Kefir and IBS
IBS? Also known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is the most common chronic intestinal disease in the world. Research worldwide indicates that up to 20% of the population has to deal with the symptoms of IBS. As many as 75% of these people are women.
What are the symptoms?
IBS symptoms vary from person to person and even the symptoms of one person can vary from day to day. However, the most characteristic symptoms are aching, cramping or stabbing pain in the abdomen. This pain can be very severe.
Other key symptoms are:
· A bloated feeling
· Diarrhoea /Constipation or/and a constant alternation between the two
· Urgency to get to the toilet
· A feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowels
· Mucus in the stool
· Swollen or bloated abdomen
Kefir and IBS?
Lifestyle & dietary changes are normally suggested to improve IBS symptoms. However, several studies show that certain types of yoghurt, i.e. those containing lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, alleviate IBS symptoms. These ‘good’ bacteria’ are also known as probiotics.
A recent UK study carried out by the University of Sheffield focused on the treatment of IBS and found significant evidence for the alleviating effect that multiple strains of probiotics had on the symptoms of IBS. The study was conducted amongst 52 participants with IBS. The participants who received the probiotics experienced a great improvement in the severity of their symptoms, had fewer days of pain and rated their quality of life higher.
Kefir is a product that contains multiple strains of probiotics. Our Kefir Starter Cultures contain 7 strains of probiotics, whereas normal yoghurt contains only 3 strains.
Other people’s experiences
Please read our reviews page where several customers have shared their experiences with Kefir. For example, on 10 October 2012 Howard wrote:
“I have suffered bouts of IBS from time to time, but since taking Kefir, I have had no recurrence. It is terrific”
Any Other Questions?
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about IBS or the benefits of Kefir in general.