For the first time in three years, Lynette McMeekin is looking forward to her staff Christmas party.
the nurse from Newcastle has declined the invitation — bloating and
pain caused by her irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) made the idea of
left me feeling so bloated and exhausted that all I could manage was to
go to work, do the odd bit of shopping and come home,’ says Lynette,
53, who has an adult son. ‘And I was so bloated that when I was at work I often felt embarrassed even walking across the ward.’
Around one in five people in Britain are affected by IBS, thought to be caused by a sensitive gut. But Lynette’s symptoms were eased by a new drink containing ‘friendly’ bacteria, suggested to her by a colleague.
attitude was “Not another probiotic!”, but I decided to give it a go,’
says Lynette. After a few months the bloating and discomfort have gone. The
drink she tried has just been the subject of a large British trial —
one of the first to show convincingly that probiotics can make a
difference to health.
Source - Daily Mail