Disruption of irritable bowel syndrome and how probiotic ease the digestive flow

Dec 5, 2020

How irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) interrupts your digestive flow?

Imbalance gut flora is one of the primary causes that can lead to various digestive disorders and diseases. Microflora that resides in our gut is vital for digestion, immune system, and metabolic functions. When our body doesn’t have enough friendly bacteria, harmful bacteria can thrive and lead to dysbiosis (microflora imbalance).

The exact causes for IBS remain unknown. However, scientists reveal that it could possibly due to communication disruption between the brain and the gut flora in the gastrointestinal tract. Factors such as stress, food intolerance, hormonal changes may trigger IBS. IBS can happen at any age, but it is typically diagnosed at the age of 20s and onwards. A higher prevalence of IBS was found among females compared to males. For IBS patients, it is a challenge for them to travel far away from their comfort home, as they will need to do toilet mapping along their travel route.

IBS can seriously impact daily life activities. Here are some stories shared by IBS patients about how IBS affected their life.

 

“All I could think about was needing to run to the bathroom while in the airport security line,” recalls one of the IBS patients while waiting for the long queue airport check-in1.

“I don’t feel comfortable having to have a bowel movement in public restrooms or at friends’ homes because of the noise from gas and the smell,” mentioned by a 50 years old IBS patient2.

“My first episode was at a football game and I didn’t make it to the bathroom in time. Very embarrassing and traumatic,” shared from a patient who had IBS for 15 years2.

How irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) interrupts your digestive flow?
 

In order to prevent these uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, we need to restore our gut microflora. Try to avoid frequent use of antibiotics, unhealthy diet, consumption of contaminated foods/beverages, stress and excessive alcohol drinking, which may disrupt the balance of gut microflora. For patients with IBS, it is crucial for them to manage their stress and avoid food which appears sensitive to their gut for instances, gluten, dairy products, caffeinated drinks, high fructose products etc.

And probiotic can help to ease the digestive flow!

BiO-LiFE Probi LP299v: It contains a specific strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v which have been clinically studied for its safety and efficacy in reducing the symptoms of IBS. Clinical studies showed that consumption of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v helps to improve the frequency and severity of IBS symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain, incomplete defecation, and stool frequency3.

Find out more on Probi LP299v

References
  1. Everyday Health, Inc, 2017. How to Travel With Symptoms of IBS. Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/ibs/how-travel-with-symptoms-ibs/
  2. International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, 2020. Personal Stories Living with IBS. Retrieved from https://www.aboutibs.org/personal-stories.html
  3. Ducrotté, P., Sawant, P., and Jayanthi, V., 2012. Clinical trial: Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (DSM 9843) improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol, 18:4012-4018.