Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that results in a host of bothersome symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, bloating, and gas.
In addition to many standard medical treatment options, one of the most effective natural remedies for IBS is probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be helpful in controlling numerous medical conditions. The most common benefit of probiotics is their effect on gastrointestinal problems such irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There is a good number of probiotics that have been shown to improve IBS symptoms with many studies still ongoing to pinpoint the most effective ones.
Types of Probiotics
Most probiotics are live bacteria similar to the essential bacteria present in the human stomach, so consuming probiotics either through your diet or by taking supplements can promote a healthy digestive system. Probiotics support a balanced environment in the stomach by stopping harmful pathogens and by lessening inflammation.
Foods that have a high content of probiotics include kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and all fermented foods. Kefir is particularly effective as it contains specific probiotic strains such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Streptococcus. Lactobacillus acidophilus, for instance, is one of the most researched and beneficial probiotics.
How Probiotics Work
A number of studies reveal that an increased dietary intake of probiotics or taking probiotic supplements can reduce bloating and gas, promote healthier bowel movements, ease stomach pain and cramps, and improve most IBS symptoms to a considerable degree.
Research also shows that a specific type of probiotic known as Bifidobacterium Infantis can be highly effective in relieving IBS symptoms. Bifidobacterium infantis has been shown to ease stomach pain, swelling, and irregularity. B. infantis is available over-the-counter under the name Align, and there is also VSL 3, which contains this particular strain of probiotic as well as a host of other probiotics associated with digestive health.
Although probiotics are safe to consume for most people, it is still essential to consult with your primary physician about taking probiotic supplements. Probiotics are also not recommended for those with an impaired immune system or with a serious chronic condition.
Featured Image: Twitter