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Boost Your Gut Feeling: From an abdominal massager to a tracker app, which one is best for IBS?


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 1 in 10 adults in the UK and causes gas, diarrhea, constipation and cramping.

There's no single cause – which is why it is notoriously difficult to treat – but triggers include overindulgence, an imbalance in gut bacteria, infection, and stress. This could explain a possible recent surge in cases, given the stress of getting through a particularly difficult Christmas and fear of catching Covid-19.

JO WATERS asked Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester, to evaluate some of the new treatment products. We then rated them.

DOCTOR GUT IBS RELIEF CAPSULES

15 capsules for £ 5.79, doctorgut.co.uk

Claim: The capsules contain diosmectite, a clay that supposedly binds to toxins produced by "bad" bacteria in the intestines and removes them in stool. and simethicone, a remedy for gas. Together, these ingredients relieve abdominal pain, gas, and gas. Take two capsules three times a day with food.

Expert Verdict: There is research to support the use of both ingredients in treating IBS. Diosmectite has been clinically proven to help with diarrhea by absorbing toxins produced by "bad" bacteria.

And simethicone is an established and safe preparation for reducing flatulence. It works by more easily combining gas bubbles (which can build up in the intestines when air is swallowed while eating or drinking, or as a result of digestion) so that they can be eliminated from the body without discomfort.

While we all have gas in our gut, people with IBS complain of too much – one theory suggests that this is due to an imbalance in gut bacteria.

This product is worth trying if you've confirmed IBS but see a doctor if it doesn't work after 30 days.

9/10

DOCTOR GUT IBS RELIEF CAPSULES

REGULAR PREBIOTIC AND PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT FOR GIRLS

30 sachets for £ 32.99, fodmarket.co.uk

REGULAR PREBIOTIC AND PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT FOR GIRLS

REGULAR PREBIOTIC AND PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT FOR GIRLS

Claim: Each sachet contains probiotics or beneficial gut bacteria and a prebiotic fiber called guar that feeds beneficial gut bacteria.

Together, these are believed to promote gastrointestinal health and relieve symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. Mix one sachet with water every day.

Expert Judgment: In many cases of IBS, there is an imbalance of bacteria in your gut (known as dysbiosis), so taking probiotics and prebiotics can be beneficial. Studies have shown that guar fiber can help with IBS symptoms by feeding the “good” gut bacteria.

However, different people have different imbalances, so a probiotic may work for one person rather than another. There can be a lot of trial and error trying to find one that works for you.

This is also quite expensive, and it can be cheaper to test certain components separately.

4/10

WICKED GUMMY CO & # 39; S HAPPY TUMMY GUMMY

60 gummies for £ 21.99, wickedgummyco.com

WICKED GUMMY CO´S HAPPY TUMMY GUMMY

WICKED GUMMY CO & # 39; S HAPPY TUMMY GUMMY

Claim: Every yogurt-covered gum contains "cultures of bacteria to restore the natural balance of the digestive system," says the manufacturer.

These include the bacteria Lactobacillus salivarius and Lactobacillus casei, as well as inulin – a prebiotic fiber that feeds friendly intestinal bacteria.

Expert Verdict: These specific probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in clinical studies and can help balance bacteria in the gut that make IBS worse in some people. However, it is an inaccurate science that you don't know how much of a guy you have or what you need.

I wonder why they included inulin as, although it is a prebiotic, it is not well tolerated in IBS patients and can make symptoms worse in some.

The yogurt layer helps it taste good, but it also contains sugar – 2g and 18 calories per two-gum dose – so it might not be as good for your teeth, especially if you eat more than the recommended dose. Overall, this is a great product – and quite an expensive one.

5/10

DERMA MEDICO SQUATTING STOOL

£ 6.99, amazon.co.uk

Claim: This stool sits in front of a toilet seat and is intended to promote a squatting position that is ideal for easier passage through stools. You simply put your feet on them to bring your knees above your hips while you sit on the loo.

Expert Judgment: This makes perfect sense, as a squatting position where you lean forward and lift your knees over your hips is the best way to pass a chair. This is because the bowel is properly aligned.

