DIGESTIVE SUPPLEMENTS such as high quality enzymes and probiotics are used in IBS to maintain good gut heath, reduce bloating and in promoting well-being. A healthy gut means a healthy body and life!
Supplements have few side-effects, although you should always read the manufacturers guidance and discuss with your doctor to make sure there is no contraindication to you having them.
Let's take a look at the options...
This term, WELL BEING, is used to describe a gastrointestinal system free of injury or illnesses.
So in IBS, HOW CAN WE KEEP YOUR BOWEL WELL? I’ve already talked about your diet, which remains the number one key to a healthy gut.
However, there are also 5 DIGESTIVE SUPPLEMENTS available to you:
Other than the diet options such as the low FODMAP diet, nutritional supplements might also be helpful to you.
DIGESTIVE SUPPLEMENTS include replacing vitamins you might be deficient in and minerals which your body requires to carry out the 'normal homeostatic processes.
Probiotic digestive supplements are a form of bacterial replacement therapy with little in the way of side effects.
They are thought to restore small bowel bacterial balance by displacing bad bacteria.
An example of this is acidophilus, an inert bacterium which is available as 'pills or pearls'.
Soluble fibre supplements can be thought of as prebiotics.
They're a form of bacterial food, aiding digestion and restoring balance, without causing the bloating you may experience with insoluble fibers.
Popular fibres include:
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES can strengthen your IBS and are catalysts aiding the breakdown of foods in your body.
The 3 main types are proteinases, lipases and carbohydrases which aid digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates respectively.
This form of digestive supplement mimics these enzymes aiding digestion of your food.
They usually come in combinations, with one being more prominent than another for a certain food type.
These are commonly referred to as colon cleansers are said to aid toxin removal by their laxative effect on your large bowel.They come as powders, tablets and liquids.
Another option is a colonic irrigation which purges your bowel.
All these SUPPLEMENTS have been used to improve bowel health.
Most of the evidence for these is anecdotal as there are no large scale clinical trials involving them. However, despite this, there is quite widespread support for their use by IBS sufferers.