How to Remove The #1 Cause of Abdominal Pain and Bloating

The #1 Cause of Abdominal Pain and Bloating is Wheat

If you’re feeling bloated and have chronic gas and abdominal pain, the article below and video may help.

“Wheat intolerance, also known as nonceliac gluten sensitivity, may be the underlying cause of chronic inflammation in the intestines.

Gluten intolerance is not the same as celiac disease or celiac sprue.

Clinically, doctors have asked their patients with IBS to eliminate wheat from their diet. These patients have reported less gas, bloating and stomach pain; improved constipation and diarrhea.

Recently, there has been scientific research showing that wheat sensitivity may be a cause of irritable bowel syndrome.” Read More…


Video of The Day – Dr Rutherford & Dr Gates Discuss Gluten Free and IBS

Our goal is to provide you with the best information available to empower you with the knowledge to be in control of your health. Watch today’s video to learn more about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and how you can relieve abdominal pain and bloating.

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Gluten Free Recipe Of The Day – Mediterranean Style Grilled Salmon

This is a simple and healthy recipe that anyone can make. Brought to You by The Mayo Clinic. Click Here



Did You Know Probiotics Increase Needed Serotonin For IBS

Learn How Increased Levels of Serotonin Can Relieve IBS Symptoms

Probiotics for IBSSerotonin (also referred to as 5-hydroxytryptamine) is an important hormone and neurotransmitter.

It is critical for communicating information throughout the body as well as throughout the bowels and digestive system.. In psychiatry, 5-hydroxytryptamine levels are manipulated with drugs in conditions such as depression and anxiety (common in IBS).

But many studies show that it is critical for digestive health. Low levels of serotonin are being implicated in irritable bowel syndrome. In this article the researchers note that nearly 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Researchers looked at bacteria production of serotonin and concluded that the microbiome is an important stimulant of it’s production. Probiotics, foods, and prebiotics that support 5-hydroxytryptamine production are key treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

For more information read this interesting article from Science Daily. Click Here

The video below by All Things Science provides even more information.

Irritable Bowel Remedies Recipe Of The Day – Apple Chicken Stir Fry

Removing gluten and dairy are the first steps to relieving the symptoms of IBS. We’re big fans of the Gluten Free Goddess and thought you might want to check out their curried apple chicken stir fry recipe today! Click Here


3 Trigger Foods To Avoid That Cause Abdominal Pain and IBS

IBS Trigger Foods to Avoid

Eat Fruit and Avoid IBS Trigger Foods with Gluten and DairyIf you are experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, it may be the foods you are eating. The more you know what causes these issues the less discomfort you will have. Watch the video, read the article and check out the recipe of the day.
Two thirds of adults and children report that certain foods trigger their IBS symptoms: gas, bloating, headaches, constipation, and diarrhea.

The researchers found that food intolerances may play a more important role in irritable bowel syndrome rather than poorly absorbed carbohydrates.

The people who participated in this study reported the top three foods that trigger symptoms of IBS are spicy foods, pizza, and milk. Read More…

These foods are consistent with Dr Gruber’s recommendation for an elimination diet. Click Here

Recipe of The Day – Karina’s Easy Vegan Guacamole With Lime & Sweet Cherry Tomatoes

This is a gluten (and dairy) free recipe brought to you by Gluten Free Goddess. Healthy and Easy. Click Here

Irritable Bowel Remedies Recipe Of The Day



How Stress Reduction Helps Relieve IBS Symptoms

IBS symptoms and causesA Massachusetts General Hospital study indicates that relaxation and reducing stress can be a natural treatment to alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gastrointestinal disorders.

They completed a 9 week training program, the first to study the response to relaxation and the impact on IBS.

“Our results suggest exciting possibilities for further developing and implementing this treatment in a wider group of patients with gastrointestinal illness,” says Braden Kuo, MD, of the Gastrointestinal Unit in the MGH Department of Medicine. Read More …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS and IBD can produce severe abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation for a reported 15-20% of the population. Most people are unaware of their condition and suffer from painful and inconvenient symptoms.

Information was provided by materials from Massachusetts General Hospital and Science Daily.

You may find this video provided by Mass General about Gluten helpful.


How Often Should I Have a Bowel Movement?

What is Constipation?

When a patient comes to the office I never ask are you constipated because the definition is very confusing.

The better question is How frequently do you have a bowel movement.

How often should I have a bowel movementEvery time you have a meal, your nervous system stimulates muscular contractions in your intestines call peristalsis. This is a rhythmic movement that pushes the contents of the intestines like a wave. So, physiologically, you should have a bowel movement after every meal, eliminating the stool from a meal approximately 24 hours before. But in reality this rarely happens in our culture. When I have traveled to less-developed countries, constipation is rarely a problem and folks that I have met and treated usually state they have a bowel movement after each meal. In our country, STRESS is a major factor that changes the natural, steady rhythm of peristalsis.