This can be useful for anyone suffering from constipation of any severity. While other products here can help with IBS symptoms overall, this is only useful for constipation. Therefore, use it with other treatments for IBS. Fiber additives, suppositories, and laxatives can also help relieve constipation.

7/10

DERMA MEDICO SQUATTING STOOL

DERMA MEDICO SQUATTING STOOL

MOWOOT GOOD MASSAGER

£ 1,302, mowoot.com

Claim: This device consists of a fabric belt that is connected to a console via a wire. When the belt is worn around the abdomen and activated, it expands to tighten around the abdomen and then relaxes repeatedly.

This is said to "stimulate the movement of the colon and relieve constipation," says the manufacturer. Use it initially three times a day for up to 20 minutes or less depending on the severity of symptoms.

A study by the manufacturer of ten women with constipation who used the device found that all of them reported increases in bowel movements. A four-week clinical trial with 100 patients is currently ongoing in Spain and at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Expert judgment: abdominal massage has been used to relieve constipation for many years. This machine can mimic the contractions of the colon to move material along the intestines, soften stool, and relieve abdominal pain.

This device looks like a giant blood pressure monitor, but instead of your arm, the cuff goes around your stomach. It inflates and deflates to mimic the contractions of the bowel – it may work well, but it's very expensive for what it does.

This device should only be used on people diagnosed with IBS and can be dangerous if you have other gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease.

5/10

MOWOOT GOOD MASSAGER

MOWOOT GOOD MASSAGER

BUSCOMINT CAPSULES

24 capsules for £ 6.99, superdrug.com

Claim: These capsules relieve stomach pain, cramps and gas, says the manufacturer. The active ingredient is peppermint oil and the capsules are gastro-resistant, which means they have a special layer that prevents the peppermint oil from breaking down into stomach acid and instead releasing it in the intestines where it is needed. Take one to three times a day.

BUSCOMINT CAPSULES

BUSCOMINT CAPSULES

Expert Verdict: Peppermint Oil has plenty of high quality evidence to help with IBS. It is one of the few herbal remedies recommended by the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Care (NICE) to be included in treatment options for patients.

The theory is that it blocks calcium channels (proteins in the muscle of the intestinal wall) that are involved in painful stomach cramps to relieve pain.

While peppermint oil can be effective in relieving painful cramps in IBS, one of the drawbacks of using high doses – as found here – is that it can cause heartburn. Nevertheless, these capsules are gastro-resistant and decompose in the intestine. So you shouldn't experience this.

9/10

ENZYMEDICA DIGEST GOLD

ENZYMEDICA DIGEST GOLD

ENZYMEDICA DIGEST GOLD

45 capsules for £ 34.79, planetorganic.com

Claim: These capsules contain 13 "powerful enzymes" – proteins that are released in the intestines and speed up digestion. The company says they contain enough dose to treat common digestive ailments like indigestion, gas, and wind. Take one a day.

Expert Judgment: The vast majority of IBS patients have normal gut enzyme levels, so adding enzymes to your diet is unlikely to relieve your symptoms. They won't harm you if you ingest them, however, and if you feel better there is no need to stop taking them – but they won't improve your digestion.

1/10

BOWELLE IBS TRACKER APP

Free of charge in the Apple App Store

BOWELLE IBS TRACKER APP

BOWELLE IBS TRACKER APP

Claim: This is a journal for people with IBS and other digestive issues to keep track of what they eat, stress levels, sleeping habits, bowel movements, mood, and water intake. The idea is that it can help you identify triggers for your symptoms.

Expert judgment: symptom diaries can be useful in identifying IBS triggers, such as: B. Eating certain foods or suffering from stress. However, in most cases, IBS symptoms can occur randomly and there isn't always an obvious pattern.

Indeed, this is one of the challenges in treating the condition as it can be very unpredictable.

Logging symptoms can also cause some IBS patients to focus a little too much on their illness, which can lead to more stress and make symptoms worse for some.

3/10

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