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Can probiotics ease IBS-D symptoms, and can supplements or food boost good bacteria?

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Some experts think probiotics can help you ease the gas, pain, bloating, and diarrhea that come with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). It’s still unclear if eating foods with probiotics or taking the supplements can really boost good bacteria, though. Yogurt with live cultures is one natural source. One “good bacteria” that may have promise for people with IBS is Bifidobacterium infantis. We don’t yet know which mix of bacteria or how much could help against the disease.

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

SOURCES:

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: “Natural Elimination of IBS Symptoms.”

British Acupuncture Council: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

Mayo Clinic.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wilkins T, et al. American Family Physician. September 1, 2012.

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: “Iberogast: Product Review.”

Liu, CY. Neurogastrogenterology and Motility, 2004.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 18, 2020

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