IBS and Life-Space Probiotics
For many years now I’ve had what I like to refer to as ‘dodgy guts’ (I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term ;)). I’ve never had what you’d call a strong stomach, and have always been quite prone to bloating and cramping, for no apparent reason.
However, things took a turn for the worse just over a year ago when I was struck down with a nasty gastro bug (actually all four of us had it at the same time – a gastro roundabout – but that’s another blog post!) which never really seemed to go away. The rest of the family recovered after a couple of days (as you normally do from gastro), but my poor old dodgy guts never really got better.
I’m lactose intolerant so I’ve always been very wary of dairy, but even with no lactose in my diet I was still experiencing some pretty awful symptoms. Painful bloating and cramping, toilet troubles and recurring gastro-type symptoms… on a daily basis. It was, to put it bluntly, a really shitty time.
After suffering for the best part of a year with horrible symptoms, I booked in to see a Gastro specialist to try and find out what the hell was going on. After a battery of tests, including the delightful experience that was a gastroscopy/colonoscopy (or, as a friend called it, “being spit-roasted by cameras”) and a month long trial of the low FODMAD diet, my gastro doc diagnosed me with Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (PI-IBS). Basically my poor bowel, already out of whack and out of balance, had pretty much forgotten how to function properly after that horrific bout of gastro.
My doctor explained that often this kind of IBS will go away after a few weeks or months, but as mine had been going on for over a year, he thought it might be something I’d just have to live with. Forever.
The good news he gave me was that it had no correlation with increased risk of bowel cancer or anything nasty. It was mainly, as he said, a pain in the bum. (I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first patient he’d used that line on, he seemed pretty pleased with it). His suggestions to help minimise the discomfort and inconvenience of my symptoms were to stick to a low FODMAP diet and take some quality probiotics.
Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways, and it was around this time that I was offered the opportunity to try out Life-Space Probiotics.
Life-Space – a Family-owned Aussie Company
I was lucky enough to meet the gorgeous Giaan Rooney, an ambassador for Life-Space, and have a chat about the company. She explained that Life-Space is a family-owned Australian company passionate about improving the health of Australians. Their formulas are based on the most recent clinical research and they are committed to providing products of the highest quality.
After an in-depth consultation with one of the experts on the Life-Space team, I was sent some Life-Space 100 Billion Powder Probiotic to try out. Yes, 100 Billion. Try saying that without Austin Powers’ Dr Evil coming into your head…
This particular formula, which is clinical strength, contains 100 billion probiotics per gram of powder. It has 10 different strains of live probiotic bacteria, as well as a prebiotic fibre which increases the effectiveness of the probiotic in the digestive tract. A big bonus for me is that it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge, so I can keep it on the benchtop where I’m more likely to remember to take it. This is because Life-Space probiotics are freeze-dried, so they’re not as sensitive to temperature change and are specially packaged so they can be kept out of the fridge.
The 100 Billion formula is in powder form, so I just add it to my low FODMAP vegie juice each morning, or even just sprinkle it on top of whatever I’m eating (as long as the food isn’t too hot – even freeze dried probiotics are susceptible to very high heat).
After a month of taking this clinical strength probiotic I can honestly say my dodgy guts is the least dodgy it has been for years. A combination of following a low FODMAP diet (albeit not very strictly) and taking Life-Space 100 Billion Powder Probiotic has improved my condition more dramatically than I or my gastro doctor thought possible.
As much as I detest the term ‘gut health’ (thanks, in part, to it being trotted out so often by self-appointed experts like good old Paleo Pete), that’s really what it comes down to – restoring the proper balance of good bacteria and whatever else is required to keep everything happy down there.
Key Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics can help with a range of specific health conditions, and can also be beneficial to general health and wellbeing. They can help support optimal digestive, immune, bowel, intestinal and vaginal health, and can be beneficial during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Probiotics can also be particularly beneficial after a course of antibiotics, to help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract.
Probiotics may also be beneficial to people experiencing health issues such as eczema and allergies, thrush, and respiratory, digestive, stomach and/or bowel problems.
The Life-Space Probiotics Range
As well as the clinical strength 100 Billion Powder Probiotic, the Life-Space adult range also includes a Broad Spectrum Probiotic (with 30 billion per capsule), Double Strength Probiotic (with 60 billion per capsule), 60+ Years Probiotic (for people aged over 60 years), and a Probiotic for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
There are also Probiotic Powders available for Babies and Children.
All formulas contain no added dairy, gluten, soy, yeast, egg, fructose, or artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Life-Space Probiotics can be purchased through the Life-Space online store, or are available at all good pharmacies.
Disclosure: I received a selection of Life-Space Probiotics products for the purposes of this post, however no payment was received, and all opinions are my own.