While I'm not ready to tout one hollistic approach, drink, concoction, I am a firm believer in that diet, exercise, stress management, possibly specific meds to help some of us, are very important.
I personally feel as if I am a walking, breathing and talking puzzle. Managing my situation involves several puzzles pieces. If they're all in place, I do okay. Not great, but not bad either. If one is missing, I'm a mess.
Stress is a big one though. Whenever I am under an undue amount of stress, my gut is almost always a mess. The only way I know how to counteract the added stress is to severely pull back on solids. I call it "emergency mode." I can only do this for short periods of time but it does work.
Right now my stomach is rather active, which means I'd better have a Brown Cow cup (organic yogurt, high in acidopholis). I also feel better if I sandwich my eating with 2 servings of this type of yogurt, beginning each day with one and having one an hour or so after my dinner. Maybe that's a placebo effect, but it does seem to level things out inside my GI tract.
Also, IMHO we all need to figure out what works for each of us. What works for one person will likely not work for the next IBSer but it's worth a try, regardless. A food diary helps great too.
Sorry for a second, wordy reply!
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg each evening