According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are between 2.4 and 3.5 million annual physician visits for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the United States alone. This list provides resources which I have found especially helpful for dealing with these types of autoimmune ailments. I am not a physician but I can tell you that I have found comfort and relief by incorporating practices and advice from these books.
Anti-inflammatory Foods for Health : hundreds of ways to incorporate omega-3 rich foods into your diet to fight arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and more2008 by Barbara RoweGet this item
Many of the foods we eat cause inflammation but eating better can help. I am a strong believer in a diet of omega-3 rich foods and this book is one of my bibles. It's based on research and evidence-based recommendations with explanations that are understandable and helpful.
2016 by Robynne ChutkanGet this item
Intestinal bloating can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and downright annoying but Dr. Chutkan can help. Whether the problem stems from a single source or a combination of things, this book can aide you in determining what to eliminate or regulate in your diet. Well worth it if you suffer from periodic or constant "expansion of the waistline." This book was written for women, but men will benefit from it as well.
2016 by Melissa G HuntGet this item
Licensed clinical psychologist Melissa Hunt offers an interesting approach in this workbook. Rather than restrict her patients to specific diets, she suggests certain skills to help them deal with stress more effectively. Her belief (borne by research) stems from the theory that reducing stress allows IBS sufferers to manage their symptoms better. She introduces us to the cognitive model of stress management and provides behavioral experiments for us to try.
Mind-gut Connection : how the hidden conversation within our bodies impacts our mood, our choices, and our overall health2016 by Emeran A MayerGet this item
This book addresses the psychological impact that gut-related diseases/conditions can have on patients. Many people are afraid to mention these conditions to employers, clients, administrators, and friends, but Dr. Mayer encourages patients to share as doing so may eliminate one or more stress triggers. I can tell you from direct experience that this is sound advice. Another excellent resource in a burgeoning field of research.
2013 by Mary RoachGet this item
I have read every Mary Roach book published and I can't wait for her next one. Gulp takes a close look at the human digestive system starting with intake. Mary Roach does not want to gross out her readers. On the contrary, she wants them to be as fascinated with her subjects as she is. Roach gets her bodily function questions answered (often in a humorous way) by employing a dogged tenacity that adds to the reader's enjoyment.
2016 by Samantha SeneviratneGet this item
Even if you don't have a sensitivity to wheat the recipes in this book will blow you away. Unlike store-bought gluten-free products that tend to be overly sweet or cloyingly oily, these recipes are outstanding. In fact, when I have brought these items to pot-lucks luncheons the plates are always empty at the end—and that's without me even announcing that they are gluten-free.
The 2-step Low-fodmap Eating Plan : how to build a custom diet that relieves the symptoms of IBS, lactose intolerance, and gluten sensitivity2016 by Sue ShepherdGet this item
If you suffer from IBS, or you experience food intolerances or sensitivities, you will find this book especially helpful. It was recommended by a relative who has similar issues and is a godsend. So much was revealed by reading and following this plan—better than any drugs or pharmaceuticals.