When people first hear about IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), some tend to laugh at the name. Unfortunately, there is nothing funny about IBS and 45 million Americans will attest to that! The symptoms include abdominal pain, anorexia, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea (often alternating), gas, intolerances to certain foods, mucus in the stools, and nausea. Most often the pain is felt after eating and sometimes severe headaches can accompany this condition. Fortunately, there are natural ways to soothe the symptoms of IBS. Eat plenty of fiber-rich foods like chia seeds, whole grains, fresh vegetables, legumes, and sprouted seeds. Try to limit your intake of cabbage, broccoli, onions, and cauliflower. Avoid wheat or dairy products are these can irritate the gut. Ginger and turmeric have been shown as beneficial for IBS, so you may want to include these spices in dishes. Avoid animal fats, butter, and all carbonated beverages. Also avoid coffee, candy, chocolate, fried foods, ice cream, and junk foods.