You may have heard that you should be taking probiotics for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
What are they anyhow? Probiotics are live beneficial microorganisms like bacteria or yeast that are available in supplements and foods. Amazingly enough our digestive system is home to more than 500 species of bacteria all of which help keep our intestines healthy and regulate a healthy immune system.
When the balance of healthy bacteria is upset in the GI tract after the ingestion of antibiotics the lining of the intestines becomes damaged. Introducing new organisms like those found in probiotics helps restore that imbalance and improves the integrity of the intestinal lining.
Probiotics are a very important tool in treating any gastrointestinal disorder such as acid reflux, gas, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, ulcerative colitis and crohn’s.
In order to get the maximum benefits of probiotics for IBS, there are 8 basic rules to follow when using probiotics for treatment of your Irritable Bowel Disease:
1. Conditions: You should take probiotics if you have any inflammatory bowel condition.
2. Refrigeration: Be sure that the probiotic is kept refrigerated. Lack of refrigeration will render them ineffective no matter what anyone tells you.
3. Multiple bacterial strains: Make sure that the probiotic contains multiple strains of bacteria and understand what they do and what ones you need. Do your homework.
4. Adequate dosage: Make sure that you ingest an adequate amount of the probiotic, whether in capsules or powder. Failing to do so is one of the biggest mistakes that people make. There’s no need to worry about an overdose — that’s not possible. Find a good probiotic and take a bunch of it.
5. Post-antibiotic treatment: Always take probiotics immediately after finishing any antibiotics.
6. Yogurt myth: IBS cannot be reversed by eating lots of yogurt. You need way more potency than yogurt can provide.
7. Food: Do not take probiotics with food. You should take them either 30 minutes prior to eating or one hour after eating.
8. Explaining your recovery: Don’t bother to try and explain to your physician how you made a complete recovery from IBS. Even though they have gone holistic they won’t really understand. It is just not in their training.
If you follow these tips for taking probiotics for IBS or any other inflammatory bowel condition you will be taking a good 1st step on your way to complete healing.