Vitamin D & IBS

Vitamin D: a better life for IBS sufferers?

Vitamin D improves quality of life for IBS sufferers April is IBS Awareness Month, a campaign aiming at improving diagnosis and treatment of IBS, and heightening awareness of both the condition and its affect on sufferers. IBS impacts severely on quality of life, with patients commonly suffering with pain, discomfort and social embarrassment. Previous studies […]

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April is IBS Awareness Month

IBS Awareness Month, observed every April, is an annual campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a functional gut disorder, which means that the bowel simply does not work as it should. Around 10% of the population suffers with this disorder, and sufferers can experience a number of intermittent […]

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‘Friendly’ bacteria for the treatment of IBS symptoms

April is International IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) awareness month.  IBS describes a combination of symptoms including constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea and vomiting, feelings of fullness, gas and bloating.  Sufferers often feel embarrassed by the condition which generally develops in individuals between the ages of 20 and 30 and affects around 20% of the population.  […]

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Exercise seems to be helpful for some sufferers of IBS

This month, April, is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month.  A campaign organised by the  International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD). IBS is a common worldwide problem and I have previously written extensively about the condition and how nutrition, diet and supplements may be useful in reducing symptoms. There is no single remedy for IBS.  […]

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Peppermint proves useful in IBS

Peppermint tea is one of my favourite refreshers, so I was interested to read a paper(1) published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal linking peppermint in the treatment of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).  Back in August I wrote three lengthy pieces investigating IBS and this paper provides a nice update.  The key to […]

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Get a good gut feeling about digestive health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Part II

Both of the review studies(1,2) that I mentioned yesterday discuss the growing evidence that probiotics, supplemental beneficial bacteria, seem helpful in managing IBS.  Probiotics may help by reducing the level of inflammatory chemicals (cytokines), implicated in IBS.  Imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to chronic low-level inflammation in the intestines and the measurable presence of […]

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Get a good gut feeling about digestive health – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Part I

Two review papers(1,2) have recently been published in the journal ‘Nutrition in Clinical Practice’ which look at the therapeutic approaches to dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  They cover everything from cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnosis to diet and nutrition.  The papers are timely, this is a topic I am often asked about and have decided […]

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