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August 14, 2017
  •  By: Bethany Ugarte

IBS and how you CAN heal through natural foods

Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects the large intestine/colon and causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation.

I have suffered from IBS for years, where my body could not absorb foods properly, however, the problem got progressively worse and in 2015 I had a near death flair up of IBS where entire foods were being eliminated and undigested.

IBS treatments include diet and lifestyle changes and medications, however, I decided to heal myself naturally through the right foods (and the right way to eat them). I am now able to absorb more nutrients, my body can utilize food properly, and I can obtain all the benefits from food as we all were supposed to. Food became my medicine and healed me and still is!

One of the creations I still love making (and eating!) is my Butternut Squash Fudge. It’s low in sugar, gut healing due to the grass-fed gelatin, and still satisfies my sweet tooth! It’s also candida diet compliant for anyone fighting the battle.

Butternut Squash Fudge Recipe:
Ingredients:
•1 medium butternut squash
•1/4 cup coconut oil
•1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
•3 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin

Directions:
1. Bake squash until super soft (time will vary). Remove skins and seeds.
2. While squash is still hot, puree with remaining ingredients (do not add any liquid) until smooth.
3. Pour mixture into a bread loaf pan lined with parchment paper or silicone molds and refrigerate about 2-3 hours or until firm.

It takes the right nutrition to heal and seal your gut and to start repairing your insides. I still have troubles, but I’ve come a long way from being bed ridden and hardly able to walk, to hitting the gym daily, and want you to know that if you set your mind to something, you CAN achieve it!

So many people out there are suffering and in the same boat, and I had no idea until I shared my story. So, whether you are in the midst of tummy trouble, or perhaps have healed, I urge you to share your story! You never know how you may help others.

Bethany is a full time blogger who focuses on gut health and healing the body naturally through specific foodsShe now shares specific recipes and health tips geared towards digestive health. Follow her on Instagram: @lilsipper

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