April Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month and I wanted to share some important information with you regarding the condition. IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating and alteration in bowel habits. Approximately 20% of the population in industrialized nations is thought to suffer from IBS on some level. IBS affects people of all walks of life, all over the world for a number of different reasons. IBS may come about after an infection or after a stressful life event. However because IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder it is very much impacted by your diet.

I firmly believe that many of today’s conditions could be alleviated if we paid more attention to eating real food. As Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Something I live by, and it’s what led me to initiate research studies into the effects of Kamut® brand khorasan wheat on people with wheat sensitivities and health conditions.

Often, people inflicted with IBS are told to cut wheat out of their diet entirely as to not aggravate the symptoms. This is not always the best solution as the research found.

In February, 2014 The British Journal of Nutrition published “Effect of Triticum turgidum subsp. turanicum wheat on irritable bowel syndrome: a double-blinded randomized dietary intervention trial”. This trial was the first human study to compare the effects of modern wheat against KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat on people suffering from IBS. This study revealed that a diet of KAMUT® brand ancient grains products increased anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity in the body when compared to a diet of modern wheat. Of the twenty participants, (thirteen females and seven males, aged 18 – 59) every single person in the study showed steady and significant improvement in his or her IBS symptoms when eating the ancient grain products throughout the test period.  When those same people ate the modern wheat, they reported no significant difference in their symptom during the experiment.

I thought it was important to share the results of this study because for anyone who knows what it means to suffer from IBS these results can be study can be life changing. Consider sharing this information with a loved one or anyone you know who lives with IBS. If you would like you can read the full study by clicking here