How Yoga & Probiotics Helped Control My IBS
Recently there has been lots of links between our gut’s health and our overall health in general. Plus a lot of news recently about the effectiveness of probiotics supplements for those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome a multi-faceted chronic condition that affects up to one in five people in the UK at some point in their lives. IBS symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, cramps, discomfort and general changes in bowel movements.
Recent research suggests that people with (IBS) have been found to an overgrowth of bacteria in their gut. Furthermore, findings suggest that balancing out bad bacteria with good bacteria can help to manage some of the symptoms of IBS. However, there can be a wide range of reasons why your gut flora can be out of balance. They can include taking antibiotics, or other medications, eating too much fast food, having low levels of dietary fibre in your diet, plus having high-stress levels in your life.
The reason why I take probiotics and have an interest in good gut health is for personal reasons. When I was younger I spent a large part of those years suffering from the chronic condition (IBS). I remember being extremely thin, with a large hard bloated belly, with dark circles under my eyes. I suffered from chronic constipation that at times, found me being extremely fussy about what I was eating and feeling really self-conscious when my stomach was bloated. When I did eat, after a while I would get really painful stomach cramps that would last for hours.
My doctors prescribed me tablets which only worked on relieving the cramps in my stomach. I was eventually sent to a hospital to have tests which confirmed that I had the condition. Feeling disillusioned I started to look for alternatives than just taking tablets for my stomach cramps.
I was surprised to find that my symptoms seemed to be relieved by taking up Hatha Yoga classes. Hatha Yoga adds deep breathing into their yoga postures and the deep breathing exercises really started to help me feel relaxed and in turn really helped with my digestive problems. This got me on the road to alternative health and I started to look how supplements could help as well. Like with any chronic condition IBS can return to my life at any time and so I ensure I maintain a healthy gut flora by taking a probiotic supplement and of course by doing Yoga.
A probiotic as a The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. There is research suggests that taking a probiotic has been shown to be helpful in treating IBS symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements. Whilst there is a wide range of probiotic supplements on offer from freeze dried, powder, to liquid form. Look for probiotics supplements that are right for you as different strains of probiotics may or might not work for your IBS.
Leading a healthier lifestyle, eating well, engaging in yoga & taking a probiotic supplement had helped me keep balanced in life and for now my IBS feels that it is under control. The gateway to my long-term health has been to look after my gut health in the best way possible.
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