Probiotics for IBS

Around one in five people in the UK today is believed to be suffering from IBS symptoms – including gas, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.

85% of UK adults report that they regularly experience stress and around 60%of IBS sufferers listing a psychiatric disorder as one of the major factors in their lives – including generalised anxiety disorder, depression and other mood disorders.

As stress is known to be one of the primary contributors to IBS, even changing your diet completely and sticking to it rigidly might not help if you do not also learn to manage your stress levels.

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Some useful stress management techniques include:

  • Exercise – take part in some movement or physical activity daily if possible.
  • Follow a strict night-time routine to help support restful sleep – and ensure you get 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night.
  • Try relaxation techniques – such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga.
  • Take time out for activities that you enjoy – singing, dancing, Zumba, listening to/watching comedy shows, spending time with friends.
  • Go easy on yourself.

Of course, eating a healthy diet and reducing caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake, can all help to support the production of neurotransmitters, chemical messengers in the body which help to regulate mood and thus help to manage stress.

And ensuring we are getting all the nutrients required to help our digestive system to function correctly will also help to balance our microbiome, reducing IBS symptoms and supporting absorption of nutrients to further support neurotransmitter production (a virtuous circle).

Some key nutrients to help support a healthy diet include magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, fish oils and friendly bacteria – and research into the Lab4 friendly bacteria in the ProVen products shows both support for IBS and anxiety.[1],[2],[3]

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[1] The Sheffield IBS Trial
Williams EA et al 2008. Clinical trial: a multistrain probiotic preparation significantly reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in a double-blind placebo-controlled study. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 29: 97-103
[2] The Cambridge IBS Study
Plummer S, Madden JAJ, Garaiova I, Sen s, Dear KLE, Tarry SA, Williams CF, Hunter JO. Effects of probiotics on the caecal and faecal microbiota of Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients receiving antibiotics: a pilot study. Short Communication. ENGIHR, Valencia, Spain, 18-20th September 2013, pg183-6
[3] The Keele Study
Owen L, Reinders M, Narramore R, Marsh AMR, Gar Lui F, Baron R, Plummer S, Corfe BM. A double blind, placebo controlled, randomised pilot trial examining the effects of probiotic administration on mood and cognitive function. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 2014, 73 (OCE1): E29

 

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