I have IBS-C and I currently take the digestive enzyme Mega-Zyme for meals at home, and the stronger Houston Enzymes AFP-Peptizyde when I eat out. I also take Iberogast. And I try to frequently eat yogurt, and fermented foods (like kimchi or real pickles), and to start out the day with lemon water. I definitely see improvement, but it's not an instant fix. It was also extremely helpful to start taking 400-600mg of good quality magnesium every day.
I also plan to start strong probiotics later this year (it's too hot to safely ship now, I live in Las Vegas), I'm thinking of starting with SeekingHealth ProBiota Senstive, and then VSL #3 (extremely strong and not a good one to start with first) if that doesn't work. Some other ones I think look good are Klair Labs Ther-Biotic and Biotics Research BioDoph-7 Plus.
I decided to start taking Culturelle (a probiotic supplement) and have been on it for a week now. It is already amazing!!! I noticed a difference within one day!!! And this is the time period when they say the body might experience side effects from adjusting to the probiotics. I've experienced very mild side effects maybe one or two days. I am sold on this stuff already. I'm still eating my yogurt. But I fully intend on keeping up with the Culturelle long term.
Personally, I use Align Daily Probiotic. I was diagnosed with IBS in 2007. I've been on the Align ever since, and I find I have few, if any, major IBS upsets. When I do get IBS flair-ups, they aren't as bad and don't last as long with the Align. it's a little pricey, but there's usually coupons for it. Also, sometimes when I need samples of AciPhex from my gastroenterologist, the bag they give me the samples in has a $3 coupon on it, as well.
I've also heard Phillips Colon Health is really good. And supposedly Activia yogurt - which is probably the least expensive option - is great. I tried it for a few days and loved it, but I'm not a huge yogurt fan and having to have one every single day got obnoxious.
Again, as others said, you should speak to your doctor to see what might work best for you, but I do highly recommend the Align. It's done wonders for me. You can find it in places like Costco, BJs, Walmart, and most supermarkets.
I don't really know much about digestive enzymes. I do know that I eat a yogurt daily (probiotics) and it helps me with the IBS-D that I deal with (which I don't have really bad on an ongoing basis...it is sporadic for me). I do agree that you should talk to your doctor (or get a referral to a gastroenterologist). There are many options for many people to help deal with this.
Good luck to you! And do try a daily yogurt (doesn't matter what kind as long as it has the live and active cultures in it) and see if that helps you at all until you can get in to see your dr! :)
I understand that these two supplements remedy different scenarios. But what I don't understand is what exactly would be the best fit for me, weather it is either or both. I've noticed people mentioning books? Is there a book that's more helpful than others? I'm pretty much lost, and wondering if I'll be eating brown rice and chicken for the rest of my life.
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