Dr. Stephen Wangen is the award winning author of two books on solving digestive disorders, and a nationally recognized speaker on IBS. He has been on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio. He was recently named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine.
There are many different supplements and over-the-counter medications available to treat your digestive problems. So many, in fact, that we can’t even begin to list them all. Everywhere you turn, someone wants to sell you a product for your digestion.
You may have heard of some, and they range from probiotics, to enzymes, to vitamins, and all kinds of nutrients and herbs. Of course, it’s tempting to try them, because it would be very nice if you could take a pill and solve your problem.
Not only are there hundreds of different supplements, they also range widely in quality. Some supplements have properties that can help you heal if used properly. But if you don’t also identify and treat the cause of the problem, then they will do nothing and you will be wasting your money.
It’s easy to spend $50 a month on supplements without seeing many benefits or realizing how the money is adding up (that’s $600 a year!). We can help you identify exactly which ones to take, if any, and when to take them, saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Here are some of the most popular supplements used for IBS:
Probiotics are an important part of a healthy digestive tract. But did you know there are hundreds of different kinds of probiotics, and you may or may not need them? Which ones do you need? How much do you need? Without properly assessing the environment of your digestive tract, you cannot know.
Probiotics can do wonders when used correctly. But you’re just as likely to get zero benefit from probiotics (or even make your symptoms worse), as you are to see benefits from taking them. We can help you determine whether or not you need probiotics, what kind you need, and in what dosage. Without this information you are taking a wild guess and probably wasting lots of money.
Enzymes are another supplement you can purchase on your own. When healthy, your body produces enzymes to help you break down foods. There are dozens of different kinds of enzymes. Which ones do you need? How much do you need? Do you need them at all?
Enzymes won’t usually cure your IBS (unless you have a true enzyme deficiency), but they still may be valuable and may or may not be indicated as part of your treatment. There are many, many, different kinds of enzymes and knowing how and when to use them is our area of expertise.
Fiber (sold under many brand names, including Citrucel, Metamucil, Benefiber, Acacia, etc.) is another commonly written about treatment for IBS. Do you need more fiber? Do you need a different kind of fiber? Do you need less fiber? It can be very difficult to figure this out on your own. Sometimes getting more fiber is important, and adding fiber might help to ease your symptoms a little. Sometimes a lot. But it may also make your symptoms worse.
As well, should it be soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? Either way, you may need help sorting this out. This is what we do.
Supplements and their Quality
There are hundreds of other supplements on the market. These include vitamins, botanical medicine, amino acids, minerals, co-factors, and the list goes on and on. Any one of them may or may not be something that you need. That varies from person to person, even within the IBS world. Not only do you need to know what, if anything, to take, you need to know how much to take, how long to take it, and you want a product that is of very high quality.
There is a massive difference in the benefits that you’ll receive when the proper product is taken, at the proper time, in the proper way, and when it’s of the highest quality. And if the supplements or quality that our patients need are not available on the market, we have them made for you. This is another reason we are so successful at treating IBS.
If you want to truly rid yourself of IBS and find out what is really causing your problem, come to the IBS Treatment Center. It’s what we do!