By Natural Advocate | August 23, 2012 - 8:40 am - Posted in Natural and Herbal Treatments, Nutritional Supplements

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an increasingly common digestive disorder that involves the last part of the digestive and elimination process – bowel movements.  It can result in constant constipation, constant diarrhea, of alternating bouts with both. In other words, it interrupts your life, can be totally embarrassing and is very uncomfortable to deal with.

Acidophilus, an organism that is found naturally in some yogurts, is a beneficial bacteria that helps your digestive tract move along smoothly, no pun intended, and ensure proper, timely and comfortable elimination of waste as the last step of food processing in your digestive tract.

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IBS acidophilus treatment with potent probiotics like this is just part of the equation, although acidophilus is one of the most important steps to effective digestive function, and often unfortunately ignored, in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome since once we get the regular bowel movements through some sort of natural laxative, we tend to forget the reason that the irregularity happened in the first place.

What is it exactly?  Well, if you like yogurt and you want to get it by eating yogurt instead of taking an acipophilus probiotic supplement, look for yogurts that say “active cultures”, that means it has this beneficial, colon- protecting bacterium in it.

It is a bacteria, of course, and it is what we call a “healthy flora” which shares space in the intestines and digestive tract with other gas causing, digestive unfriendly bacteria which hinder the digestion process and are even thought by some in alternative medicine to be the cause behind health problems and disease.

What’s one of the things that can throw your probiotic balance off in your digestive tract and actually make IBS worse, making acidophilus all that more important an addition to your diet?  Well, believe it or not, it’s antibiotics.  Antibiotics are one of the worst things for your healthy balance of flora in the intestine, colon and stomach, and they can really make things difficult.  So supplementation of acidophilus is all that much more important if you happen to be taking antibiotics.

There are even theories that when your probiotic balance is off in your digestive tract, it can fundamentally alter your immune system, making you more susceptible to disease and illness.  I guess that takes the saying that “death begins in the colon” to a whole new level, huh?

Now, I can’t say whether that is true or not, but it’s interesting that there is even speculation out there about that, and I think it makes it an even more compelling case for taking potent acidophilus supplements, whether you have IBS or not, but especially taking acidophilus if you do happen to have IBS.

Could there be side effects to acidophilus for IBS?  Well, at first, since there is an adjustment period, and sort of an internal struggle going on, you may experience increased gas and bloating, but ultimately this should clear up and you should be relieved from that in the future, with it improving from your previous “norm” noticeably.

There may be a slight discomfort accompanying it at first as well, as it works it’s way into your system and begins to work it’s magic and restore the health of your intestines and ultimately your colon.

Not only that, but acidophilus helps IBS because it helps to tone and cleanse the digestive tract, make your bowel movements easier, more complete and more frequent, so that you don’t have the uncomfortable feeling of always have to go to the bathroom, of being incompletely emptied out when you have to go, and also of that gassy, bloated feeling.  Acidophilus can be especially helpful for that part of IBS!

Acidophilus lactobacillus (that’s quite a mouth full), is the full name for the bacterium that is found in dairy foods, particularly yogurt, and several good supplements that give you the same benefit in capsule form for regular, healthy and comfortable bowels.

It is also called a probiotic, which is just another word for a digestive friendly organism that is good for the gut, aiding in digestion and the elimination process, and helping you to stay regular, comfortable, and ultimately, healthy. Those with IBS should definitely take a supplement which contains probiotics or acidophilus (one in the same), just look for either one on the label.

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