Can Vitamin D Help Reduce IBS Symptoms?
Do you suffer from the uncomfortable, chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? As of now, there is no official and proven cure for the long-term disease, but researchers from the University of Sheffield have, thankfully, uncovered a link between Vitamin D deficiency and IBS symptoms.
The group of researchers looked at three randomised controlled trials and four observational studies, all of which connect Vitamin D deficiency to IBS. The results, although limited, prove that Vitamin D, which helps with the healing of bones, the immune system, mental and gut health, may benefit and improve the quality of life for those suffering from IBS, simultaneously easing anxiety and depression that often accompanies the disease.
The head author of the study, Dr Bernard Corfe, declared, “It is evident from the findings that all people with IBS should have their vitamin D levels tested and a large majority of them would benefit from supplements.”
If you are experiencing feelings of weakness, difficulties sleeping, depression, swelling, anxiety, and more, you may have symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency, once you've received your diagnosis, it may help you treat the pain and anxiety that comes with IBS.
Thankfully it is summer time, so your body can create Vitamin D from sun exposure. Research states that you take in around 10,000 units of Vitamin D if you sit 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen (depending on skin tone). However, during a cold spell, you may need to turn towards more foods rich in Vitamin D or natural supplements.
Natural News composed a list of foods that can help treat symptoms of IBS naturally, including items such as carrots, yoghurt, aloe vera juice, bananas, garlic juice, lettuce, and fennel seeds. One source claims yoghurt is high in Vitamin D, (among yoghurt is wild caught fish, beef, egg yolks, canned fish, shitake mushrooms and more). Of course, consuming these foods depends on what you know your body can and cannot handle.
Unfortunately, IBS is a widespread disease that affects two in 10 people in the UK. Those with IBS typically experience cramps, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and pain in the abdominal. However, University of Sheffield team's findings connecting Vitamin D deficiency with IBS could be a groundbreaking discovery for you or a loved one who is suffering from IBS.