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Do probiotics help relieve IBS symptoms?

Do probiotics help relieve IBS symptoms?

What is IBS?

IBS is common, with around 5-10% of the population diagnosed. The condition affects your digestive system and presents as a collection of symptoms.

The causes aren’t fully known, but genetics, infection, unfortunate life events, and a disruption of communication between the gut and brain are all considered possibilities.2

How do I know if I have IBS?

Although there’s plentiful advice online to help you educate yourself on IBS symptoms, always seek a professional, medical diagnosis. This can often take time as the condition is only formally diagnosed at the point when all other possibilities are ruled out.

The main symptoms of IBS include

  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

However, in addition to these main IBS symptoms, there are other complaints that are also associated with IBS. For example, flatulence, nausea, backache, incontinence, problems urinating and tiredness.

Types of IBS

There are three varieties of IBS:

  1. IBS-C – Constipation dominant
  2. IBS-D – Diarrhoea dominant
  3. IBS-M – Mixed bowel habits (constipation and diarrhoea)3

Your IBS symptoms depend on the type you suffer from.