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Do probiotics help treat IBS-D?

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Millions of tiny bacteria live in your gut. The right mix of “good” bacteria in your intestines could help fight the bad bacteria. Foods or supplements with probiotics are one way to try and change the makeup in your gut. Some experts think those products can help you ease the gas, pain, bloating, and diarrhea that come with IBS-D. It’s still unclear if eating foods with probiotics or taking the supplements can really boost good bacteria, though.

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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