Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) forms one of the mysteries of modern medicine. It affects between 5% to 20% of the population according to this 2011 survey by the Leeds Gastroenterology Institute. Alarmingly, doctors and scientist aren’t providing a cure. Probiotics have made some headway but the most effective species and strain is uncertain. When it comes to IBS, the entire medical community is grasping at straws.
Obviously, the human body is a complex thing and stress levels or other environmental factors may be adding to IBS. Doctors and scientists seem to agree. Studies abound wherein antidepressants, 5-HT receptor drugs, probiotics, antibiotics, psychological therapies, pain drugs and other emerging therapies have been tried. How can it be that so much has been tried and no one has yet to say “Eureka!”
Is there a solution for IBS?
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Perhaps, we can look at this another way. It makes perfect sense to us at Tarsul that gastrointestinal problems are closely tied to what we eat. The studies above promote a complicated approach. However, a solution may be much more simple. This 2017 study by UK journal Food Chemistry points to certain foods that can change our lives. The authors cite the “…importance of sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) in the colon, and their association with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease.” This indicates a lack of sulfur in our diets may be a cause for GI maladies including IBS.
The Tarsul ingredient MSM sulfur may add missing nutrients to our bodies. Additionally, MSM “…modulates the immune response through the crosstalk between oxidative stress and inflammation.” This means ingesting MSM helps our bodies handle those free radicals we are always hearing about. When we look at the way IBS affects us we can also see how psychological factors seem to control the symptoms. Likewise, a whole body approach targeting immune response, inflammation and gut microbiology can give us a healthier outlook. Thus, a healthy mind leads to a healthier body.
Tarsul’s other ingredient, cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) can help regulate the amount of potassium in our bodies. People living in industrialized societies generally don’t get enough potassium. This can affect us in a number of ways. GI losses from IBS diarrhea can cause a harmful loss of potassium. On the other hand cream of tartar has been used to treat constipation.
Tarsul and IBS: The Bottom Line
IBS symptoms are mostly limited to bloating, abdominal pain and alternating constipation and diarrhea. If other symptoms are present such as anemia, weakness, vomiting or bloody stool, other problems may be present. Our CTO was offered diagnosis of IBS and other things for 10 years before discovering gluten-intolerance (un-diagnosed Celiac disease) was the cause. So, by all means see a doctor if you have the aggressive symptoms that match issues such as hypokalemia or Celiac disease. Otherwise, a teaspoon full of Tarsul a day may keep the doctor away!