IBS Awareness Month

Supporting IBS Awareness Month

In addition to the physical symptoms, IBS can also affect you mentally with emotional symptoms that include:

  • Mood swings
  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

IBS highlights just how strong the mind–body connection is. Scientists even call the gut the ‘second brain’ because it is filled with neurotransmitters we usually associate with being in the brain. Our brain and gut are therefore intimately connected and that’s why they can affect each other so much. Anxiety gives most people butterflies in the stomach, and for those with IBS, anxiety can trigger the onset of symptoms such as constipation, cramps or diarrhoea.

And it works both ways, because the physical symptoms of IBS can trigger strong emotions, setting up a pattern that is often difficult to break free from. This is why we have found that the holistic approach of our treatment plan for IBS can work so well for people, as once you begin to alleviate the symptoms through your diet and identify triggers, you can then begin to feel better both physically and emotionally.

Beneficial Bacteria

Both your small and large intestines are host to billions of beneficial bacteria. The human body is host to around 100,000,000,000,000 bacteria – that’s around 1kg (2lb) in weight. Having good levels of beneficial bacteria is important for all these reasons:

  • Improved nutrition – the ‘good’ bacteria help to manufacture nutrients like the B vitamins, including folic acid, and also vitamin K, which helps with normal blood clotting. The bacteria can also help with the efficient digestion of food, especially protein, which can reduce the possibility of an allergy.


  • Immune benefits – the beneficial bacteria can help to ward off and even kill ‘negative’ bacteria. They can help to control yeasts such as candida.


  • Improved detoxification – by aiding digestion the beneficial bacteria stop food sitting in the gut and producing toxins when it putrefies. They also help the body eliminate hormones such as oestrogen through the digestive system.

Optibac Bowel Calm

Saccharomyces boulardii is a natural and safe microorganism with vast scientific research and documentation.

This strain has been internationally acclaimed as a well-researched and unique microorganism, and has been safely used for the last 50 years. Saccharomyces boulardii is a natural food supplement, and not a medicine.

Saccharomyces boulardii is a unique microorganism which is sold widely in the US, Scandinavia, Germany & France. It has undergone extensive clinical research, demonstrating its ability to support the the body’s natural defence against pathogens.

This microorganism is more robust to environmental stressors than more common bacterial live cultures, and shows strong resistance to heat, humidity and stomach acidity levels. These live cultures of S. boulardii have been tested and shown to be especially stable and resistant.

Find out more about Optibac Probiotics

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