A Probiotic To Prevent Traveller’s Diarrhoea

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Many people travelling abroad take a probiotic with them in order to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea. When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, the risk of becoming ill increases because many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted.

Traveller’s diarrhoea, as the name suggests, is a medical condition which results in diarrhoea whilst travelling. It is often caused by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contaminated food by insects and other factors.

The bacteria responsible for causing traveller’s diarrhoea include Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella and various strains of E. coli. Read More…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: What Causes It And How To Control IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common debilitating gastrointestinal disorder that affects people in different ways. It is estimated that between 8% and 20% of the adult population are affected, mainly women between the ages of 30 and 60 years, and typical symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, bloating, and varying bouts of constipation and diarrhoea.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is termed a ‘functional disorder’. A functional disorder is a medical condition that impairs the normal function of the body where every part of the body looks completely normal under examination. We do not fully understand IBS since it is a very complex condition, but sufferers can exhibit a combination of different symptoms and signs such as abdominal bloating, constipation (IBS-C), diarrhoea (IBS-D) or alternating between both (IBS-A). Read More…