Keep your gut healthy
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.