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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders and is characterized by abdominal distension, constipation and diarrhea, mucus in the stool, gas, and nausea. Individuals with IBS tend to also have mental and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, depression and difficulty sleeping. The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms seem to correlate with psychological factors.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Uncomfortable signs and symptoms are:

  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Mucus in stool      

Supplement Recommendations for IBS


Beneficial bacteria are critical to a healthy digestive and immune system. This high potency probiotic blend is recommended when advanced support is needed (antibiotic use, travel, troublesome digestion). Pathway 35 BILLION PROBIOTIC features 8 strains of beneficial bacteria that are stabilized using a patented system that provides shelf stability at normal room temperature (no refrigeration necessary). In addition, the bacteria are designed to survive stomach acid secretions during digestion therefore eliminating the need to be enteric coated.


Pathway DIGEST-EASE contains a combination of herbal ingredients such as gentian, fennel, Oregon grape, licorice, ginger, and prickly ash to support digestive health. Pathway DIGEST-EASE promotes digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid (HCl) production. As a result, the digestive system will be better able to kill parasites, bacteria, and germs that may be contributing to uncomfortable digestive symptoms.

Pathway Digase

Pathway Digase contains the full complement of digestive enzymes; providing Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase, Lactase, and Glucoamylase complemented by herbs Gentian root, Caraway seed, and Ginger root to support digestion and absorption.


Pathway CLEARFIBER contains clinically tested partially hydrolyzed guar gum that has numerous health benefits. For example, guar gum supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as digestive system functioning. ClearFiber dissolves completely with no grit or thickening. It mixes easily into most foods and beverages without adding any taste. ClearFiber is an easy and convenient way to increase dietary fiber intake.


Pathway GI OPTIMAL SUPPORT provides comprehensive support for gastrointestinal health and function. The lining of the gut must have proper permeability and integrity so it can not only absorb nutrients, but also prevent toxins, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the blood stream. Maintaining gut health is the key to promoting overall wellness. Pathway GI OPTIMAL SUPPORT is available in capsule and powder form. Made with non-GMO ingredients.


Saccharomyces boulardii is a special freeze-dried beneficial yeast strain isolated from Litchi fruits. Unlike other products containing this organism, Pathway SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII product is dairy and lactose free and does not require refrigeration. Saccharomyces boulardii provides important protection of the digestive mucosa. And, has been most studied for its efficiency in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrheas. Made with non-GMO ingredients.


Pathway RELAXATION SUPPORT combines a soothing blend of relaxing herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Relaxation Support contains Relora®, a patented blend of Magnolia officinalis and Phellondendron amurense studied for its calming and focusing effect as well as stress induced weight management problems. SunTheanine® is also incorporated in the formula to aid relaxation. We also include calming herbs, such as chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, skullcap, hops and passionflower.

Holistic treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

At Village Green Apothecary, our trained nutritionists will work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They will help to discover the root cause of your IBS and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They will also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you. Natural treatments for IBS includes increasing fiber intake, avoiding refined sugar,  processed foods, and foods that you may be allergic to or sensitive to, stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, and taking nutritional supplements support gastrointestinal health.

We’re here to help! 

Schedule a consultation with one of Village Green’s naturopathic doctors or certified nutritionists for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our professionals will:

  • Review your IBS symptoms and health history
  • Examine your diet and lifestyle
  • Recommend specialized testing
  • Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Evaluate IBS treatment options
  • Create a customized plan that includes natural solutions, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and custom compounding.

  Contact a Village Green nutritionist to help you design the best diet plan for your needs by calling 800-869-9159.

  Learn more about our nutrition counseling and wellness services.