02 Feb 2016

Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? – you may be deficient in Vitamin D

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The majority of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) could well be deficient in vitamin D, severely affecting their quality of life, a study has found.

Tests revealed that vitamin D deficiency was high across different IBS symptoms: 81.8% of those with IBS with constipation, 70% of IBS with diarrhoea and 81.6% of IBS with mixed bowel habits.

A study  to assess patient data from 37 IBS sufferers commented on the effect of vitamin D supplementation on their condition. The paper reported that approximately 70% of those that received high-dose supplementation improved their IBS symptoms.

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The researchers pointed out that vitamin D had been implicated in neurological developments in previous studies and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) had been expressed throughout the nervous system where its activation was linked to neurotransmitter levels and serotonin synthesis.

VDR is also expressed in the gut and regulates epithelial barrier function and bowel inflammation suggesting that a vitamin D deficient diet may directly impact bowel function and hence IBS symptomology.

Herbs that can help relieve IBS include cramp bark, valerian, chamomile, peppermint, and globe artichoke.

Other modalities that can be of benefit with IBS include Emotional Freedom Technique,  Scenar Therapy, and Biomesotherapy, and adhering to your Blood Type Diet.

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