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    <h2>The daily dose of friendly bacteria that lets me forget about my IBS</h2> <p class=”author-section byline-plain”>By Eifion Rees </p> <p class=”byline-section”><span class=”article-timestamp article-timestamp-published”> <span class=”article-timestamp-label”>Published:</span> <time datetime=”2012-09-29T22:32:50+0100″> 22:32 GMT, 29 September 2012 </time> </span> | <span class=”article-timestamp article-timestamp-updated”> <span class=”article-timestamp-label”>Updated:</span> <time datetime=”2012-09-29T22:32:50+0100″> 22:32 GMT, 29 September 2012 </time> </span> </p> <div data-preferred-shared-network-enabled=”” id=”articleIconLinksContainer”>

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    <span></span> <p class=”count-number”> 16</p> <p class=”count-text”>View <br /> comments</p> </div> <!– ad: website –> <br /><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Bread, pasta, coffee, wine, cheese, even honey – as any sufferer will attest, the list of foods that can trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is depressingly long.

    </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>And even if those who are blighted by the problem manage to live a wheat and dairy-free existence, one sneaky latte and bloating, discomfort, and embarrassing digestive complaints return.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Now the makers of a probiotic supplement say it not only halts symptoms, but allows IBS patients to eat whatever they like.</font></p><div class=”clear”> </div><div class=”artSplitter”> Relief: Paula Wheeler has suffered for more than 20 years but is now leading a normal life after taking Symprove <noscript> Relief: Paula Wheeler has suffered for more than 20 years but is now leading a normal life after taking Symprove </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>Relief: Paula Wheeler has suffered for more than 20 years but is now leading a normal life after taking Symprove</p> </div><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Symprove, available over the counter, is the first treatment proven under laboratory conditions to work.

    It contains four live strains of the ‘friendly bacteria’ lactobacillus that, its makers claim, can ‘reset’ the digestive system. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>A trial at London’s King’s College Hospital found that 57 per cent more patients with moderate to severe IBS achieved remission while taking it.</font></p><p></p><div data-track-module=”am-related_carousel^related_carousel” data-track-selector=”.rotator-panels a:not([class*=external])” data-dm-rotator-rotate=”false” data-track-pos=”static” data-preferred-shared-network-enabled=”” data-dm-rotator-auto-init=”” id=”p-20″ class=”related-carousel with-fb-or-tw health half” data-dm-rotator-active-class=”active” data-dm-rotator-page-count=”1.0″ data-dm-social-article-auto-init=”” data-dm-rotator-page-size=”1″> <div class=”rotator bdrcc”> <div class=”rotator-title”> <h2>RELATED ARTICLES</h2> <ul class=”rotator-pages link-xocc”> <li class=”rotator-prev”>Previous

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    </div> <p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>We asked one sufferer to put the treatment to the test for a month, while keeping a diary, and the results were remarkable.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Paula Wheeler, 42, is a public health specialist for the NHS who runs marathons in her spare time.

    She lives in Manchester with partner Tom, 41, and sons Sam, 24, and Tom, 16. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>She has had IBS since her university days and her symptoms include nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. She has been managing her condition through diet – avoiding bread, pasta and acidic fruit – and has taken probiotics in the past, but they did nothing for her.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><font color=”FFFFFF”><b><span style=”background-color: rgb(51, 204, 204);”>WEEK ONE                                                                                                                                             </span></b></font><br /></font></p><div class=”floatRHS”> Symprove, available over the counter, is the first treatment proven under laboratory conditions to work <noscript> Symprove, available over the counter, is the first treatment proven under laboratory conditions to work </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>Symprove, available over the counter, is the first treatment proven under laboratory conditions to work</p></div> <p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>The month’s supply of four 500ml Symprove bottles has arrived and I’m to drink 60ml every morning before eating anything.

    I take it before my shower, so I don’t forget.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>It tastes like mango cordial. Although I can’t drink fruit juices, this is delicious. I had been worried it would be too sweet, as I can’t tolerate anything too high in sugar or E-numbers.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I’ve decided it’s important to continue to eat and exercise as I normally would – that means not testing any of the ‘trigger’ foods I’ve been avoiding for several years – so I can be sure any change is down to the Symprove.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>By avoiding bread, pasta and acidic food, I had been managing my IBS quite effectively and I don’t appear to have any other triggers.

