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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

 

An estimated 1 in 5 Americans have functional gastrointestinal (GI) complaints such as cramping, bowel irritation, bloating, occasional constipation, or loose stools. Although these complaints mostly affect women and often present in the teenage years or young adulthood, they can occur in either gender and in all ages.

 

GI concerns can interfere with your ability to maintain healthy, active lifestyles and negatively impact your overall quality of life. They may also cause a great deal of emotional distress which can create embarrassing situations while out in public. In some cases, the inability to control these symptoms can make it difficult to go to work, attend social events, and even travel short distances. 

 

Although functional GI complaints have not been traced to a single cause, research suggests that altered levels of intestinal bacteria may play a role. These preliminary findings have led experts in the field to assess the effectiveness of probiotics which promote the growth of healthy bacteria and help to inhibit the growth of unhealthy microorganisms in the intestinal tract in patients with GI concerns. Since not all probiotics are the same, investigators focused on specific, identity-certified products known for their health-promoting benefits.  Testing to learn what is out of balance is step one.  When we have some answers to what we are dealing with, we look at what to do. 

 

Published clinical research has demonstrated positive effects of specific strains of identity as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis as part of an individualized program to relieve functional GI complaints. In a recent study in just 4 weeks, 26 patients given this nutritional intervention reported an average 51% decrease in GI complaints, along with a 31% improvement in quality of life!  As always, getting informed of your options seems like a good idea.  We know that some of the preservatives in the foods (that never mold) in convenience stores cause good bacteria in your body to malfunction as well.

 

 

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The information contained within this website is not intended to take the place of medical advice from your personal physician.  Readers are advised to consult their own physician or qualified health care professional regarding the treatment of their condition(s).  Jan Hamilton, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research, and in partnership with your primary care physician.  Our facility is not responsible for any possible consequence from any choice you make in treatment, action, or application of herbs, vitamins, minerals, or other supplementation.  All content of this website is copyright Jan Hamilton, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., unless otherwise indicated.