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I.B.S. - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition affecting approximately 15% of the population at any one time1. People with irritable bowel syndrome usually have three main symptoms: pain in the lower abdomen, diarrhoea, or constipation and abdominal bloating. In IBS the intestine does not work properly, but with no obvious damage to the digestive tract. Patients with IBS may in fact have one or more of the following gastrointestinal complaints: leaky gut syndrome, gut dysbiosis (imbalanced gut microflora), Candida overgrowth, parasitic infections, food intolerances and allergies.

In addition to increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria in a person’s intestine, live bacteria may also reduce the amount of gas produced. People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome tend to produce higher than average amounts of gas2, evidence has shown that taking a daily probiotic supplement can help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome3.

References

  1. Heaton, K.W. and Thompson, W.G. (2003), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (2nd edition), Health Press, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK.
  2. King, T.S., Elia, M. and Hunter, J.O. (1998), “Abnormal colonic fermentation in irritable bowel syndrome”, The Lancet, 352:1187-1189.
  3. Cartwright P. (2003), Probiotics for Crohn’s and Colitis, Prentice Publishing.

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