Suitable for people with symptoms of IBS


IntestAid®IB is suitable for people with symptoms of IBS

IntestAid®IB provides a natural approach to supporting long-term Bowel Health. It is a food supplement that has ingredients that support the gastrointestinal tract even when it is under gastrointestinal distress*. It is intended for use by the general population, but has been clinically tested with IBS patients in order to prove this claim.


Episodes of abdominal pain or discomfort occur in healthy people, as well as in individuals from IBS. The manufacturer of IntestAid®IB has used guidelines provided by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for testing the product to support its claims for gastrointestinal discomfort. IBS patients are considered an appropriate study group for these types of claims for the general population.


*EFSA describes gastrointestinal discomfort as “episodes of abdominal pain or discomfort e.g. distension/bloating, abdominal pain/cramp etc in the absence of organic disease or biological abnormalities that are commonly associated with food and drug intake or alteration of bowel habit and vary between individuals in frequency and severity”.


What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder of the way in which the bowel functions with varying and persistent distressing symptoms, such as spasm and pain in the intestines, but no harm is caused to the bowel. Put simply IBS is a condition that interferes with the way the bowel work. IBS is a combination of this pain and also irregular bowel habits. There is an absence of any detectable organic cause, hence the difficulty in finding a direct cure. Episodes of abdominal pain or discomfort occur in healthy people, as well as in individuals suffering from IBS. The difference being, the higher the frequency and greater the severity of the symptoms with IBS.


IBS is a collection of symptoms for which there is, of yet, no medical explanation. Though troublesome and at times distressing, IBS is not linked with or known to lead to any serious illness. The following core symptoms are all common features of IBS:


  • abdominal pain with a change in bowel habits (from diarrhoea to constipation, constipation, or an alternation of both).
  • a feeling of urgency when needing a bowel movement,
  • a feeling of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement,
  • bloating and
  • flatulence


Sufferers may not experience all these symptoms; each individual’s ‘symptom map’ varies greatly. For some, symptoms may last for a few days, whilst for others they can last for weeks or months at a time.


Research shows that people find it hard to deal with bowel symptoms; due to embarrassment and feelings of shame (16% of people with IBS have had the occasional “accident”, i.e. bowel incontinence).


Amazingly a third of people in Britain have occasional symptoms of IBS, and one in ten have symptoms requiring medical attention, yet there is no known cure.



IBS Causes

The cause of IBS is not fully known, there is no single, recognised cause of IBS.


It is difficult to treat IBS when the cause(s) are not clear – but of course how IBS is treated depends on beliefs about the cause and the trigger factors. Medical factors, psychological factors, and nutritional factors may all singly or in combination play a part in IBS.


Examples of some known causal factors are:

  • Abnormal diets and irregular eating
  • Food poisoning and gastroenteritis
  • Stress and emotional factors


Half of all people who suffer will date the start of their symptoms to a major life event such as a change of house, job, or bereavement. Because the cause is often unknown, emotional or psychological factors are often blamed.


Around 50% of people with IBS believe their symptoms are caused by food.



Managing your lifestyle

Maintain a health, balanced diet, avoiding foods that are known to irritate the symptoms of your IBS. Prepare fresh foods where possible, and incorporate exercise and relaxation into your lifestyle.


Please see our IBS & DIET factsheet to read the tips by the IBS Dietitian, Nigel Denby, which include meal plans for the different symptoms of IBS.


Our Feedback section has interesting testimonies from satisfied users of IntestAid®IB.



IBS treatment


It is difficult to treat IBS when the cause(s) are not clear – but of course how IBS is treated depends on beliefs about the cause and the trigger factors. If you think you have IBS then it is recommended that you see your GP first, who will be able to assess you for the condition, and also ensure that you are not suffering from any serious disorder.


Other Disorders that can be mistaken for IBS

  • Bowel cancer
  • Celiacs Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Inflamatory bowel disesase (IBD)
  • Liver or pancreatic disease
  • Endometrenosis
  • Hyperthyroidism


Note: IntestAid®IB is a food supplement and if you are diagnosed with any of the above disorders, you can still take this product, but we do recommend that you also discuss this with your health practitioner.

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