Natural Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment Hawaii

Treat Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Through a Natural Gastroenterologist

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal condition that affects the digestive system. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal syndrome in the U.S. It is estimated that up to 45 million people, or 10-15% of the American population, suffer from IBS. About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female, while about 1 in 3 IBS sufferers are male. IBS affects people of all ages, including children. Among all the gastrointestinal conditions, IBS can be one of the most problematic. IBS is a condition that affects people differently, as some IBS symptoms or IBS flare-ups vary from person to person

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Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff, ND, DOM

Center for Natural Healing Hawaii

5283 Kimokeo St Honolulu, 96821

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by a group of symptoms that impact the digestive system, known as IBS. It is a fairly common but unpleasant digestive disorder. IBS symptoms are typically accompanied by excessive gas, cramps, and abdominal pain.

IBS affects people of all ages, including children. Among all the gastrointestinal conditions, IBS can be one of the most problematic. IBS is a condition that affects people differently, as some IBS symptoms or IBS flare-ups vary from person to person.

There are three primary types of IBS: IBS with constipation predominance (IBS-C), IBS with diarrhea predominance (IBS-D), and mixed IBS (IBS-M), which presents as an alternating pattern of constipation and diarrhea. Some patients don’t fit into these categories easily and may be referred to as un-subtyped IBS or IBS-U. Historically, before the development of IBSchek™, a proprietary blood test to diagnose IBS, would take patients approximately 4-6 years to receive a diagnosis of IBS, usually after undergoing a variety of costly and invasive diagnostic procedures.

Common Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Constipation alternating with diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain or bloating
  • Belly pains or stomach cramps, usually in the lower half of the belly, that get worse after meals and feel better after a bowel movement.
  • Change in bowel movement frequency (more than three bowel movements per day (diarrhea or loose stool) or less than three bowel movements per week (constipation)).

Additional Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms:

  • Change in appearance of stool: hard, pellets, not well formed, undigested food, liquid, mucus.
  • Harder or looser stools than normal (pellets or flat ribbon stools).
  • Digestive system issues beginning after an episode of gastroenteritis, more commonly known as food poisoning.
  • General stomach cramping or bloating

Our Holistic Approach to Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

By addressing the actual requirements of the digestive system, naturopathic treatments can aid in addressing the causes of irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff can suggest a variety of solutions to repair the gut lining and replenish the intestinal tract with healthy bacteria, balancing your digestive immunity and easing your symptoms.

Our IBS treatments include the principles of naturopathy and naturopathic treatment modalities. After becoming a patient at the Center for Natural Healing Hawaii, we identify the root cause of IBS. This includes a thorough IBS examination and assessment that includes reviewing your current and past IBS symptoms, medical history, prior infections, medications, lifestyle, diet, and genetics. Various gastrointestinal tests, potential blood tests, food allergy tests, and biomarker tests follow this assessment. Then an individualized treatment plan will be created and implemented.

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A Naturopathic Doctor in Honolulu on Oahu, Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff –  A Natural Gastroenterologist

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff works closely with her patients to assess their symptoms and create specialized programs tailored to their needs.

Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff from Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu, studied psychology for six years at both the University of Delaware and the University of Oregon, graduating with honors with a B.A. in psychology. This education, plus her psychotherapy training and experience with clinical psychology, hypnotherapy, meditation, prayer, affirmation work, and dreams, give her a host of tools to draw from when working with patients to assist them in moving through areas in their lives where they feel stuck. For more information about Dr. Joy, click here.

  • Over 30 years of experience
  • Thousands of patients’ lives changes

What Foods Trigger IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

If you want to take control of your IBS symptoms, then the best thing you can do is choose your foods with care. Since IBS is a digestive condition that varies from person to person, food can either be your medicine or your downfall. There’s a wide range of foods that can trigger your IBS symptoms, so do your best to reduce your consumption or eliminate them from your diet.

Fried foods, foods high in “bad” fats, caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, and too much fiber and protein can all trigger IBS symptoms. If you have gluten or dairy sensitivity, then you should avoid foods containing these ingredients as well. Eating several small meals that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients is the key to bringing joy back to eating and improving the “good bacteria” within your gut’s microbiome.

Are you asking yourself, “Can I drink alcohol with irritable bowel syndrome?” The short answer is no. Alcohol can make diarrhea, constipation, and other IBS symptoms more painful, so it’s best to avoid it whenever you can. If you do indulge in alcohol, make sure you stay hydrated and know your limits.

Common Foods That Induce Irritable Bowel Syndrome flare-ups:

  • Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPs) (fermentable carbohydrates)
    • Some examples of this are: milk, ice cream, peaches, watermelons, cashews, mushrooms, and wheat.
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • High-fat foods
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks

Additional IBS Triggers

While the triggers and causes of IBS are not definitely known, diet and stress seem to be the most common cause of IBS flare-ups.

Below are some of the things you can do to potentially mitigate IBS flare-ups and reduce symptoms:

  • Eat organic foods that are packed with essential vitamins and nutrition
  • Avoid excess stress or develop healthy stress management skills
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Alcohol consumption
  • OTC medications
  • Fermenatble carbohydrates

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