Probiotics: The Solution to IBS

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is a health condition affecting 11% of people worldwide. IBS is associated with the digestive system. When something is wrong during digestion, all you want to do is stay in the bathroom. It makes you feel terrible preventing you from enjoying your social life. However, until you understand the causes of this condition, it is difficult controlling it. Here is a deeper look into IBS and what to do about it.

What Causes IBS?

The way to deal with any digestive problem is by examining its root cause. Well, there is no established cause of IBS, but there are symptoms to look out for. Watch out for a bloated stomach, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Do not be surprised to feel pain in your abdomen.

For you to experience these symptoms, something must have triggered them. For instance, wrong messages sent between the brain and the intestines may cause the symptoms. Infections and food intolerances are also triggers but the most common trigger according to research is changing in gut flora.

Importance of Having and Sustaining Good Gut Flora

Basics about Gut Flora Probiotics

Gut flora are the microorganisms found in the gut such as bacteria. They play an important role in your body. For example, the good bacteria help your body fight bad bacteria.

You must have read somewhere that antibiotics are bad for gut health. It is because they introduce bad bacteria in the gut. This forces the good bacteria to fight them, as they are dangerous to your overall health. That is why it is recommended that when using antibiotics, you also use probiotics. They cancel out the bad bacteria keeping your gut healthy.

However, do not blame antibiotics for your gut problems. Poor diet, stress and even illness are bad for your gut. That is why you need to boost the good bacteria in your body for a healthier you.

Importance of gut flora

It is essential in boosting your immunity, controlling cholesterol levels and hormones, keeping your weight in check and lowering yeast infections. Actually, a good number of Harvard Health Studies associate gut flora with preventing cancer and heart conditions.

The Link between Probiotics and IBS

WHO defines probiotic as microorganisms, which when administered in certain amounts are beneficial to your health. These microorganisms are beneficial in several ways.

For instance, they counter bad bacteria in the gut thus improving gut health. They also balance the bacteria found in the colon. Regarding IBS, there have been reports about studies proving improvement in IBS patients after using probiotics.

Probiotic medications with bifidobacteria do a good job in curbing IBS. B.infantis bacteria are also coming up very well but they need more research.

Therefore, when getting a prescription, always read the composition of the medication to know which microorganisms are in it.

Look for control release’ pills because their proper coating prevents body acids from destroying the bacteria in them even before they start working. You need to take probiotic supplements daily for a lasting effect.

Natural Sources of Probiotics

You do not need to rely entirely on probiotic pills. You can get the probiotics in foods you find at the store every day. Consider taking more of kombucha, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, natural yogurt and Kefir-style drinks. Feta and Gouda are also good. These have an abundance of good microorganisms.

Pre biotics work well with probiotics

Pre biotics are found in carbs especially fiber. Usually, your body cannot break them down but the good bacteria in the gut can, thus benefiting your body. The benefits include inhibiting inflammation, preventing cancer and curbing skin conditions such as eczema.

Insoluble fibers (indigestible) increase symptoms of IBS that is why you should avoid them. Natural sources of prebiotics include garlic, watermelon, snow peas, lentils, barley, and chickpeas.

Bottom Line

The causes of IBS continue to be a hot debate. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet. However, not all hope is lost. Gut health has been the most likely area associated with IBS, though there are other areas.

IBS is very unfair. Your lifestyle could be healthy but you could still suffer from IBS. Probiotics do not completely cure IBS but it is worth trying the supplements. They help reduce IBS-related health problems.

Having a healthy gut does not only reduce digestive tract problems but also prevents colds. Therefore, make efforts to have a better gut by eating gut healthy food and living a healthier life.