Managing IBS this Christmas

Although the winter break brings lots of positives like good food and quality time with family, it also throws up some problems for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Rich dinners, alcohol and stress at this time can all play havoc with digestion thus bringing on the likes of bloating, flatulence and stomach pains.

We need good strong stomach acid to break down our food, to help to kill bacteria that may be in our food and to create the right conditions for a stomach enzyme, called pepsin, to work.

When the stomach acid travels up towards the throat, we experience acid reflux, heart burn, belching, bloating, indigestion, nausea or a sour taste in our mouth.

Often the whole reason for acid reflux is a bacterial level that is already out of balance and the bad bacteria needs to be evicted and good bacteria repopulated. This is a process that can safely be done through supplementation with natural remedies.

Try a probiotic

Probiotics can help those with IBS as they balance the levels of bacteria in the gut, thus aiding the absorption of food. You can rely on OptiBac’s Probiotics for every day – contains 6 strains of bacteria which work together to improve gut health making it the perfect option for those with IBS.

Keep Silicol gel nearby

IBS has a habit of popping up despite the individual taking steps such as those listed above. Therefore, it’s always handy to keep a treatment on hand should you suddenly find that your symptoms crop up whilst you’re opening presents and crackers!

Silicol gel is a great option here as it addresses a wide range of IBS symptoms including nausea, flatulence, stomach ache and diarrhoea. The product contains silicic acid which binds to harmful and toxic substances to facilitate their removal from the stomach.


Finally, this time of year can be troublesome for those with IBS symptoms but with the tips I’ve listed above, you should be able to manage the condition a little better. So, relax and enjoy all the good things that come at this time of year.

Author - Lise Matthews

Author - Lise Matthews

Bio - Lise Matthews is owner of The Ark Health Hub in Haverfordwest and a practitioner of Bowen Technique and functional medicine. She is also one half of The Nutrition Detectives, providing therapy and muscle testing to assess, support and advise on a range of nutritional issues.

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