BE­YOND FODMAP

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YOGA

A study pub­lished in Jan­uary, com­par­ing the LOW-FODMAP ap­proach with yoga as a treat­ment for IBS, re­ported a re­duc­tion in gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms among both groups. Whether or not this is linked to the dreaded yoga fart is in­con­clu­sive.

GUT HYP­NOTHER­APY

While the ev­i­dence for treat­ing IBS with the mind is still lim­ited, a 2014 re­view and meta-anal­y­sis of ex­ist­ing ev­i­dence con­cluded that hyp­nother­apy sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved ab­dom­i­nal pain, at least in the short-term.

GLUTEN-FREE DIET

In a 2016 study of IBS-D pa­tients (those for whom di­ar­rhoea is the main symp­tom), fol­low­ing a di­eti­tian-led gluten-free diet sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the sever­ity of symp­toms. Some 18 months later, 72% of the vol­un­teers were still fol­low­ing the diet and re­port­ing a re­duc­tion in symp­toms.

PEP­PER­MINT OIL

It’s long been thought to ease IBS symp­toms, and a 2014 study as­sess­ing the ef­fi­cacy of this idea found it to be a safe and ef­fec­tive short-term treat­ment. Try High Strength Pep­per­mint Oil (£12.95 for 180 cap­sules, healthspan.co.uk).

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