Peppermint Oil Eases Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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  • Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including diarrhea, gas and bloating, may be relieved by peppermint oil
  • IBS is estimated to cost $21 billion every year; while up to 15% of the U.S. has the condition, only 7% have sought medical care
  • Vitamin D insufficiency is prominent in those diagnosed with IBS; it is wise to avoid genetically engineered foods, which are known to alter your gut bacteria
  • Other strategies include being tested for parasites, boosting your fiber intake, eating fermented foods and addressing emotional stress triggers

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