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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gut-brain disorder. It often results in a myriad of unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms. It can cause pain in the abdomen as well as diarrhea, constipation or a combination of the two. For people suffering with IBS it can have significant negative impact on their lives even affecting them economically as it can result in missing work.

The exact cause of IBS is still being researched however recent studies have suggested that an imbalance in intestinal microbiota (the microorganisms living in your digestive tract) and an intestinal barrier that is not working correctly. When this barrier is fully functioning, it assists in keeping possibly harmful contents in the intestine while letting nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Probiotics can help to line the surface of the gastrointestinal tract and prevent harmful organisms from reaching it. They also help to make the tissue of the bowel wall stronger.

Recent studies have indicated that probiotics could be helpful in treating IBS and the majority of sufferers find them helpful. The reason that probiotics are useful in managing the symptoms of IBS might be because the condition has been associated with an imbalance in the gut microbiome. People who suffer with IBS commonly have less good gut bacteria and more bad bacteria then their nonsuffering counterparts.

By adding a daily multi strain probiotic IBS symptoms can be reduced because probiotic bacteria cause a large increase in the number of good bacteria in the gut. This means that there is a reduced amount of space for the bad microbes that might result in IBS. Also, by having plenty of good bacteria in your gut it can assist in breaking down foods which might exacerbate IBS. By having a healthy gut microbiome it could help to minimize the impact of stress on the gut which is a key factor for a lot of people who have IBS.

Many people with IBS may find certain foods trigger them. NOVA probiotics are gluten free, lactose free and available in vegan options to suite any intolerances or lifestyle choices.

IBS can be debilitating and significantly impact those who suffer lives. Adding a daily probiotic can help to manage IBS, improve your overall gut health and greatly enhance your quality of life.

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