From stress and anxiety to general digestion problems, it seems the causes of irritable bowel syndrome are complex and hard to pin down.  IBS affects up to one in five people in the UK at some point in their lives.

But new research now suggests the condition may be linked by so-called bad bacteria which already live in our gut. According to the new study, published in latest issue of Journal of Gastroenterology, the proportion of harmful gut flora may be critical to understanding IBS.
The findings now suggest that rebalancing the good and bad bacteria in the gut “could be key to manage IBS suffering, including bloating, abdominal pain and urgent dashes to the toilet.” Said Dr Sean Preston, a Consultant Gastroenterologist Chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology and General Physician, Barts and the London NHS Trust:

“The new research looked at a population of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with severe, moderate and mild disease and also patients without Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Researchers could identify a particular bacterial composition in the patients who have severe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, giving evidence that it our gut bacteria are playing a large part in our symptoms.
Down the line this is going to give us an opportunity to identify those patients and more importantly manipulate their gut bacteria and improve our patients’ symptoms.”
Such advice rings true with 29 year old Sanoobar Patel from London, who was diagnosed with IBS over two years ago after suffering with uncomfortable bloating, constipation and a hard, tender stomach.
At first Sanoobar assumed her gut issues had been sparked by the stress of preparing for her wedding and moving home.
But when the problems continued – despite trying to alter her diet by cutting down on carbohydrates - Sanoobar, approached her doctor.
“I did discuss with the GP the possibility that I was suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome but she was reluctant to give this as a diagnosis.”  However salvation for Sanoobar, who writes a lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog in her spare time, came after attending an event in London where she stumbled across a stand for Alflorex, a probiotic  targeted specifically toward IBS.
The product`s key ingredient is its unique 35624® culture, a `good bacteria` which helps replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut and balancing the gut flora while it improves many IBS symptoms
The 35624® culture, a naturally occurring bacteria, isolated from a healthy human colon -   It has been backed by over 15 years of research and numerous scientific publications. It’s now the #1 recommended probiotic by US Gastroenterologists.
Dr Preston also commented: “Alflorex I guess is the one I use most commonly, I’ve been having really good results with it within my patients.”

For Sanoobar, Alflorex has been a lifeline.
She added: “I wasn't convinced it would work, and to be honest for the first month I didn’t notice too much. Then slowly but steadily the bloating and discomfort starting to improve and I began to feel so much better. Now, six months on its absolutely brilliant how much I’ve improved and I can honestly say I feel back to normal. Naturally I’m a real convert to the product and wouldn’t be without it. I feel so much happier and more energetic now my bloating is gone.”

About Alflorex:

·         Alflorex is a probiotic, available in pharmacies throughout the UK ch contains the unique 35624® culture. 

·         The 35624™ culture has been clinically studied in IBS patients and has been shown to lower abdominal discomfort, passage of gas, bloating/distension and regularise bowel movements.

·         The 35624® culture is the number one recommended probiotic by Gastroenterologists in the United States.

·         Alflorex should be taken daily as part of a healthy lifestyle. When starting, take Alflorex for 4 weeks to prime the gut and continue to use it thereafter.

·         Alflorex capsules are tasteless and do not need to be stored the fridge.
*This is a collaborative post

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