Can live bacteria break the IBS stress cycle? #DontLetIBSHoldYouBack

Can live bacteria break the IBS stress cycle? #DontLetIBSHoldYouBack

We know that a considerable proportion of our readers suffer from IBS. The impact this then has on their day to day lives can be considerable. We’ve covered this topic many times before, but today I would like to introduce you to a product that is helping many people take back control of their lives. VSL#3 could help relieve IBS symptoms. Including abdominal pain, flatulence and bloating in just 4-8 weeks.

As scientists are discovering more about the effects of microbiota on the digestive system and gut-brain axis. Nutrition expert Miguel Toribio-Mateas highlights how high doses of live bacteria can help to break what is referred to as the ‘IBS stress cycle’.

“We now know that a balanced healthy gut flora can have a positive effect not just on our physical health but also our mental wellbeing transforming the way we treat gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS” explains nutrition practitioner and doctoral researcher in clinical neuroscience Miguel Toribio-Mateas. Miguel chairs the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).

The negative impact of IBS on wellbeing was highlighted in a recent survey. Which revealed that the symptoms of IBS. Including abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and changes in toilet habits. Have a profound effect on quality of life impacting on work, sex life and sleep.

IBS is thought to be caused by an imbalance of the 100 trillion bacteria that live in the gut and it is now known that a decreased gut-microbiota richness and diversity can also directly impact on mental wellbeing.

“Supercharging the gut with high doses of specific types of healthy live bacteria can help restore a balanced gut flora providing long-term relief from the symptoms of IBS and breaking the IBS stress cycle” adds Miguel.

VSL#3, is a freeze-dried poly-biotic* containing the highest concentration of good bacteria. It is clinically proven to relieve IBS symptoms including abdominal pain. Bloating and flatulence within just 4-8 weeks. Helping to restore quality of life for the 1 in 5 who suffer from IBS.  VSL#3 contains eight strains of beneficial live bacteria and works by delivering a high volume of good bacteria. That are proven to survive the harsh conditions of the stomach allowing them to reach and colonise the gut where they restore a healthy balance.

Having suffered from IBS since she was 18. Jill (in her early 40s) reveals, “The bloating and discomfort of IBS really affected my daily life, often stopping me going out. Changes to bowel habits also made me lethargic, leaving me feeling more stressed and downhearted. Unlike other probiotics I have taken. Since adding VSL#3 to my daily routine. I started to see significant improvement with my symptoms within literally a few days. And I couldn’t be happier with the results.”

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