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Probiotics may help with IBS

Irritable bowel symptom, or IBS,  is a common functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by abdominal symptoms such as abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating and change of bowel habits leading to either diarrhea or constipation. The exact cause of IBS is not clear, but stress, gastrointerstinal infections or antibiotics use are often triggers of the onset of IBS symptoms. One theory gaining ground is that it may be due to a shift in the balance of billions of bacteria which normally inhabit our intestine, towards those bacteria that produce excess gas and could possibly initiate an inflammatory response. The treatments of IBS include anti-diarrheals for diarrhea predominant IBS, stool softeners for constipation-predominant IBS, and antispasmodics for pain relief. However, these medications seem to only be able to provide temporary relief.

In one study, 52 people diagnosed with IBS were divided into two groups. One group was supplemented daily for 8 weeks with probiotic containing 25 billion live bacteria per daily dose. The second group received a placebo capsule. None of the participants knew if they were taking the probiotic or the placebo capsule. The following IBS symptoms were assessed every two weeks during the study period an again at 10 weeks. Two weeks after taking the probiotics, participants noticed decreased in days with pain, decreased in abdominal pain, decreased bloating, and improved quality of life.

The study suggested that supplementing large number of these beneficial bacteria may have the effect of “crowding” out the bad bacteria in the gut thereby helping to reduce gas production and pain.

Williams E.A., et al. Clinical trial: a multi-strain probiotic preparation significantly reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in a double-blind placebo-controlled study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2009:29:27-103

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What can do you to help bowel disease naturally?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term used for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis where inflammation of the bowel causes anemia, fever, and weight loss. Although each bowel disease is different, the symptoms are so similar that a proper diagnosis can be different.

The exacerbation of bowel disease and disorders in inextricably linked to fried, greasy foods; a low-fiber diet; a diet with too much processed foods; or eating too much food. When we treat our stomachs like garborators by eating junk foods and not chewing our food properly, the small and large intestines suffer the consequences. Stress aggravates the situation. In irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the cause is unknown, but depression, stress and food allergies are main triggers. IBD is promoted by the immune system. Many research have demonstrated that the inflammatory factors secreted by the immune system are associated with the damage to the intestinal wall and increase inflammation seen in bowel disease.

Healthy tips to enhance healing:

  • Eliminate food allergies.
  • Aid digestion by taking digestive plant enzymes with every meal.
  • To promote digestion, add fresh-squeezed lemon juice to a cup of warm water.
  • Avoid coffee as it can aggravates the gut. Switch to green tea which as more antioxidants and less caffeine.
  • Take alone or in combination effective herbs to soothe your tummy including ginger, peppermint and fennel.
  • Consider seeing a chiropractor which may be able to provide some relief if there is a misalignment in your spine.
  • Consider seeing an acupuncturist which may reduce the need for surgery.



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