Can a superfood, nutrient dense shake like Shakeology free you from the discomfort and embarrassment of IBS?
I dreaded the class period right after lunch during my high school years. It was inevitable that I would have really bad intestinal pain and have to rush to the bathroom and have diarrhea. And there was NO WAY I was going to tell anyone. It was far too embarrassing for me at 16 to discuss bathroom problems with anyone, even my closest girlfriends who I shared all of my embarrassing moments with.
This continued through my college years and all through my 20s and 30s. I had numerous times when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the bathroom in time without “exploding”. Even typing this out is really difficult for me because I’ve discussed it with so few people. I finally talked with my doctor and she diagnosed me with IBS-D and told me to cut out dairy from my diet. I did. It didn’t help. At all.
Douglas A. Drossman, MD co director, UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders describes IBS symptoms as “a disorder, a functional GI disorder where there’s abdominal pain primarily, with some alteration of bowel habit. Some people can have what’s called diarrhea predominant, where you have abdominal pain. Often you might get the pain after a meal or when under stress. And then you might have to run to the bathroom and have diarrhea and very often, at least based on the criteria, the pain could be relieved after a bowel movement. Other people might have more of a constipation pattern, where they uh have infrequent bowel movements, are straining to have a bowel movement and this is associated with increased pain. And some people can actually have diarrhea one time and constipation another time. Then there can be other associated symptoms, like bloating, nausea and a variety of other conditions.”
While there is still no know exact cause for IBS, health experts believe there could be a faulty connection between the brain and the intestinal track. In addition, many times people with IBS tend to have an unusually sensitive intestinal system. Symptoms tend to occur due to:
- Eating (though no particular foods have been linked with IBS).
- Stress and psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression.
- Hormonal changes, such as during the menstrual cycle.
- Some medicines, such as antibiotics.
- An infection in the digestive tract.
- Genetics. IBS may be more likely to occur in people who have a family history of the disorder.
In 2010, I was introduced to Shakeology and it set me FREE from my IBS symptoms. I started using Shakeology because I wanted to lose weight and get healthier, so for me, clearing my IBS was a side effect! I didn’t expect it at all and I am forever grateful. Nutrition experts and Functional Medicine Specialists are well versed in the connection between gut health and many ailments that people suffer from needlessly, if they were to fuel their bodies with the proper nutrients. I believe this was the key for me and Shakeology unlocked it.
I’m not a nutritionist or a scientist, but from all the research I have done to try and understand WHY Shakeology helped my IBS, it all seems to lead to PROBIOTICS. But not just ANY probiotics. Shakeology contains Bacillus Coagulans. This is the only form of probiotic that can pass through your stomach, survive the stomach acids and reach your intestines and still remain effective. Eating yogurt will not do that! And I’d much rather drink Shakeology which tastes way better, has far less sugar and 70 additional superfood ingredients to help my body function at it’s best on a cellular level.
Whether or not Shakeology will resolve your IBS symptoms, I cannot say for sure. But given it’s extensive nutrient dense list of ingredients, you could have results like I did and obtain freedom from the diarrhea, bloating, pain and urgent need to run to the bathroom after a meal like I did. It’s been 6 years as I write this of freedom for me. Don’t suffer any longer than you already have.
-Results may vary. Please consult your physician before beginning any supplement or meal replacement product, particularly if you have any unique or special needs or conditions, such as food allergies, dietary restrictions, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.