It is highly possible that everybody knows somebody who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), one of the most common conditions of the gastrointestinal system. Symptoms which can vary from person to person often include diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, pain and abdominal cramps. IBS is twice as likely to occur in women as men and although symptoms can occur at any age they most frequently initiate between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The exact cause is unknown however there is often a link between stress and symptoms which often flare up during times of stress or after eating certain foods. The gut itself remains intact but it is the function of the gut and consequently the digestive system that is somehow impaired. There is no known cure but a change in lifestyle factors particularly diet can often help.
Having a good friend who suffers from IBS I was keen to read a recent article in the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2528873/IBS-ruined-sex-life-left-hospital.html, where a lady had eventually found a way to manage her debilitating IBS bloating, dramatically improving her quality of life. This lady (Tiffany) had suffered from IBS for 12 years, enduring stomach pains and bloating on a regular basis. She was even hospitalised with her intense stomach pains 8 years ago which was a particular low point. Painkillers took the edge off her pain but the bloating was unbearable, leaving Tiffany feeling unattractive and miserable. Her relationship with her husband naturally suffered, particularly in the bedroom as did her general self-esteem and zest for life. In the article she describes feeling like she had swallowed a balloon and how certain foods such as bread would leave her doubled over in pain.
I have previously published about the prebiotic Bimuno Intestinal Bifidobacteria Aid (IBAID) on this website so it was interesting to read that after years of trying different solutions Tiffany found the answer to her problems in this same product. If she missed taking her daily intake her symptoms would return. IBAID is a prebiotic that has been clinically proven to help manage long-term bowel health and reduce bloating by establishing balance in the gut. It does this by increasing and strengthening naturally occurring good bacteria present in the gut such as Bifidobacteria without feeding the bad bacteria. This enables the good bacteria to thrive. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics do not contain any live bacteria and are not digestible which means that they reach your colon intact. Probiotics (found in certain food types), on the other hand are digestible so may be destroyed or digested in the stomach or small intestine before they reach the colon. They are therefore much less effective.
The chewy Bimuno Intestinal Bifidobacteria Aid pastilles are recommended to be taken daily to maintain digestive balance.
Written by Lindsey Holcroft