Last Modified on Aug 21, 2014
Natural IBS Treatment
The digestive tract is the system of organs in your body designed to take in food, process it and extract the nutrients, get it into the bloodstream, and expel the waste. In adults, the GI tract is about 20 feet long and comprised of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and the colon. Disruptions in this process can result in diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, and pain, but overtime can cause nutrient deficiencies that can lead to fatigue, damage to the GI tract, or even developmental trouble in children.
GI disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease which include, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, affect different parts of the gastrointestinal tract and cause different symptoms, but are among the most painful and stressful conditions to have; potentially restricting what you are able to eat and can even limit some physical activities.
Find a Home Remedy for Your Gastrointestinal Disorder
On this page you can find user submitted natural cures for gastrointestinal disorders. Some of our popular treatments according to our Earth Clinic readers are apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver, probiotics, and alkalizing. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat your gastrointestinal disorder. Know of a remedy not yet listed here, don't hesitate to share your story with us.
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Hello Friends, I had a sudden onset of nausea, abdominal pain, feeling of fullness, inability to eat, and other symptoms. I have gone through many tests where they ruled out intestinal worms and ulcers, but did see there is some mild Gastritis at least. Other tests are pending, but there was some bacteria in stool tests, and not sure yet if this was H. Pylori. As I read throughout many of the postings regarding gastrointestinal disorders and ulcer problems, I found the information on baking soda cures interesting, as well as the Apple Cider Vinegar. However, since there seems to be acidity involved (the doctor wanted to prescribe me some pill, which I refused), I felt that taking only baking soda with water might help me (and not starting out with the acidity of ACV). So I have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda only in a small glass of water 3 times per day.
What I am wondering is if this will cure the problem of the H. Pylori if indeed this turns out to be a part of the problem? Or does the baking soda only deal with acidity and help some of the "symptoms"? Also, there seem to be issues with baking soda and vitamin/mineral depletion, and other possible side-effects, so how long should I take before stopping? Is it possible to take long term every day for prevention also - though at smaller amounts? I would be interested in knowing what solutions you might have for this situation as I wait for the other test results. My symptoms seem to be alright for now, but still some cramping, gas, heartburn, and a "tightness" in the abdomen. My diet has always been quite healthy - am mostly vegan except a little butter at times - lots of fresh fruits and veggies, no processed foods, though I do eat pasta often. I am quite thin, but this has been normal all my life and don't think I've lost much weight, if any. What I eat in particular doesn't seem to have much affect so far in terms of the symptoms (I recently stopped tomatoes and citrus to see what happens). One thing I did take, as my doctor was concerned, was to take a Vitamin B-12 supplement and some Probiotics, which seemed to help a little bit. Any help and information/insight about this condition would be much appreciated.
I live in India (though a westerner), however, and some things are impossible to find here - even Apple Cider Vinegar exists only in a non-organic, non-raw variety, so not sure if that will help at all. Thanks for your attention and help with this! The Earth Clinic site has already helped with other minor health issues, and I've passed it along to others in my community - so thank you all for participating!
I'm reading alot of gastro problem posts here where people's fungal and bacterial problems seem to persist or always recurr. The reason for this is because many bacteria including H pylorim C diff etc are able to protect themselves against antibiotics and the body's defenses by living inside protective lipid biofilms. This has only been discovered recently. Biofilms are like lipid (fat or oil) based micro-slime wherein bacteria as well as viruses and fungi can also live and communicate via chemical signalling. So first, you need to disrupt the biofilms to completely expose these pathogens before you can successfully kill and get rid of the offending bacteria or other pathogens. Candida also uses biofims in the gut.
So, how do we get rid of these lipid biofilms without using unnecessarily complex, expensive and side-effect causing drugs? Simple. Soap will disrupt biofilms easily just like detergent disrupts and disperses fats and oils on your clothes. You create washing soap by reacting any alkali usually sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate are used with a fat or oil. Biofilms are made from fat. Therefore alkalizing the intestines will also create soap in the intestines (by reacting with residual fats in the food and in the bile). Sodium Bicarbonate also reacts directly with the biofilms(also a fat) to form soap and destroys it. At the same time, you must take a remedy that directly kills the bacterial/fungal problem. That's the strategy in a nutshell.
In my opinion, both candida and H pylori usually occur due to a lack of stomach acid which protects against incoming bacteria in food and these pathogens also arise due to a lack of bicarbonates which are normally excreted with pancreatic enzymes to create an alkaline environment necessary for main stage digestion. This lack of bicarbonates essentially creates and allows an acidic intestine and allows protective biofilms to form the perfect environment for creating candida and bacteria like H pylori and C diff. Bicarbonates, when mixed with fats create soap. Soap disrupts biofilms thus completely exposing the pathogen. Then you can directly attack the bacteria/fungus to get rid of it. This greatly reduces persistence and recurrence of such problems because the pathogens now have nowhere to hide and cannot protect themselves anymore by using biofilms in the intestines.
Tooth plaque is also caused by bacteria that can hide in biofilms. Here is some significant research by Dr Gerard Judd in an angry letter to the American government who advises using soap as toothpaste to clear biofilms and plaque bacteria from teeth:
Dr judd was 38 years in research and spent 18 years in fluoro-organics research. He also has some fairly scathing things to say about fluoride too.
Alternative and simple methods of getting rid of H pylori are many. You can use food grade 3% Hydrogen Peroxide or Lugol's Iodine(solublizes fats) or colloidal silver(with hydrogen peroxide) or herbs like olive leaf, cat's claw, peppermint tea or tumeric(Curcumin).
Taking the ACV or lemon/lime remedies are not alkaline enough to destroy the biofilms. I discovered this only recently when I was treating an African woman for systemic candida plus many other bacterial gut problems. I kept urging her to take Ted from Bangkok's sodium bicarbonate with water remedy as well because I wanted her to alkalize her blood. Eventually she started taking it, and immediately I noticed that she started to recover swiftly with much reduced symptoms -- and this can only be because the fungal and bacterial biofilms were completely destroyed by the alkaline BS. Thus, with the fungus and pathogenic bacteria completely de-cloaked and exposed - the other protocols she was taking were enhanced and worked much better to clear the pathogens from her gut completely.
I must finally add here that Ted's Carbicarb remedy would probably work even better than just BS and water to destroy biofilms -- because carbicarb is more strongly alkaline. This however is only a theory of mine -- I haven't tried it yet.
The essential gist of this post is simply that if you alkalize daily using the suggested remedies(Sodium Bicarbonate or Carbicarb) as well as taking anti-fungal and anti-bacterial protocols, then the persistence and recurrence of your gastro problems should be greatly reduced and/or eliminated completely because of the elimination of biofilms from the gut -- and you will also heal more quickly.
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