Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is now the most frequently diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S. It is characterized by altered bowel habits, with symptoms including constipation, diarrhea or episodes of alternating constipation and diarrhea. Sufferers commonly experience abdominal pain and bloating and varying degrees of depression and anxiety. IBS can be very disruptive to people's work and social lives, especially if frequency and urgency are the main symptoms. Though IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion and exact cause is unknown, there are a few common factors that may exacerbate the condition. These are low dietary fiber, food allergies, and stress and anxiety. To increase fiber intake, try our fiber supplements such as The Herbalist's G.I. Gel Plus Fiber, along with a high fiber diet focusing on vegetables and whole grains. For help in determining possible food allergens, try one of our 10-day cleansing protocols, such as the Detox-It Kit followed by an elimination diet excluding common food allergens for 4-6 weeks. To address the possible emotional factors associated with IBS, please refer to our Stress and Anxiety page.