A common condition

Every 10th person in Denmark suffers from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). When suffering from IBS movements and sense of feeling in the intestines are different – it is not dangerous, but can be very painful and cause great discomfort.

Fibres stabilize the bowel and HUSK® Psyllium-husk relieves the discomforts of IBS.

If you have IBS you probably suffer from colicky stomach aches. Your stool is sometimes hard and lumpy and at other times you have diarrhoea. Your stomach is often bloated after having eaten, and it is at its worst at night. To someone with IBS a night out with friends and family can quickly turn into agony, when a full course dinner, sweets, soft drinks, wine, beer and coffee causes severe stomach aches and flatulence.

A Danish research study from 2006 indicates that the illness is a hidden constipation. The stool builds up in the intestines and it takes longer for it to pass. The longer the stool stays longer in the intestines, the more fluid is removed from it and it becomes hard and lumpy.

What can you do?

Fibres stimulate the intestinal movements and absorb fluid. HUSK® Psyllium-husk contains 85 % plant fibres, absorbing fluid and increasing in volume. This softens the stool and provides the intestines something to work with. You should drink plenty of fluid when you eat extra fibres.

To relieve the discomforts of IBS it is important with plenty of exercise and eating healthy – particularly fibre rich.

It is also important that you go to the toilet regularly. Holding back stools cause constipation.

Some people find that certain foods irritate their stomach more than others. If you have the same problem, you can try to avoid these foods for a period of time.

Low FODMAP Diet

The purpose of the Low FODMAP diet is to reduce the amount of gassy foods that can also contribute to watery stool. New studies show that 70 % of patients with flatulence, distended stomach, stomach pains, stomach rumbling and gas can improve their situation by following the FODMAP diet1. The diet was developed in Australia by Professor Peter Gibson, Monash University, and Susan Shepherd.

FODMAP is an acronym for:

  • Fermentable – referring to carbohydrates that are decomposed by bacteria in the large intestine.
  • Oligosaccharides – a group of carbohydrates with between two and ten molecules (units)
  • Disaccharides – a subgroup of Oligosaccharides, consisting of two molecules (units)
  • Monosaccharide – one single molecule (unit)
  • And
  • Polyols – also known as sugar alcohols, often ending on -ol

If you would like to learn more about the FODMAP several books have been published on the subject.

HUSK® Psyllium-husk is approved by the Danish Medicine and Health Authority as an herbal medicine for the treatment of IBS, constipation, diarrhoea and elevated cholesterol levels.

1 Halmos E, Power VA, Shepherd SJ, Gibson PR, Muir JG. A diet Low in FODMAPS Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterology 2014; 146: 67-75.