This is because stress turns on the sympathetic nerves and turns off the parasympathetic nerves. Peristalsis is stimulated by parasympathetic nerves. Again, my understanding of constipation is based on the frequency of bowel movements. If you miss one day, you are constipated even if the frequency returns the next day.

Another way to understand constipation is the quality of the stool.

A normal stool should be well-formed and long, as though it has been extruded from a tube. Small pellets, big balls, long thin strands, soft pieces that are difficult to fully eliminate are all signs of constipation. My recommendation is to pay attention to frequency and quality. With natural treatments for constipation you will gradually notice significant improvements.

CAM Wellness Natural IBS, Bowel Movements and Constipation Solutions

CAM Wellness Institute was founded and run by Dr Gary Gruber of New Canaan Connecticut in the heart of Fairfield County 35 miles from New York City. The mission of CAM Wellness is to empower people with the knowledge and natural solutions they need to maintain a healthy mind and body.

Does Tryptophan help reduce symptoms of IBS?

L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. We get amino acids from protein in our food when the acid in the stomach and enzymes in the intestines digest or break-down the protein. An essential amino acid such as L-Tryptophan must be acquired through food sources or supplementation because our cells need it but do not make it. LTryptophan is the raw material for the very important neurotransmitter and hormone Serotonin.

Trytophan is found in peanutsA person with a deficiency in Serotonin may have constipation, depression, anxiety, and many other symptoms associated with a condition called Fibromyalgia. It is very common for people with Irritable Bowel to also be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Tryptophan is found in many foods. It is highest in cheese, beef liver, peanuts, turkey, lamb, tuna and salmon, cashews, and oatmeal. It is also found in capsules that are sold in most health food and supplement stores.

Not only is Tryptophan a source for Serotonin but it is also food for the beneficial bacteria Lactobacillus. As a by-product of its metabolism, the probiotic Lactobacillus makes chemicals that stimulate the immune system to curb the growth of the yeast Candida, another common cause of symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

CAM Wellness Institute Irritable Bowel Remedies

Please send us your questions for natural remedies and solutions for treating Irritable Bowel. We will continue to post answers and educational information. If you are looking for a solution, try Dr Grubers program listed above by clicking the link, Reverse IBS 30 Day Program.

What are the Inflammatory Foods that Cause Gas and Bloating?

It is important to understand that we feed ourselves nutrients which are not only necessary for the vitality of our cells but also the trillions of bacteria that inhabit our digestive tract. We have the responsibility to maintain the viability of this bacteria, also known as the microbiota.

Best Foods to Stop Bloatings and CrampsThe microbiota provide nutrients, vitamins, and other by-products that support our health. However, with the right raw materials, the microbiota is a gas factory. Too much protein is not a good thing for the microbiota because their metabolism converts excess protein to gaseous, sulphur by-products that smell like rotten eggs. It is the excess gas that causes bloating and cramping.

Excess protein is delivered to the microbiota when digestive juices in the stomach and small intestine are weak. Low stomach acid and low digestive enzymes result in high amounts of intact proteins available for consumption by the bacteria.

Two food groups that contain high levels of proteins are wheat and dairy. Most people lack the special digestive enzymes to breakdown the proteins in these foods. Therefore, by eliminating wheat and dairy from the diet, the microbiota gas factory is cut-off from the raw materials. The result is much less gas production and no bloating or cramps.

What Foods Cause Bloating

Learning what foods to eat and trigger foods that cause severe cramping and pain are critical for developing your own elimination diet for IBS . As mentioned above, start by creating your own IBS diet menu.

Foods with wheat (rye and barley) and dairy should be avoided if you have abdominal pain from excessive gas. By following a gluten free diet, you are on your way to relief from cramps caused by excessive gas as a result of high amounts of protein in your diet. Cereals, bread, pasta, cookies, pretzels, pizza all contain wheat. Many soups contain wheat,  soy sauce and many spices all have wheat. It is important to read labels. Just because it’s a gluetn free product does not mean it lacks wheat.

Dairy products are vast including butter, milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt,

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What Causes Brain Fog and Fatique and It’s Impact on IBS

Brain Fog and fatigue are common symptoms associated with a chronic condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These are symptoms that result from chronic stress.

When you are under constant stress from whatever source, your body reacts by sending hormones and neurotransmitters into your blood stream. These chemical signals are picked up by your heart and result in a in change in heart rate variability.

Heart Rate Variability and Brain Fog

Yoa reduces Brain Fog and Chronic Fatique in IBSHeart rate variability is the way your heart speeds up and slows down moment to moment. It is not the same thing as heart rate.