    But four years ago I started getting into running seriously. I’ve always been sporty but I found the amount of exercise I was doing was messing with my diet and metabolism. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>You need to eat for energy but it takes two hours to digest food, so you have to think a lot more about what and when you eat.
    As well as timing, I have to plan my running routes for ‘pit-stops’ – somewhere such as a McDonald’s or somewhere else with a loo. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>It’s an inconvenience I’ve been working around but it’s great to think I might finally have found something that can alleviate my symptoms.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><font color=”FFFFFF”><b><span style=”background-color: rgb(51, 204, 204);”>WEEK TWO                                                                                                                                            </span></b></font></font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Exercise is becoming much easier, with none of the usual cramping or funny stomach noises while running.

    I’ve been trying hard not to change anything else about my diet. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I get the usual bloated feeling only once – at a lunch meeting where just sandwiches were available, bread being one of my trigger foods. I usually bring my own lunch, otherwise you have to eat something.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>On Friday we have fish and chips for tea, which normally brings on some of the effects of IBS – bloating or  nausea – afterwards, but there has been none of that.

    </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I’m starting to feel quite positive about this. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>But the litmus test will be next week when I’m on holiday in Norway. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>We’re staying with a family, so we’ll have to eat what they’re eating.
    It will be interesting to see how things go when I’m out of my comfort zone.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><font color=”FFFFFF”><b><span style=”background-color: rgb(51, 204, 204);”>WEEK THREE                                                                                                                                         </span></b></font></font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Stress and anxiety can trigger my symptoms but, despite all the inevitable worries about getting to the airport, there is no upset.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Staying at someone else’s house is usually a bit of a nightmare as I can an infection cause high blood sugar with type 1 diabetes‘t really control what I’m eating.

    Part of that may be psychological, worrying about having to eat different food.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I’m still used to cutting out bread and pasta but I did have some carbs to sustain myself – in fact over the week I had a burger and chips, hot dogs, a moose-meat salad, fish stew .  .  .
    I was even able to enjoy a few glasses of wine and local beer. I felt no different afterwards, which is amazing.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><font color=”FFFFFF”><b><span style=”background-color: rgb(51, 204, 204);”>WEEK FOUR                                                                                                                                          </span></b></font></font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Physically I’ve been feeling a lot better over the past three weeks – my energy levels are fine so I’m back to my usual sporty regime.

    Because running had appeared to exacerbate the IBS, I had been really conscious of what I was eating, perhaps eating less than I should. I’m able to eat more now, and that feeling of lethargy has gone.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Also, because I was eating less, after a long run in the evening I’d be ravenous and have to eat something in the night, usually brown rice.

    </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>That would mean going to bed on a full stomach, then waking up feeling bloated and not wanting breakfast. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I’ve been testing myself properly with some longer runs of up to two hours and have been getting no reaction at all.
    </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>It’s made me realise the extent to which my IBS was dictating where I could go.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>I can now head for greener, more open spaces. There is no more grumbling stomach, no need to think about emergency stops.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><font color=”FFFFFF”><b><span style=”background-color: rgb(51, 204, 204);”>THE AFTERMATH…

                                                                                                                                   </span></b></font></font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Symprove is now a part of my daily regime – I still drink the probiotic every morning and will definitely keep on using it.

    It’s been a universally positive experience, with no side effects at all. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>None of the medication I’ve taken in the past, such as Colofac, an anti- spasmodic, has had anything like this kind of impact on my IBS, which has been a constant part of my life for almost 20 years.

    It has affected the rhythm of my life and forced me to do things differently. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I think that doing so much exercise has compounded the effects of my IBS, so for it to work despite my lifestyle is incredible. </font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>I’ll always be careful about what I eat, but I don’t have to be so regimented or plan ahead any more.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>lSymprove can be bought online from symprove.com, by phone (01252 413600) and from selected healthcare retailers.

    A 500ml bottle costs £19.95, with discounts for multiple orders.</font></p><p><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Dosage is calculated according to body  weight, 1ml per kilogram. It is recommended that Symprove  be taken for at least 12 weeks to fully reset a person’s system and balance the gut.</font></p><div class=”clear”> </div></div>
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