Manuka Honey For IBS: Can It Help?
Ranking the 16th most searched question about Manuka honey, in this blog post, we answer the question: “How to use Manuka honey for IBS?”.
First, let’s talk about what IBS is. Short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS is a disorder of the large intestine & affects nearly a quarter of Americans, causing symptoms ranging from bloating & abdominal pain to loose stools & undesired weight loss.
IBS can have many triggers, including:
- Food allergies
- Hormone imbalance
- Leaky gut
- Yeast overgrowth
- Poor thyroid function
- Poor hydration.
Conventional medicine would say it is irreversible, but clinics specializing in treating the root causes of IBS have successfully reversed many cases. Those with IBS must manage their symptoms through various diet and lifestyle changes, so how can Manuka honey help?
Among many other things, Manuka honey can:
-Reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
-Act as a prebiotic by stimulating the growth of good bacteria.
-Actively fight against disease-causing bacteria in the gut.
All honey does contain fructose, which can be an IBS trigger for some. It's essential to ingest the honey raw as the raw enzymes make the sugars easier to digest.
You can take up to 1-2 tablespoons per day but space it out and take a little before each meal so you can harness its prebiotic effects. If your IBS is severe and you find you tolerate the honey well, try a high MGO Manuka such as a 500+ or even 1000+ MGO. These strengths are typically for external uses; however, certain severe internal conditions can also benefit.