To explain heart rate variability I like to use the analogy of passing a car on the highway. You’re driving your car and in the lane ahead of you is a slower car. You signal, move gradually into the left lane, accelerate, pass the slower car, gradually move back into the right lane, then deaccelerate to your cruising speed. Nice and smooth, Right? Suppose in a different way, you drive within a few feet of the slower car, slam on your brakes, jerk the car into the left lane, smash the accelerator to the floor and pass the car, again you abruptly jerk the car back to the right lane, and finally slam on the brakes to bring the car to its cruising speed.

So in the first scenario we call it variability smooth or coherent, with the second scenario it is choppy or an incoherent variability.

It turns out that the variability in the heart’s moment to moment rate can also be incoherent or coherent and this heart rate variability is transmitted by nerve impulses to your brain. An incoherent heart rate variability causes your brain to shunt or detour impulses away from your brain’s frontal cortex, the thinking area, into the emotional areas of the brain. As a result, it is harder to process thoughts while you become more engaged with your emotions.

This phenomena is experienced as brain fog and fatigue.

In complementary and alternative medicine we help our patients eliminate brain fog by breaking the cycle of incoherent heart rate variability with holistic treatments such as HeartMath, Mindfulness meditation, Hypnosis, and Yoga.

CAM Wellness Institute – Irritable Bowel Solutions

CAM Wellness Institute is located in the heart of Fairfield County in New Canaan Connecticut 50 minutes from New York City. Our goal is to empower people with the knowledge and natural solutions to better health.


What Are The Best Probiotics For IBS and Constipation

Probiotics are used in complementary and alternative medicine therapies because they have been shown in numerous research studies to be effective in both treatment and prevention of disease. The studies that have specifically focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome demonstrate positive outcomes in diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

The probiotic species that have been researched and shown to be most effective are:

1) Lactobacillus – Makes various B vitamins, helps digest food, makes a natural antibiotic against certain pathogenic organisms, improves lactose intolerance.

2) Bifidobacterium – regulates intestinal balance , restores good bacteria damaged by antibiotics, crowds out the growth of pathogenic bacteria and yeast.

3) Streptococcus Thermophilius– Enhances digestion of milk sugars & exerts an inhibatory effect on pathogenic bacteria.

Probiotics are living organisms and are effective when the are viable.This means that if probiotics are subjected to stress, whether externally (such as heat) or internally (such as emotional stress), then their viability may be negatively impacted.

Nutrition and Exercise

A comprehensive natural health program for treatment of IBS can include probiotics and other natural supplements, exercise and a healthy diet. As mentioned in other posts here, stress has a negative impact on your gastrointestinal tract that causes an imbalance in your system. Brain fog and chronic fatique can follow.

Yoga which is now everywhere, will help calm your system by focusing only on the moment and blocking thoughts of past and future will calm you your system and stress. The key to overcoming IBS is in your hands. As you read through the pages here, the ultimate treatment of IBS is a combination of probiotics, natural supplemenst, an elimination diet, regular exercise and controlling stress.

Eat foods high in alkalinity such as cherries,  blueberries, artichokes, avocados and others as shown in the chart below.

CAM Wellness Institute

CAM Wellness is located in New Canaan Connecticut, the heart of Fairfield County near Westchester County New York and 40 miles from New York City.

Chart Prepared by Dr. Russel Jaffe, Health Studies Collegium 44621 Guillford Drive Asburn VA

alkaline chart


Best foods for IBS

What Tests Are Available To Confirm A Diagnosis of IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional condition. The best test is one that rules out inflammatory diseases while testing for dysfunction. Clinically, Dr Gruber has found the best test to be a comprehensive stool test.

Tests for Irritable Bowel RemediesA comprehensive stool test for IBS will reveal four areas of dysfunction:

1) Digestion and Absorption  – Breaking down foods and how well your body absorbs  fats and proteins

2) Inflammation and Immunology –  Testing of chemicals in your stool to determine inflammation and whether cells are producing antibodies

3) Gastrointestinal Microbiome – Amount of bacteria, testing for quality and quantity

4) Parasitology – testing for worms, yeast that can cause diarrhea and other health problems

The results help your doctor distinguish between disease and dysfunction. The patterns of dysfunction along with the signs and symptoms make a diagnosis of IBS possible. Additionally, the test results help you and your doctor target specific therapies to heal the condition.

About CAM Wellness Institute

Cam Wellness Institute founded by Dr Gruber is based in New Canaan Connecticut within Fairfield County minutes from Westchester County NY and 1 hour to New York City. The intent of Cam Wellness is to empower patients with knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually.

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