Mailbag! Simple Tricks Stop IBS

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

If you’re like most people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you’ve probably been suffering with the condition… and the bathroom runs that come with it… for years. But today we’ll show you how some simple, natural fixes can whip your gut into shape — no drugs required.

Let’s dive in…

Hi Natalie,

I started developing irritable bowel syndrome in my late 20s, and have been dealing with it ever since. I’ve been told there’s no real cure and that I should just watch what I eat. But there has to be something else worth trying, right?


Beth G.

Thanks for the great question, Beth — and trust me, you’re not alone.

There are lots of people out there who have tried just about everything to control IBS, which can cause uncomfortable constipation or even chronic diarrhea.

Keeping a food diary is actually a great place to start, and many doctors will recommend this. That’s because certain foods, like caffeine, fried foods, and even alcohol are known IBS triggers.

By keeping track of what you eat — and when symptoms develop — you can learn which foods to avoid.

But the simple IBS fixes don’t stop there.

A new study from the University of Massachusetts that’s getting a lot of attention found that 93 percent of children with IBS were deficient in vitamin D. And while that study was on kids, it was hardly the first one to make the connection between vitamin D and IBS.

There have now been several studies showing that supplementing with vitamin D (sometimes as little as 3,000 IUs) a day can help dramatically improve IBS symptoms. That’s because vitamin D supports a healthy immune system and IBS is thought to be an autoimmune disorder where your immune system basically attacks your gut.

And the good news is that you can pick up vitamin D supplements easily online or through just about any local store that sells supplements.

Another supplement worth trying is peppermint capsules.

Peppermint is especially helpful with spasms, cramps, and bloating, and a major study published 9 years ago found that most of the people who took peppermint capsules got rid of their IBS symptoms in 1-3 months.

You can pick up peppermint capsules at or

Do you have health questions? Drop me a line:

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: – and click here to like us on Facebook.


[1] IBS Triggers and How to Avoid Them

[2] Vitamin D deficiency found in children with digestive disorder, UMass study finds

[3] Study finds high dose vitamin D supplementation significantly improves irritable bowel syndrome

[4] Remedies: Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 10 Tips to Conquer Spinal Arthritis

I have arthritis in my spine. What would you suggest to help manage it? –George from Cedar Rapids, IA George, Believe it or not, many people learn that they have spinal arthritis as they age. It’s very common. There’s a lot you can do to help keep it from advancing or even reverse some of...

Read This

Calm Anxiety WITHOUT Drugs (Easy!)

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, There is a plague of anxiety sweeping the nation. And who could blame us? Anyone with half a brain SHOULD feel anxious about the state of the world. But like any other epidemic, just because something is going around doesn’t mean you should accept it. More importantly, having anxiety does...

Read This

“Food Reboot” HALTS Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you or someone you love suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), you already know how the disease can turn your life upside down. The stiffness and mobility problems slowly strip away your independence… and leave you in pain. Talk to your mainstream doc and he’ll just shrug their shoulders –...

Read This

[Men] Do You Have the Breast Cancer Gene?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re a woman, chances are you have heard about the BRCA gene (BReast CAncer gene). Scientists have known for a long time that a mutation in one of two breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, increases the risk of getting breast cancer. But, men, listen up – just because...

Read This

Greek Plant Extract SOOTHES Joint Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some people might shrug when you tell them you have knee pain… but that’s only if they haven’t experienced firsthand. Chronic pain from osteoarthritis is no joke— it can destroy your life. Joint pain makes moving incredibly difficult and can keep you from doing the things you love. Before you know it,...

Read This

Deadly Disease 8 TIMES More Likely for Crohn’s Patients

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Inflammation is supposed to be a normal response for your body. It’s one of the key defenses protecting you. Inflammation can sometimes be our friend… when it helps fight off infections and clears away debris, that is. The problems start when inflammation blazes out of control or lasts longer than...

Read This

Stamped envelopes.

Mailbag! 5 Ways to Soothe Your Psoriasis

I have psoriasis, and I was wondering what supplements or natural treatments there are out there. –Bill from Riverside, CA Bill, As you probably know, psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks the skin as if it were a foreign invader. Psoriasis affects about two percent of the U.S. population. Normal, healthy...

Read This

Coffee Compound LOWERS Cholesterol

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’m on a personal mission to rescue coffee from the hands of the nutritional puritans who think that anything fun is not good for you. Despite what the mainstream would have you believe, the news on coffee has improved in recent years. Researchers have pinpointed many powerful plant nutrients, like...

Read This

“Citric Element” Whips Your Brain into Shape!

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Some suggest pretty complicated ways to keep your brain healthy as you age. Going back to college… doing complicated puzzles… taking what feels like 30 bottles of pills a day… It can make you feel like giving up before you’ve even started! But what if there was something MUCH easier...

Read This

100-Year-Old Trick STOPS Arthritis Pain

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, If you’re tired constantly refilling pain prescriptions, you’re not alone. And if you’re even MORE tired of the side effects that come with them, who could blame you? For far too long, Big Pharma has held arthritis patients hostage… promising relief while they rob you blind. It’s time for something...

Read This