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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder. The cause of IBS remains unknown, although stress is considered to be a significant factor in many cases. In cases of IBS, a small region of the intestinal tract contracts and goes into a minor spasm, and sometimes restricting passage of fecal matter through the intestinal tract. The spasm can lead to pain and the restriction of fecal matter passage causing distension of the intestinal tract. Symptoms include abdominal bloating, pain and soreness, gas, and alternating diarrhea and constipation. People with IBS are more likely than others to have backaches, fatigue, and several other seemingly unrelated problems.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics should contain a full complement of digestive enzymes as well as prebiotics, which together support the function of the small and large intestine. Digestive enzymes help to fully break down food after each meal, preventing the build up of irritants in the gut. Prebiotics promote the growth of friendly gut bacteria, which are important for the normal function of the large bowel as well as digestion, elimination and normal gut-immune function.
A natural sleep aid nutrient should contain natural agents that support brain and gut serotonin levels and help to induce a more relaxed state. This can help break the stress-spasm cycle within the intestinal tract muscular layers.
Whey protein and fiber shakes should contain 25 gms of whey protein per serving along with 5 grams of dietary fiber. The fiber in this product is designed to support bowel function and improve regularity. This product is a delicious and healthy way to get additional protein and improve bowel function, naturally.
Additional Supplement Considerations
2 capsules of a potent probioic supplement each day
ground flaxseed acts like a gentle laxative to move bowel contents through the gut at a normal pace. It can be helpful in some cases of IBS.