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Why IBS doesn’t need to be the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world

If you have IBS, you’re not alone! Simply put, IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the industrialised world. 12 million people in the UK alone struggle with this debilitating disorder.

Until now, doctors haven’t really understood what caused IBS. In fact, up until 2010, if you went to the doctor complaining of the symptoms of pain, bloating, wind, diarrhea and/or constipation, they might well have told you that it was all in your head, and that you were making it up.

But now, finally, there is big news from the world of science, bringing hope and relief to IBS sufferers.

IBS is caused by your gut bugs!

Inside your gut is a magical little universe of gut bacteria. The exact number is believed to be 10 (24) which is the number of stars in the observable universe. The best way to imagine this is like a gorgeous little Amazon rain forest, full of leaves, flowers, fish, birds, bugs, trees, deer and jaguar, all living, breeding, cooperating and competing for space.

Like any natural ecosystem, the one inside your gut is fragile and can be damaged. The things that damage it are antibiotics, sugar, infections, viruses, stress and environmental toxins. And once your gut bugs are out of balance – you will experience the symptoms of IBS.

How do we know? Because the scientists have done the research. A landmark study by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the US used cultures from the small intestine to connect bacteria to the cause of the disorder.

Mark Pimentel, an author of the study, said: ‘This link through bacterial cultures is the gold standard of diagnosis. This clear evidence of the role bacteria play in the condition underscores our clinical trial findings… Bacteria are key contributors to the cause of IBS.’1

How does this help you?

Because once we know the cause of the problem, we can fix it! The most effective way to restore the bacteria inside your internal microbiome is a powerful probiotic called “kefir.”

Kefir is a fermented milk product, a bit like yogurt, but exponentially more powerful. While yogurt contains transient bacteria that is destroyed during the digestive process, kefir contains “non-transient” bacteria that has been proven to survive the digestive process.

The kefir you want to heal your IBS will ideally be unsweetened, unflavoured, made with goats milk and real kefir “grains,” in the traditional style. Dr Michael Moseley of BBC 2’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor performed the first NHS studies on kefir in January 2017, and found that traditional kefir made in this style was far superior in health benefits to “supermarket” kefir.2

Kefir has been found to be both safe and effective as a treatment for IBS.

The American College of Gastroenterology performed a comprehensive literature review on the topic, and found that probiotics like kefir were both “safe and effective” in improving symptoms and normalizing bowel movement frequency in patients suffering from constipation or diarrhoea related to IBS.3

You can read more about the science and the protocol of using kefir to help resolve IBS safely, gently and naturally in Shann Nix Jones’ new book, The Kefir Solution: Natural Healing for IBS, Depression and Anxiety, due out from Hay House June 24, 2018. The book is now available on Amazon.

Traditionally made kefir can be delivered to your door, with free UK shipping, from


  1. ScienceDaily - "Intestinal bacteria alter gut and brain function, study shows". Written by McMaster University on March 1, 2017
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  2. BBC - "Which Foods Can Improve Your Gut Bacteria?". Written by BBC News, Health on January 30, 2017
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  3. ScienceDaily - "‘How Effective Are Probiotics In Irritable Bowel Syndrome?". Written by American College of Gastroenterology on October 10, 2008
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