IBS – The Hidden Irritants and Offenders

You have been following all the necessary steps to avoid irritable bowel syndrome and yet still find yourself fighting the bloating, cramping, gas and other discomforts associated with IBS. You can’t imagine why this is occurring but after careful examination of your life, you will find you are missing one important factor. You may have overlooked the hidden Sorbitol, and other sugar substitutes that have sneaked into your life.

These sugar substitutes come under the heading of “alcohol sugars” and are used as sugar substitutes in many products, most you are probably unaware of, and using on a daily basis. They come under the name of Sorbitol, Mannitol, Xylitol and they not only lead to symptoms of IBS (gas, cramping, bloating) but they also create a laxative effect. If you happen to be someone who has a sensitive digestive tract, you have most likely been experiencing the reactions created by these chemicals.

They are found in:


Plaque Reducing Rinses


Breath Mints

Chewing Gum

Diet Foods

Ice Creams

Sugar-Free Foods and Products

Now, not all toothpastes and mouthwashes contain these substances but it is worth your while to find out which ones do and switch to the ones that do not. One cannot help but swallow some toothpaste, mouthwash or plaque reducing formulas. Residue always remains in the mouth and swallowing afterwards sends these chemicals directly to the gut. Again, a sensitive digestive tract will often react.

Here are a few hints and tips to avoid ingesting these products:

Begin by checking the ingredients of your toothpaste, mouthwash, plaque reducers, chewing gum, mints, and all other artificially sweetened products (ice creams, frozen desserts, drinks). Look for the word Sorbitol, Mannitol, or Xylitol on labels.

Any product or food with the term “sugar free” is usually a tip-off to one of these chemicals. Begin to weed these products out of your house and replace them with those which do not contain these ingredients. There are many sugar substitutes which do not contain these ingredients. Opt for them if intestinal upset is your problem.

Whenever given a choice, select natural products over chemical. Better living through chemistry does not always correlate to a healthy intestinal tract. You will never go wrong when doing so. Many manufacturers of low-cal or diet products use these chemicals as well. If you are dieting and experiencing intestinal distress, check out your labels. After elimination of these chemicals, you will notice an absence of gas, bloating and bathroom urgency.

In order to prevent this upset in the future, do yourself a favor and investigate all of your sugar-free products, snacks, pharmaceuticals and hygiene products. You’ll be doing your digestive tract a favor.