Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Probiotics & Intestinal RepairVitality Magazine February 1, 2012
It is estimated that 20% of Canadians, or approximately six million people in this country, suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Currently its symptoms are second only to the common cold as the most frequent cause of absenteeism from work and school, according to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.
IBS is commonly characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel function such as constipation, diarrhea, or alternating between the two. Symptoms can range from mild to chronic, and can be disabling. According to research conducted by Health Canada, Canadians often suffer for years before being diagnosed.
Through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Government of Canada has supported research for gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS. The government has put hundreds of millions of dollars toward this important research, to continue the quest for a cure for this disease.
What Triggers IBS?
Food sensitivities and allergies may play a role in IBS. Common allergens include:
• Foods like dairy and grains (especially wheat and corn), citrus and chocolate
• Beverages like coffee and tea
• High sulphur foods (garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts)
• Steroids, chlorinated water, traveller’s bugs (parasites)
Lack of fibre may also contribute to IBS, as sufficient fibre is needed to move food through the digestive tract. When food sits in the colon for long periods of time, fermentation of that food produces gas, which may trigger IBS. Research has shown that there is a link between IBS and an overgrowth of “bad” intestinal bacteria. Balancing the “good” and “bad” bacteria can be achieved by taking a probiotic daily.
Within an hour of eating, the average person’s colon contracts, resulting in the urge to eliminate. A person with IBS may experience the urge sooner, and also experience cramps and diarrhea. The symptoms vary from person to person, and may include:
• Diarrhea and/or constipation (chronic or alternating)
• Abdominal pain or spasm
• Mucus in stool
• Bowel urgency/incontinence
• Abdominal pain relieved by defecation
• Sensation of bowel not emptying completely
• Depression and anxiety
How to Manage IBS Naturally
As the cause for IBS is still unknown, providing intestines with the required nutrients to keep them functioning normally, is vital. The cells in the intestinal tract lining are replaced about two times weekly. There are two main nutrients necessary to rebuild the intestinal lining:
IBS is a serious issue for some Canadians, but not life-threatening. It can be managed by diet and lifestyle changes, along with natural supplementation. A sensible and natural approach to managing IBS is as follows:
• Determine “trigger” foods and avoid them;
• Eat 5-6 smaller meals per day, rather than 2-3 large ones;
• Aim to consume 35 grams of fibre per day minimum for optimal health;
• Drink plenty of purified water;
• Replenish intestinal flora with probiotics, such as Ultimate Flora Critical Care by Renew Life;
• Use L-Glutamine and N-acetyl-Glucosamine to rebuild the intestinal tract lining.
A highly effective product that helps with IBS is Renew Life Intestinal Bowel Support, which contains both L-Glutamine and N-acetyl-Glucosamine. It works to rebuild and repair the intestinal tract lining and lessen cramps and spasms that can be caused by an attack.
Ongoing IBS Preventive Care
Once IBS symptoms are under control, a therapeutic-strength, healing product such as IntestiNEW can be used to lessen the likelihood of IBS symptoms occurring in the future. This product helps ensure that the intestinal tract lining continues to rebuild and repair itself regularly, at the same time reducing inflammation and irritation in the intestinal tract. It can be taken on an ongoing basis and can be taken in powder or capsule form.
Intestinal Bowel Support and IntestiNEW are now available at health food stores across Canada. For more information about Renew Life, or to order products visit https://www.renewlife.ca or call 1-(800) 485-0960, ext. 3.