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Peppermint Oil Eases Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including diarrhea, gas and bloating, may be relieved by peppermint oil
  • IBS is estimated to cost $21 billion every year; while up to 15% of the U.S. has the condition, only 7% have sought medical care
  • Vitamin D insufficiency is prominent in those diagnosed with IBS; it is wise to avoid genetically engineered foods, which are known to alter your gut bacteria
  • Other strategies include being tested for parasites, boosting your fiber intake, eating fermented foods and addressing emotional stress triggers

Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and irritable bowel disease (IBD) sound similar, they are two distinct conditions with a few similar symptoms. IBD is classified as a disease that causes inflammation of the intestinal tissue. Several gastrointestinal diseases are part of the IBD group, with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's occurring most frequently.

The director of Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Immunobiology Institute says the severity of the condition may depend on genetic markers and the effects of the gut microbes on your immune system. The most prevalent indication of both IBS and IBD is diarrhea. IBD may also present with anemia, fever, bloody stool and extreme weight loss.

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