Well, not totally. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also in your gut, of course. But recent research has revealed structural changes in the brains of people diagnosed with IBS that demonstrate an organic component to the disorder. This is huge, as it's the first time scientists have confirmed an association between the gut microbiota and the brain regions involved in processing the body's sensory information.
Do vegans ever tire of this age-old question? Why, yes, in fact, we do. That's because protein abounds on plant-based diets, despite persistent myths that perpetuate the opposite.
A common suggestion for improving IBS symptoms is to simply eat more fiber. But fiber can be a complicated matter, and simply eating more of it won't necessarily improve IBS symptoms and could, for some people, make symptoms worse.
A randomized controlled study published in BMJ Open Gastroenterology found that vitamin D supplementation was associated with improved quality of life in participants with IBS.
The low-FODMAP vegan diet essentially has three phases:
Although many mainstream doctors scoff when patients select natural solutions instead of pharmaceuticals, there are some folk remedies that are actually quite effective, and some that are even more effective than conventional medicines.
Potlucks, picnics, dinner parties, and other social gatherings are lots of fun and opportunities to taste new recipes. Unfortunately, if you're vegan and have IBS, they're typically a challenge to negotiate in terms of finding anything to eat that won't trigger or exacerbate symptoms. Even more important, they can be a perfect breeding ground for foodborne pathogens.