I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve had a fair amount of success using mint to lessen the impact of my FGID attacks. I was reading an article yesterday from the Children’s Hospital of Chicago that talked about enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules and the benefits they have for FGID sufferers. (You can read the article here.) Apparently peppermint contains a natural form of salicylic acid, the primary ingredient in aspirin, and it “slows” your gut down and stops the spasms.
I can’t say I’ve ever used peppermint pills, but I have used many forms of mint in the treatment of my FGID symptoms. Soft & hard mint candies seem to ease symptoms, and they also mask the odor if you’re prone to FGID-based mouth farts. I’ve also had great success moving to an all-liquid diet during my worst symptoms, and a mint ice cream shake is a great way to incorporate both liquids and the odor-masking qualities of mint.
I’ve also had limited success using probiotics. You can read more about those here. Probiotics are pills, yogurts and the like that contain healthy bacteria cultures that will “reset” the right balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. Like I said, I’ve had limited success with these, but maybe it’s because my issue isn’t caused by a bacterial imbalance to begin with.
A lot of people also report that certain foods are “triggers” for their FGID symptoms — gluten and sugar are common culprits. I’ve done extensive logging of what I eat, and I’ve not found any one food (or type of food) that’s consistently caused an issue. Still, your mileage may vary.
As an FGID sufferer, I’m inclined to try just about anything. What natural cures have you used, and have they worked?