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Ease Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), With Sleep Hormones & Yoghurt

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) The Approach

If you experience symptoms such as chronic diarrhoea, constipation, gas and bloating you may just put it down to poor digestion. But what if it is something worse?Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS - Bloating Stomach

Like a third of the population, you may be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Although the cause is unknown, emotional factors such as stress are often blamed. For those who are trying to cope with irritable bowel syndrome, a new study from China shows that two of the painful symptoms associated with the condition might be relieved with a daily supplement.

 

A sleep hormone that works on your gut

 Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s sleep/wake circadian rhythm that ideally remains consistent from night to night. In addition, melatonin also pays a role in the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers in the Department of Medicine at the National University of Singapore conducted a study to determine if a melatonin supplement might improve bowel problems as well as sleep disturbances in patients with IBS.

Results revealed two positive outcomes: Subjects in the melatonin group experienced a significant reduction in abdominal pain compared to the placebo group. They also showed improvement in their rectal pain threshold.

No significant difference was reported from either group in bloating, stool type or stool frequency. Psychological questions on the pre- and post-test questionnaires also revealed no important changes in anxiety or depression.

 

Bloating may be the key to IBS

Dr Henry C. Lin, is a gastrointestinal specialist and an associate professor of medicine at theUniversity of Southern California in the US. Over the years, Dr. Lin noticed that almost all of his IBS patients experienced post-meal bloating. This prompted him to focus his research on gas caused by gut bacteria that ferments good in the intestinal tract. Some bacteria perform useful functions in the large intestine, but Dr. Lin suspected the bacteria might be migrating to the small intestine, triggering gas and bloating.

After a breath-test study indicated that a large majority of IBS patients have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), an antibiotic trial helped confirm the results. In that trial, IBS patients received either an antibiotic or a placebo. About 75% of the subjects who successfully eliminated SIBO with antibiotics reported a significant improvement in IBS symptoms.

 

Melatonin + antibiotics + probiotics

In the US DrAllan Spreen has written about the necessity of probiotic organisms, which can be destroyed by antibiotics. In a healthy individual, these beneficial bacteria inhabit the digestive tract in massive numbers, crowding out harmful bacteria and supporting proper digestion. When the activity level of good bacteria drops too low, it opens the door or harmful bacteria to proliferate, allowing the opportunity for diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome to develop.

He says: “I absolutely would be giving probiotics for such a problem along with any agents that might assist strengthening the intestinal wall, such as FOS (fructo-oligo0succharides), which helps the “good” bugs to re-establish, aloe juice, which has a long history of calming bowel problems, essential fatty acids, and digestive enzymes (which are usually under produced in such situations)”.

For most people, sufficient amounts of intestinal flora can be maintained through dietary sources such as culture products (yoghurt and kefir, a fermented milk drink) and lignans (flaxseed, carrots, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli). But while the digestive tract can be “re-colonised” by introducing enough good bacteria to overpower the bad bacteria, dietary sources alone can’t provide organisms in the vast numbers required to correct a serous imbalance. For this, a high-potency probiotic nutritional supplement maybe necessary.

Warning:   Bacterial imbalances in the intestine should not be taken lightly. So, talk to your doctor or a health care professional before using a probiotic supplement to address Irritable Bowel Syndrome or any other chronic digestive problem eg IBS Bloating.

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