Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system, according to the NHS.
IBS symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating.
The exact cause of the condition isn’t known, but it’s believed to be caused by food passing through the digestive system either too fast or too slowly.
It may also be caused by oversensitive nerves in the gut, stress, or a family history of IBS.
Becky Excell, 27, suffered from constipation for almost 10 years. But, her symptoms were eased after taking Bimuno daily prebiotic supplements.
IBS symptoms: Constipation pain ‘cured’ with this cheap supplement
Excell was diagnosed with IBS in 2011, after suffering from bloating and intolerance to certain foods.
She was “in agony” because of her stomach, and constantly felt constipated, she said.
“The fallout of just feeling so heavy, pained and bloated every day of my life really grinds you down over time,” Excell said.
“You eventually lose all hope of ever feeling better which is really damaging for your mental well-being.
“My stomach looks pregnant from the bloating and I now spend most of my mornings looking at myself in the mirror, desperately trying to reassure myself that I’m not fat.”
IBS symptoms: Constipation pain ‘cured’ with this cheap diet supplement
After trying a number of different IBS remedies, Excell tried Bimuno probiotics.
Bimuno works by stimulating growth of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut.
It aims to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria to promote digestive health, as well as overall health.
The prebiotic reduces IBS symptoms, and improves the quality of life in patients, studies have claimed.
“I recently started incorporating prebiotics like Bimuno into to my diet after they were recommended to me,” said Excell.
IBS symptoms: Becky Excell was diagnosed with the condition in 2011
“I’ve tried a lot of different remedies for IBS over the years, but prebiotics are one of the only things that I’ve ever experienced positive results with.
“One of my biggest symptoms is constipation, and Bimuno has really helped that already,” said Excell.
You could also reduce IBS symptoms by drinking plenty of water, and increasing the amount of soluble fibre you eat, the NHS said.
Patients should also get plenty of exercise, and try to find ways to relax, it added.
See a GP if diet changes or over-the-counter medicine isn’t helping to relieve IBS symptoms, or if you need to avoid lots of different foods to prevent symptoms.