The Best Probiotics for IBS, Constipation and Bloating

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IBS is like that one friend who can never decide where to eat and keeps changing plans at the last minute. Here are a few tips to help tame that unpredictable friend and prevent a good day from turning into a digestive dilemma.

Introduction: Get To Know Your Gut

If you've ever felt like your stomach has a mind of its own, you're not alone. Digestive conditions like IBS, bloating, and constipation can turn a good day into a gut-wrenching nightmare. Enter Irritable Bowel Syndrome, aka ‘IBS.’ Stomach cramps, bloating, and bouts of alternating constipation and diarrhoea are tricky digestive symptoms to look out for. Before diving into the fabulous world of Biomel, let’s understand what IBS is and why probiotics are your gut's best friend for soothing those pesky symptoms and getting your digestion back on track.

What Is IBS? The Ultimate Gut Confusion

Let's start with the basics: what exactly is IBS? IBS is a common condition that affects the digestive system, causing symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhoea. In fact, research by The British Dietetic Association found 1 in 5 adults in the UK have IBS. However, up to 75% of potential IBS cases go undiagnosed. Dealing with IBS is like that one friend who can never decide where to eat and keeps changing plans at the last minute. It's unpredictable, and best believe we know how annoying it can be! So, what can you do about it?

While scientists continue to uncover the cause of IBS, research has consistently linked the condition to changes in the balance of gut bacteria, scientifically known as ‘gut dysbiosis,’ along with different lifestyle factors like stress, diet, and medication. Finding a natural and effective way to ease your IBS symptoms can be challenging and complex, and this is where probiotics come in! Offering a natural, effective way to manage and relieve IBS symptoms. They’re more than just a buzzword; they’re a powerful tool in your wellness routine, and the NHS recommends them too!

Probiotics: Your Gut’s New Best Friends

Probiotics are the superheroes of good bacteria, swooping in to restore balance and keep your gut in tip-top shape. Our digestive system is home to trillions of bacteria, some friendly and some not so much. When the bad guys outnumber the good, that's when trouble starts brewing in your belly.

Here’s how they work their magic:

  1. Balance Restoration: Probiotics help maintain the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut, which is crucial for reducing IBS symptoms.
  2. Inflammation Reduction: Some probiotic strains have anti-inflammatory properties that can calm your digestive tract.
  3. Enhanced Digestion: They improve digestion by effectively breaking down food, reducing bloating and promoting regular bowel movements.

The Best Probiotics for IBS, Constipation and Bloating

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter. Which live cultures are the best for reducing IBS symptoms? Here are the top contenders shown to increase the diversity of your gut microbiome and help improve digestive health.

  1. Bifidobacterium lactis

Bifidobacterium lactis is a powerhouse when it comes to gut health. This strain is known for its ability to regulate bowel movements and alleviate constipation, making it a key player in combating IBS. It helps to improve overall digestion and reduces the discomfort associated with bloating.

  1. Lactobacillus plantarum

 Lactobacillus plantarum is the Jack of all-trades probiotic. It's versatile, effective, and excellent at reducing bloating by breaking down food and reducing gas. With this strain, you'll be ready to face the day without fear of unexpected discomfort.

  1. Streptococcus thermophilus

Saccharomyces thermophilus may sound like a mouthful, but it's a key player when to help constipation and diarrhoea, especially those caused by antibiotics. This probiotic restores the balance of good bacteria in your gut, ensuring regular and comfortable bowel movements.

  1. Bacillus coagulans

 Bacillus coagulans is a game-changer in gut health when it comes to tackling IBS, constipation, and bloating. It has been shown to reduce abdominal pain and bloating, improve bowel regularity, and enhance overall digestion. 

  1. Lactobacillus acidophilus

The OG strain you may be more familiar with, Lactobacillus acidophilus, helps maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria and effectively reduces bloating and diarrhoea. Plus, it boosts your immune system, offering a double dose of goodness.

Choosing the Right Probiotic

Picking the right probiotic is like going out for dinner with your vegan and gluten-free friend; it can be challenging to make everyone happy. Here are a few tips to help you find your gut’s new best friend: 

  1. Strains Matter: Ensure the probiotic supplement contains a diverse range of strains. The greater the diversity, the better! A diverse gut microbiome is one of the key overall health indicators.

  2. High CFU Count: CFU stands for Colony Forming Units. The more CFUs, the more teammates there are to tackle the bad guys and keep your gut in the best shape. So, more CFUs mean more friendly bacteria.

  3. Reputable Brands: Not all probiotics are created equal. If you’re ever in doubt, go for brands that have genuinely good reviews.

Why Biomel? Your Gut Health Hero

Speaking of reputable brands, let’s talk about Biomel. Biomel isn't just any gut health brand; we’re the UK’s No.1 plant-based gut health brand. Plus, it’s delicious and award-winning too!

The Gut Health Stars

  1. Biomel Complete Gut: This is the ultimate gut health sidekick. With 25 billion live cultures per serving, it’s designed to combat IBS, bloating, and constipation head-on. Plus, it’s dairy-free and vegan, so your gut can be happy no matter your dietary preferences.

  2. Biomel Gut Health Shots & Drinks: Packed with billions of live cultures in 3 unique strains, vitamins, and minerals, making it a tasty and convenient way to support your digestion and keep IBS symptoms in check. Plus, it’s plant-based, perfect for everyone, including those following a vegan diet.

Ready to Transform Your Gut Health?

If you’re trying Biomel for the first time, our in-house nutritionist recommends starting with a smaller serving and gradually building up to a full serving size to give your gut time to adjust to the increase in beneficial cultures and prebiotics. Dealing with IBS, constipation, and bloating can affect your daily life, but with the right probiotics, diet and stress management tips, you can help improve your symptoms and get back to living your best life. Remember, a healthy gut is the foundation of overall well-being, so it’s worth investing in the best. Check out Biomel’s range of products here and start your journey to a happier, healthier gut today.

Here’s to a thriving gut ready for anything life throws at you!

Written by Holly Caske, Qualified Nutritionist

*At Biomel, your well-being is our top priority. While we take great pride in our expertise in gut health and overall wellness, we understand that every gut is unique. The content we provide is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness, or replace the advice of your GP. We strongly encourage you to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any health concerns. Rest assured, we are here to support you throughout your journey, so you are never alone. Our in-house nutritionists will always be here to support you on your journey to optimal gut health.

Trusted Sources

https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/irritable-bowel-syndrome-diet.html 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/probiotics/

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