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Digestive Disorder: Constipation

Constipation is uncomfortable and can make life frustrating. When you’re feeling weighed down and bloated, you are looking for fast relief. Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week. It may be chronic, or happen occasionally. Some symptoms include:

People spend vast amounts of money trying to “unblock” their digestive systems and the majority of over-the-counter remedies for constipation, such as laxatives and stool softeners, aren’t that helpful. Fortunately, there is a natural remedy that can help treat constipation, and that is probiotics.

Diet, stress, surgery, infection and medications disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your gut, which probiotics can help restore. Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that live naturally in the digestive tract, and have proven benefits for those who suffer from digestive conditions like bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Taking a daily probiotic on an ongoing basis tops up your existing friendly bacteria, which helps to maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.

The majority of bacteria that makes up our large intestine are the Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus species, therefore it makes sense that probiotics with specific strains belonging to these species are generally regarded as most beneficial in helping to reduce constipation.

Probiotics also act like a barrier against harmful bacteria by coating the gastrointestinal tract, so that they compete directly with pathogens for space and nutrients. Space is important for bacteria, because before they can colonise and multiply they need to attach themselves to the gut wall lining. By taking probiotics, you’re making sure that the bad bacteria in your gut don’t grow to harmful levels and you re reducing the chance of suffering from constipation.

One of the main benefits that probiotics have over laxatives is that they can’t cause ‘lazy’ gut, which happens when your digestive system becomes reliant on the extra help from laxatives. Probiotics also don’t carry the risk of dehydration, which means you can take them on an ongoing basis.

EM products are extremely effective in both regulating bowel movements as well as aiding in digestion. EM products are complex microbial cultures consisting of microbes from three or four genus. The manufacturers are clear that focusing on the population counts are not as important as focusing on the diversity of the microbes. If EM were to have one less genus of microbes, these products would function like other Probiotics on the market and the results would not be as significant.

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