April is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month. A relatively common digestive health disorder, IBS affects approximately 30 million people in North America. The symptoms of this chronic intestinal disorder can range from mild to severe. It is easy to manage and live with for some people, though it can negatively impact another person’s quality of life if symptoms are debilitating.
Read through to learn more about IBS, its signs and symptoms, and how to find relief through the use of gut-healing supplements.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS is a disorder affecting the large intestine. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, several factors may play a part in developing the syndrome. These factors can include stress, infection, gut bacteria changes, and changes in intestinal contractions (stronger contractions leading to symptoms like gas and diarrhea, and weaker contractions leading to constipation).
IBS does not discriminate in terms of who it affects. While the disorder tends to occur more often in women and in younger people under 50, it can affect the young and the old, male and female. Risk factors that make IBS more likely to occur include a family history of the disorder, as well as extreme stress.
What are the signs and symptoms of IBS?
Refer to the ABCDs of IBS for the main symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
- Abdominal pain
These symptoms may occur together or separately and may change in duration or severity. Factors like stress or specific food intolerances like dairy or citrus lead to flare-ups of IBS symptoms. Because IBS is a chronic condition, these symptoms typically require long-term management.
Other signs that a person might have Irritable Bowel Syndrome include changes in bowel movements’ appearance or frequency and more severe signs like sudden weight loss, blood in the stool, and vomiting. Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any severe symptoms.
How are IBS and its related symptoms treated?
While more severe cases require medication, many of those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome find relief through changes to their diet and lifestyle, including the regular use of vitamins that help with digestion. The ingestion of enzymes, fiber and probiotics have been known to help improve gut health. At Futurebiotics, we offer the following gut health supplements to help improve digestion and relieve the symptoms of IBS:
Digestive enzymes that occur in nature in certain fruits and fermented foods can be difficult to obtain naturally through a regular diet. This Futurebiotics enzyme complex helps break down proteins, carbs and fats, promoting optimal digestion and relief from gut and abdominal discomfort.*
This multi-enzyme formula contains seven vegetarian enzymes that help support digestion and nutrient absorption, which can lead to better intestinal health. Our vegetarian formula helps the body process fats, proteins and carbs, leading to abdominal pain and discomfort relief.*
Fiber is a critical part of any healthy digestive system and is often missing from today’s modern diets. This Futurebiotics dietary fiber supplement is easy to take and offers 1.66g of fiber per four capsules. The supplement adds bulk and substance to your stool, helping cleanse the digestive tract and bowel better.*
Apple Pectin is a natural source of water-soluble fiber, which attracts water and acts as a bulking agent, forming a gel-like substance within the digestive tract – aiding in reducing certain IBS symptoms and promoting more comfortable digestion.*
This digestive health product contains a 16-strain probiotic blend that helps support overall health and well-being by encouraging good gut bacteria in the stomach. This powerful supplement is formulated with high-quality, pure ingredients that are free of GMOs, gluten and soy.*
How probiotics help improve digestion
Probiotics are microbes, or living organisms like yeast, fungi and bacteria, that occur naturally within our bodies and play an essential role in maintaining healthy digestive function. While there are over a thousand good bacteria species in the body, the most common are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. While these important bacteria are naturally occurring within our digestive systems, factors like age, stress level and diet can affect their number and efficacy.
Probiotic supplements help maintain a good level of healthy gut bacteria and help reduce bad bacteria that can cause illness and infection. Probiotics have also been known to help boost overall immunity and increase vitamin absorption.
A mid-range blend of probiotics with up to 50 billion CFU (colony forming units) is ideal for more comprehensive intestinal support and the digestive tract’s daily maintenance. Our Futurebiotics Probiotic 50 Billion CFU‡ + Prebiotic supplement is an excellent choice for those requiring IBS relief and intestinal care, offering both the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species of bacteria among many others (16 strains in total).
Are you looking for IBS symptom support or general ways to work towards healing the gut naturally? Futurebiotics has you covered with a range of digestive system supplements designed to boost digestion and help improve overall intestinal health. Explore our gut health supplements here.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.