Managing your IBS isn’t just about what you eat – it’s a whole approach to living which includes eating the right foods, practicing effective stress management and using the right products to help prevent and ease symptoms. Qualified nutritional therapist, Julie Silver has some useful stress-management tips, a breakfast recipe designed to improve symptoms and a natural product to help…

“Here’s my ‘Congee with Apricot Tiger Nut Milk & Cinnamon’ recipe designed especially to aid comfortable digestion for those with IBS.

Congee is rice that has been cooked for a long time (usually overnight) with 5 to 6 times more water. It is very gentle and fortifying for the digestion making it ideal for digestive issues such as IBS. Apricots, whether dried or fresh, contain a good source of dietary fibre allowing important nutrients to digest easily, also breaking down fatty acids quickly to help the digestion even more. Tiger nuts contain many nutrients beneficial for the digestion and have been used to alleviate irritable bowels, stomach cramps and other digestive disorders.”

Before you go to bed cook 50g of short grain brown rice (rinsed thoroughly) with a half to three quarters of a pint of filtered water in a slow cooker on a low heat. In the morning blend a small handful of tiger nuts with half a cup of filtered water and a couple of dried apricots. Pour over the congee and add pumpkin seed protein powder with fresh or dried apricots and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

As well as re-thinking meals and ingredients it’s also important to have a natural ‘rescue product’ on hand to help you when your IBS flares up. Enterosgel is a drug-free oral intestinal adsorbent that acts as a supportive treatment. It attaches to medium and high-weight molecular substances in the gut including toxins, allergens and pathogens. These unwanted substances can be responsible for exacerbating IBS symptoms.”

It’s also important to avoid stress with IBS as this can have a profound effect on the digestive system. Here are some of my top tips to reduce stress…

Before eating, take a couple of deep abdominal breaths to help reduce stress, oxygenate the body and this will also help you to absorb more nutrients from the food.

Light a candle and play some relaxing music whilst eating will help to keep you calmer when you eat and reduce stress.

Put a drop of relaxing pure essential oil, such as Orange, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, on a tissue and inhale.

Get a good night’s sleep by going to bed by 11pm, avoid eating at least 3 hours before bed and switch off your computer, mobile phone, tablet and TV at least an hour or two before bed if you can.

Do some relaxing exercises during the day such as going for a walk in nature, Yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi.”


by Julie Silver