When should I start to feel the benefits ?
The simple answer is that it takes time for your body to heal your gut lining even after you start treating it. How quickly you notice benefits will depend on a range of factors including the severity of your symptoms, how long you have been suffering and indeed the reasons behind your condition.
Some customer feel the benefits within weeks, whilst for others it can take up to 3 months so don’t give up if you are yet to feel the full benefits as it may take time.
IBS symptoms typically develop over long periods of time. Sadly, there is no neat answer for what causes IBS. Everyone is different, and causes can vary wildly from patient to patient. There are, however, several factors that are known to play a role.
The evidence that IBS is a stress-sensitive condition is convincing. Stress can cause hormones to be released that disrupt the normal functioning of the bowel. Traumatic or upsetting circumstances can bring on IBS attacks.
Bacterial infections in the digestive tract — such as gastroenteritis — can lead to post-infectious IBS, where symptoms persist long after the infection has cleared.
Although the role of food in IBS isn’t yet fully understood, sufferers report worse symptoms when they eat or drink particular things. Common culprits are fizzy drinks and products containing dairy, wheat, citrus, beans, cabbage, onions and garlic. Heavily processed foods in general tend also to be triggers and sugar alcohols including maltitol and sorbitol and mannitol.
Mast cells are blood cells that manage injury and foreign bodies by releasing chemicals such as histamines. There is growing evidence to suggest that IBS sufferers have a larger amount of mast cells in their body.
The healing process
I recently suffered from lower back pain and when I spoke to the consultant, he talked me through the factors which may have caused the problem. I was looking to pinpoint the cause so I could rectify it, but we discussed that my body is reacting now to problems developed over many years. It could have been bad posture developed over many years, sitting too much during the day at a desk, to driving for too long in a seated position without taking breaks! Similarly, it isn't the first alcoholic drink that affects the liver negatively or the first sugary cake that raises blood sugar levels to uncontrollable numbers. It’s a gradual process.
It’s the same when your body starts to heal as it doesn’t happen overnight, it is a gradual process. There are medications that you can take to ease the symptoms short term, but these are designed to provide relief, not to help your body heal over the long term.
Once you recognize that it may have taken you months or years to get to the level of discomfort that you are in now, it's a lot easier to see why it might take weeks or months for your body to react in a different way.
How many should I take?
Our supplements are designed to be taken on a daily basis for optimal benefit. We recommend taking one in the morning 30 minutes before your breakfast and one 30 minutes prior to your evening meal. Each pill should last in your body for 12 hours. If you have ever taken allergy medications that require you to take them for several days before you notice any real improvement in your symptoms then in a similar way, our supplement needs to be taken daily on an ongoing basis before you are going to start feeling the benefits.
In summary, the healing process is gradual, and your body needs time to fully absorb the natural ingredients over time and allow our formula the time it needs to instil well-being. Taking a supplement alone won’t necessarily have the same impact as if you combine this with other things such as following a Low Fodmap diet as this helps to identify which carbohydrates your gut has trouble digesting. As mentioned earlier stress has a profound impact on the gut so activities such as yoga and mindfulness can also help.