Keep your gut healthy

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BLOaT­Ing, di­ar­rhoea, con­sti­pa­tion and ab­dom­i­nal pain are the most com­mon gas­troin­testi­nal (gI) com­plaints. Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any one of th­ese makes our lives mis­er­able.

It is worse when some in­di­vid­u­als face more than one of th­ese health symp­toms at the same time. Sur­pris­ingly, many suf­fer­ers never know what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing to them. They recog­nise the symp­toms, but not the over­all out­break pat­tern, caus­ing them to mis­tak­enly as­sume that they are hav­ing an in­fec­tion, food poi­son­ing or other gI prob­lems.

In fact, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of them hav­ing an Ir­ri­ta­ble Bowel Syn­drome (IBS) which is a func­tional bowel dis­or­der char­ac­terised by ab­dom­i­nal pain and a change in bowel habit. The ex­act cause of IBS is un­known. It tends to come and go in bouts, of­ten dur­ing times of stress or af­ter eat­ing cer­tain foods.

Symp­toms may vary be­tween in­di­vid­u­als and af­fect some peo­ple more se­verely than oth­ers.

How­ever, most of the pa­tients have ei­ther di­ar­rhoea or con­sti­pa­tion, or al­ter­nat­ing di­ar­rhoea and con­sti­pa­tion. Oth­ers may in­clude stom­ach cramps, flat­u­lence and mu­cous in the stool.

IBS af­fects 10-20% of the pop­u­la­tion. In fact, 20-50% of the pa­tients who visit a gas­troen­terol­o­gist suf­fer from IBS. In ad­di­tion, the year 2011 recorded di­ges­tive sys­tem dis­or­der as one of the top 10 prin­ci­pal causes of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion and death in the Min­istry of Health (MOH) hos­pi­tals.

Sadly, cur­rent ther­a­pies that tar­get symp­toms are only par­tially suc­cess­ful.

The first clin­i­cal study was con­ducted on a small scale on pa­tients with mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ures.

Their an­tibi­otic treat­ment was dis­con­tin­ued and re­placed with the pro­bi­otic strain Lac­to­bacil­lus plan­tarum Lp299v, a group of more than 125 species of bac­te­ria com­monly found in yo­ghurt, cider, wine, sauer­kraut, pick­les, cheese, choco­late and other fer­mented foods.

The re­sults were dra­matic. Many of the crit­i­cally ill pa­tients re­cov­ered and could leave the in­ten­sive care unit. This mo­ti­vated the re­search team and they started to re­late this won­der­ful pro­bi­otic strain to in­testi­nal health.

Lac­to­bacil­lus plan­tarum Lp299v has unique yet su­pe­rior prop­er­ties, lead­ing to its sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive ef­fect on gas­troin­testi­nal health. For one, it dis­places harm­ful bac­te­ria as it blocks the bac­te­ria from stick­ing to the in­testi­nal walls, al­low­ing the in­tes­tine to main­tain its health and func­tion nor­mally.

Be­sides that, it helps to strengthen the in­testi­nal walls and fa­cil­i­tate the work of the in­testines.

It is also able to stim­u­late the growth of good bac­te­ria that helps in keep­ing the in­testines healthy and func­tion­ing prop­erly. all of th­ese ex­plain the con­tri­bu­tion of the pro­bi­otic strain to­wards healthy gI func­tion, par­tic­u­larly in re­liev­ing the IBS prob­lem.

Over the past 20 years, 60 sci­en­tific stud­ies and re­ports on Lac­to­bacil­lus plan­tarum Lp299v have been pub­lished, most of which were con­ducted at Swedish univer­sity hos­pi­tals.

The re­sults show that it demon­strated pos­i­tive ef­fect on in­testi­nal health.

With strong clin­i­cal re­search sup­port, the Lac­to­bacil­lus plan­tarum Lp299vis proven to al­le­vi­ate IBS symp­toms.

nu­mer­ous clin­i­cal stud­ies have shown their ef­fi­cacy in IBS pa­tients by: – Re­duc­ing ab­dom­i­nal pain – Re­liev­ing bloat­ing – Reg­u­lat­ing the vol­ume and fre­quency of stools

– Re­duc­ing over­all gas­troin­testi­nal IBS symp­toms (pain, flat­u­lence, con­sti­pa­tion, di­ar­rhoea).

The pain, dis­com­fort and in­con­ve­nience of IBS can some­times af­fect a per­son psy­cho­log­i­cally, lead­ing to de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety.

IBS is a func­tional bowel dis­or­der char­ac­terised by ab­dom­i­nal pain and a change in bowel habit.

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