and similar improvement in their IBS. Which is great. And the researchers concluded, “Patients
with irritable bowel syndrome might benefit from yoga and a low-FODMAP diet, as both groups
showed a reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms.” So this is great news. It’s also important to mention that it doesn’t
have to be one or the other. In fact, I think the best starting point would
be to undergo the first step in the therapeutic process of trying to improve one’s gut health,
including the symptoms of IBS, of a holistic dietary and lifestyle program. Now, this might involve yoga or any type of
exercise: time in nature, relaxation, a low-FODMAP diet, or other similar diets that have been
shown to be healthy for one’s gut. And that can really be the foundation of a
gut healing and hopefully IBS quelling plan. Now, the next step could then be to escalate
to other therapies that can be helpful. Like herbal medicines, or probiotic therapy,
or other dietary tweaks. And this is exactly the process that I outline
in Healthy Gut, Healthy You. We start with a foundation of dietary and
lifestyle factors. Again, including, as one option for a diet,
a low-FODMAP diet, exercise, time in nature, relaxation, time with friends. And then, if that doesn’t lead to optimum
resolution, we escalate therapies that are more gut specific from there. So, in this case, we see substantiation that
both exercise, and I guess you could say yoga, would be perhaps a union of exercise and stress
reduction, can help IBS. As can a low-FODMAP diet. So, nice to see more research pouring in,
validating these therapies to improve one’s gut health because remember, you can have
problems in the gut that can also be manifesting outside of the gut. So if you have IBS, and we’ve discussed
before other research showing that those with IBS have higher scores of fatigue, anxiety,
and depression. Also other research has shown that those with
IBS has a higher predilection towards insomnia. So by healing your gut, there’s a good chance
you may sleep better, think more clearly, and have happier, less anxious thoughts. That’s just a few of many symptoms that
may improve. So, I can’t overstate how important your
gut health is. Again, here we see some research showing that
both exercise, stress reduction, and diet can help. And for more of an elaboration on how to use
these tools, I’d refer you to Healthy Gut, Healthy You, for a really comprehensive map
on how to navigate all these gut therapies. This is Dr. Ruscio. And hopefully this helps you get healthy and
get back to your life.