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What causes IBS – and what you can do about it!

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is used to describe prolonged symptoms of gut issues.1https://www.healthline.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome This can include cramping, bloating and uncomfortable or irregular bowel movements. IBS can also lead to stress and anxiety – and leave you wondering what you can safely eat. 

The good news is that scientists have now connected IBS to an imbalance of bacteria in the gut.2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6579922/ This means that by healing your gut – you can help alleviate your IBS symptoms! 

So, where should you start? 

1. Add Probiotics 

Probiotics are foods rich in beneficial bacteria, like Kefir or Kimchi. Many studies now show that probiotics help to relieve IBS symptoms as well!3https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081006092656.htm This is because they help restore the natural balance of bacteria within your gut microbiome. This leads to better digestion, gut motility – and fewer IBS symptoms! 

We recommend starting with a 21-day course of Kefir to get you started*! You can add this to your regular routine in a daily Gut-Brain Health Smoothie that will replenish the good bacteria within your gut.

2. Increase your Fibre 

Your good bugs eat fibre – and they love a good range of them too. However, low fibre diversity is a very common issue and can contribute to your IBS symptoms.4https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/prebiotics-benefits#benefits You may be eating fruit and vegetables, but what about the carbs, beans, grains or gluten? Getting a variety of fibres is great for your good bacteria to thrive, and restore the balance within your gut! 

Start by aiming for your recommended 30g of fibre per day, with as many colours and textures as you can! You can also try our Complete Prebiotic, containing 18 natural fibres to feed your good bacteria what they love. 

3. Chill-Out 

Stress and IBS are a common pair, and research shows that this works both ways. To put it simply, being stressed out can trigger IBS symptoms, and IBS can trigger stress! See here for a quick video on the Stress-IBS cycle, and why they’re so closely related: www.chucklinggoat.co.uk/the-stress-ibs-cycle/

We recommend finding a way to alleviate your stress! Some of the top ideas are meditation and yoga – but you might prefer some nature time outside, or spending time with loved ones.

Get started on your Gut Health journey today! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of friendly Nutritional Therapists are available on live chat from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays, or you can book a private consultation here.


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