I have an entire book tailored specifically to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Listen To Your IBS: Your Complete Natural Healing Guide. But for those of you who need specific help on using probiotics to improve your gut microflora, I’ve pulled out some great info for you here…

But before we get to that, keep in mind that in addition to probiotic supplementation, you want to take care of the gut dysbiosis; by killing off the bad bugs and re-populating with good bugs. This much shorter book on Natural Treatments for Gut Infection should take care of that. It’s also available in eBook form if you prefer.

Simultaneously, you need to deal with your diet (use my Healing Diets, or FODMAP or some other tried-and-tested dietary plan) and VERY importantly, your emotional situation/stressors:

Now that we’re clear on those important facets of healing IBS, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of specific probiotic dosing for IBS.

This is an excerpt from a teleseminar I did with Natasha Trenev, founder of Natren probiotics and one of the world’s experts on probiotic culturing and usage. I have pulled out the information specifically helpful to people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) in terms of which species and strain of probiotic to use, how often, and which version (powder, capsule, with growth medium, isolated bacteria etc.) is best. Here we go…

Natasha:
Many IBS patients take our Lifestart 2 product which has the exclusive organism of Bifidobacterium infantis grown on goat’s milk. That organism has been found to have the most quieting effect on a hyperactive immune response that causes IBS. But we also tell them to take the Lifestart 2 along with the Healthy Trinity because there are multiple factors responsible for IBS. You can take the Lifestart 2 to stop the hyperactivity, but the other bacteria found in the Healthy Trinity contributes to overall digestive health if you suffer from Crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome.

Jini:
You know what else I read recently, and I know you know Dr. Thomas Borody down in Sydney, Australia who has been spearheading the mycobacteria research and looking at it as the cause of Crohn’s and possibly colitis. He’s got a very interesting article he wrote, along with a couple other scientists, where they’re looking at probiotics not just from the angle of, okay well they can dominate all the bad bacteria in your gut and therefore increase the digestion, but also what you’ve talked about before – which was these beneficial bacteria can produce substances that regulate the immune system. So if you’re having a ton of inflammation because for some reason your immune system is turned up on high, ingesting these beneficial bacteria can bring your system back to balance.

Natasha:
Lifestart 2 is the product we made specifically for hyperactive immune systems, evident in people that have irritable bowel syndrome.

Question: So if I have IBS I should be taking that?

Natasha:
Yes, Lifestart 2 would be the preferable product to start with.

Question: Start with, and so then I can alternate and take the powder also? And go back and forth?

Natasha:
Yes, you may. There is no incorrect way to take our product. There’s a better and best way to take it, but each person has to find the right fit for their body and lifestyle.

Question: For mild or moderate IBS, what and how much would you take and how often. Are there any negative reactions with food and drugs that I should be aware of?

Natasha:
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