In Honor of IBS Awareness month, IHG Physician Assistant, Valerie McDonald, shares her favorite supplements for gut health & IBS.
IBS affects 10-15% of people, and likely more, as may people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medical disorder. Patients can be misunderstood and stigmatized due to this disorder, with their symptoms having a significant impact on quality of life.
Symptoms associated with IBS include recurring or chronic bouts of abdominal pain/discomfort, abdominal pain/discomfort associated with a change in bowel habits including diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating, gas, and urgency. These symptoms can flare up unexpectedly and change over time, sometimes day to day. Overall IBS treatment should begin with education about the disorder, with the mainstay of treatment being lifestyle changes. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are experiencing IBS symptoms, so that other conditions can be ruled out and a plan can be put in place for IBS management.
"provides digestive support with a non-GMO, broad spectrum of non-animal derived enzymes including acid stable lipase and three proteases that function in different pH ranges. This comprehensive enzyme complex is designed to support the healthy digestion of proteins, peptides, carbohydrates, fats, cellulose, maltose, lactose, and sucrose.*"
"provides a dairy-free base for a blend of highly viable, pure strains of L. acidophilus NCFM® and B. lactis Bi-07®—“friendly” bacteria that have been shown to support a healthy intestinal environment and immune health. Backed by the Metagenics ID Guarantee for purity, clinical reliability, and predicted safety via scientific identification of strains with established health benefits.*"
nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe™ contains over 200 nutrients including enzymes, vitamins and essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion and supports a healthy immune system.
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