Bowel problems? This vitamin is just what you need!

It's one of the most common reasons people see a doctor -- responsible for nearly 10,000 office visits every DAY.

Yet it gets almost no attention in the media.

It's time to change that.

Up to 45 million Americans suffer from some degree of irritable bowel syndrome. While many seek treatment when it gets bad, the vast majority are too embarrassed to even mention it to a doctor.

Believe it or not, sometimes they're the lucky ones.

When you DO ask a doctor for help, he could put you on meds that are even worse than those stomach struggles!

Well, friend, I'm here with a little relief -- and it's not a drug with side effects.

It's an ordinary vitamin that you might be taking anyway... just not in the right amount!

A new analysis of seven studies confirms that many people battling the gas, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, and more that mark irritable bowel syndrome are also low in vitamin D.

Not only that, but the study also does something even more important.

It proves that taking D supplements can help ease the worst the condition can throw your way.

Three of the seven studies in the new analysis were clinical trials that tested supplements in IBS patients, and 2 in 3 found big-time benefits. The vitamin eased the worst of the symptoms, making the condition less severe and improving overall quality of life.

The researchers behind the new study say that we need more research, and I won't argue with that.

Let's just make sure that it's the RIGHT KIND of research!

Too many studies -- especially on vitamin D -- use very low levels, often just a few hundred IUs per day.

If that doesn't work -- or, rather, WHEN that doesn't work -- they can claim that the D didn't help.

OF COURSE it didn't. That's barely enough to make a dent in your deficiency.

In reality, you need much higher doses to get any benefit at all. Even without IBS, most people need between 2,000 and 5,000 IUs per day, and some may need more in winter, when sun levels are low (and especially if you're fighting off a chronic illness or are taking certain meds that can sap you of your ability to absorb D).

Along with increasing your intake of the sunshine vitamin, be sure to take other steps to control the symptoms, including a high-quality probiotic blend and extensive testing for food sensitivities in the care of a holistic medical doctor.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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