With today’s busy lives and irregular eating patterns, many of us find it difficult to keep our bowels healthy.
Fibre is a key part of our dietary intake to ensure we maintain a healthy bowel. Not eating enough fibre can lead to digestive problems such as constipation and other chronic digestive disorders.
Lepicol is a multi-fibre source product containing inulin and gentle psyllium husk powder known to maintain normal bowel transit. Together, these two ingredients go a long way to help provide your recommended daily intake of fibre – something that many of us lack with the modern diet. The third key ingredient of Lepicol are 5 strains of live bacteria.
• Maintaining a healthy, regular bowel.
• Irritable bowel.
Common Digestive Conditions
Our digestive tract is considered to be the largest organ in our body, where digestion & absorption take place, immune cells are produced and it also provides a home for over 50 trillion bacteria (known as the microflora). It is not surprising that many health care professionals are linking conditions that are seemingly not directly linked to the gut, back to the digestive tract (allergies, for example).
There are many digestive conditions that can have a real impact on day-to-day life, to the point where some chronic sufferers are unable to hold down a regular job. There are lots of different factors influencing digestive conditions with diet being a major cause, but linked to this, there is also stress, general health, family history and medical history (including surgical history). Some common digestive conditions include:
Constipation is defined by the Rome Criteria as people suffering with two or more of the following symptoms:
Fewer than 3 bowel movements per week
Hard stool in more than 25% of bowel movements
A sense of incomplete evacuation in more than 25% of bowel movements
Excessive straining in more than 25% of bowel movements
A need for digital manipulation in order to facilitate evacuation
Constipation is considered to have many causal factors which include:
Low dietary fibre intake
Low fluid intake
Side effects of medication
A symptom of another condition (e.g. IBS)
Although constipation can be experienced by all of the population, the elderly are five times more likely to suffer with constipation than a young adult1. Other high risk groups include; pregnancy, children and travellers.
Depending on the severity of the constipation, you may be prescribed a laxative. However, these can cause side effects (such as stomach cramps, bloating, and wind) and a more natural approach would be to increase fibre and fluid intake and to exercise regularly.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is considered a syndrome rather than a disease due to the lack of evidence for the reason of its occurrence. The Rome III Criteria describes three IBS subgroups:
Diarrhoea predominant (IBS-D)
Constipation predominant (IBS-C)
Mixed diarrhoea and constipation sufferers (IBS-M)
IBS is thought to affect up to 15% of the population in Europe and North America,2 with many not being medically diagnosed. Sufferers of IBS can experience pain during defecation, irregular defecation, flatulence, bloating and unintended weight loss (amongst other symptoms).
Conventional treatment of IBS includes antibiotic courses, steroids, and antispasmodics for the pain, but these can have side effects as well as becoming addictive. Advice is also given on dietary habits – including the intake of fibre, regular meal times and intake of sufficient fluids.
Recent research has shown that there is a difference in the gut microflora of IBS sufferers compared to healthy individuals,3 indicating that the intake of live bacteria supplements for IBS sufferers would be beneficial.
The presence of sac-like protrusions of mucosa along the colon that can become inflamed and bleed. Diverticular disease is very common in the elderly, although it is seen in younger adults below the age of forty.4
A lot of evidence suggests that low fibre intakes are a causal factor of diverticulitis – low dietary fibre reduces the stool size which results in less pressure along the colon wall allowing the sacs to be formed.
Management of diverticulitis includes dietary changes, antibiotics and, in some cases, surgery.
Alternative management solutions
Some management strategies of digestive conditions can cause side effects (such as laxatives and antibiotics), so if the condition can be managed without the dependence of these drugs, the better for the patient. Many management options that steer clear of drugs are related to the diet. For instance, increasing daily fibre intake will have the effect of normalising stool size and regulating peristalsis (contraction of the smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract) which can result in regular bowel movements.
Taking live bacteria for digestive conditions could also be an advantage. Studies have shown that they can positively influence the intestinal environment by balancing the gut microflora (reducing the number of pathogens), influencing digestion and having a wider effect on the immune system.
Store in a cool dry place – out of direct sunlight.
Does not need refrigeration.
Directions for use: Take Lepicol at least 30 minutes before a meal. Shake tub before use.
Adults: Take 1-2 heaped teaspoons mixed with water or juice once or twice daily (5-10g) and consume immediately. This should then be followed by a further glass of water. We recommend starting with a low dose and building up gradually to suit the individual.
Children: Half the adult dose with parental supervision. Parents should seek the guidance of a medical practitioner before giving Lepicol to children under 11 years.
Pregnancy: Lepicol is suitable for use during pregnancy, but we would always suggest consulting your doctor or healthcare practitioner before taking any food supplement.
Please note: Taking Lepicol without water can cause choking. Always aim to consume a 250ml glass of liquid with every heaped teaspoon. Please consult your doctor before taking Lepicol Psyllium powder if you have recently had intestinal surgery or you have an intestinal obstruction. If at any time you experience discomfort after taking Lepicol, reduce dosage or stop taking and seek medical advice.
Store out of the reach of young children.
Live bacteria strains:
Lactobacillus rhamnosus PXN 54
Bifidobacterium bifidum PXN 23
Lactobacillus acidophilus PXN 35
Lactobacillus plantarum PXN 47
Lactobacillus bulgaricus PXN 39
Strength: Minimum of 120 million CFU/g (1.2 x 108 CFU/g), equivalent to 600 million CFU/5g dose (6.0 x 108 CFU/5g).