How To Use Honey For IBS
What Is IBS?
IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects about 20% of people, two thirds of whom are women. It can cause symptoms such as cramping, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation... There are many different treatments available for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but one natural remedy that has been found to be effective is raw organic honey.
The exact cause of IBS isn't known but researchers think it's related to how the brain signals muscles in the colon. Other research has found that chronic stress, unresolved childhood trauma, poor diet and sleep can all lead to adulthood IBS.
How Raw Organic Honey Can Help Reduce IBS
The study by researchers at the University of Florida found that 22 out of 30 participants who had IBS experienced relief from their symptoms when they consumed two teaspoons of raw organic honey daily. It was found that raw organic honey reduced digestive discomfort, such as abdominal pain and bloating, by 50-70%.
The researchers of the study also found that those who ate one tablespoon of raw organic honey every day experienced a significant reduction in both constipation and diarrhoea compared to those who took one tablespoon of raw organic molasses instead.
They also noted that while both groups experienced similar reductions in abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and flatulence (gas), only those who ate raw organic honey saw a reduction in stool frequency (the number of times they went to the bathroom).
The study was small, but it's important to note that raw organic honey is produced completely naturally—as opposed to processed or pasteurised honey, which can be harmful to your digestive system.
Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Reduce IBS
There are four things you can do now to reduce the symptoms of IBS. You will notice the results within seven days:
1. Switch from non-organic cow's milk (which is full of hormones) to organic cow's milk.
2. Eat 100g of organic kefir prebiotic yoghurt every morning. Yeo Valley has a very good range widely available in supermarkets.
3. Drink a glass of raw organic honey water before you start each main meal.
4. Drink two litres of fresh water every day.
For the longer term, a course of focussed trauma therapy such as EMDR to heal unresolved trauma can be very effective in reducing or even healing IBS.
How To Use Raw Organic Honey For IBS
Raw organic honey has been used as a traditional remedy for gastrointestinal problems for centuries and is considered one of nature's most powerful remedies for digestive health maintenance.
Because raw organic honey has a high sugar content, it can help to soothe the stomach after a meal. The sugar and acidity of raw organic honey are thought to help neutralise the acid in your stomach, which can reduce symptoms of IBS.
With its mildly sweet taste and unique texture, raw organic honey can be used as an alternative to sugar or artificial sweeteners in both desserts and drinks. Not only does it contain antibacterial properties (which many people find particularly useful when dealing with IBS), but it also helps soothe a sore stomach after eating too much spicy food at dinner.
Raw organic honey is healthy, natural prebiotic. This means that it provides nutrition to probiotics (healthy bacteria) in your digestive system, which in turns cleans out the bad bacteria in your digestive system.
Drinking a teaspoonful of raw organic honey in water before every main meal makes your body feels more settled and helps to reduce symptoms of IBS. The antioxidants found in raw organic honey are also known to help with inflammation in the digestive system.
Only use real honey, not fake honey:
Remember that the honey you use must be real honey. Commercially processed cheap honey such as that found in supermarkets has lost most of its properties. It is no better than sugar in water and as such, it actually makes IBS worse.
Only use raw organic honey. Raw means the honey is unpasteurised and has not been heat treated. Organic means the honey is independently certified to be free of chemicals and antibiotics harmful to humans.
We recommend you take a spoonful of our award-winning medical grade antibiotic 20+ ACTIVE Raw Organic Coffee Bean Honey From Mexico mixed in water before each main meal to help support healthy digestion and reduce IBS symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.
From our standard range, either use our Raw Organic Rainforest Honey (Brazil) or our Raw Organic Pink Lychee Honey (Mexico).