Feed Your Stomach’s Good Bacteria with Benefiber
No plan for recovery from IBS is complete without the addition of some sort of fiber supplement. For this topic, we are going to focus on a great product called Benefiber.
To start off, fiber is a tricky topic for those with IBS. Especially so for those with IBS-D like myself. Since I already struggle with diarrhea and not constipation, adding fiber can be backfire. It may cause my symptoms of diarrhea to be worse. This is why those with IBS-D are recommended not to eat too much raw vegetables and salad. Some of you with bad IBS-D probably don’t even tough anything raw. You would at the very least lightly steam the vegetable before consuming them in moderation.
Folks with IBS are advised to stay away from fiber as it may cause further digestive issues. While true for some, it is still important to have a well-balanced diet that includes sources of fiber.
Despite all the potential issues that fiber may add onto the mountain of problems an IBS sufferer would face, it may be worth a try. The reason is that fiber is a very important part of our diet.
Good bacteria in your stomach needs to eat too
Fiber supplements like Benefiber contain prebiotics. You might be thinking that with all that you’ve read previously about probiotics, what is this prebiotic nonsense? The concept isn’t complicated. The idea itself is important though. Prebiotics are basically food for the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Obviously as living organisms in your system, they also need to nourish themselves somehow.
By taking Benefiber, you introduce more prebiotics into your digestive system. This in turn strengthens all the good bacteria that is in your stomach and intestines. Including the bacteria that you take through probiotic supplements.
Our digestive tract is supported by billions of good bacteria that help us digest and support our immune system. Prebiotics is their food source and you have to feed them too.
Usually you get these prebiotics naturally from oats, vegetables, fruits, and so on. As an individual with IBS, some of this food may no longer be an option to you due to a low-FODMAPs diet or some other reason. This is why taking fiber supplements like Benefiber is an important consideration for the journey towards digestive healing.
My IBS experience with Benefiber
There was a period of time (for at least a few months) when I was quite averse to fiber. I had read an article somewhere that it may worsen IBS symptoms of diarrhea. Funny thing about IBS is that whenever I had diarrhea, I would curse everything I ate that day. What seemed to be a reliable food or supplement would jump on top of my suspect list. IBS is definitely a digestive disorder that makes even the most determined minds fickle.
Despite some challenges I faced initially with my picky IBS stomach, I decided to maintain a low fiber intake. During random IBS flare-ups, I would reduce the amount of fiber supplement I am taking. Sometimes even taking a temporary pause while my gut finds its direction in life. When things turn for the better, I would dial the amount of fiber back up a bit.
Fiber seems to have helped my IBS-D in ways that no specific diet or unique mixture of probiotics would. My stool became firmer, which is very welcomed for those suffering with IBS diarrhea. There are also less incidents of my running to the bathroom in a total surprise. Benefiber has brought more predictability for my bowel movements. And I think you can benefit from it too.
If you have IBS-C, symptoms of constipation may also be improved when your diet is enriched with fiber.
Benefiber is tasteless and colorless
I found Benefiber to mix very well into liquids. This is no protein powder where you have to stir for minutes and you can still find chunks of whey in your protein shake. The fiber powder itself is fine, white, and has no smell.
Benefiber is a fine white powder that mixes easily into any liquid.
Benefiber mixes into liquid with ease. I usually just add it to water because I don’t need a beverage to mask any weird taste.
When should I take Benefiber?
Personally, I take a fiber supplement about an hour after I take my probiotic supplements. This was just a timing I created on my own. I thought it was logical to feed the probiotic bacteria that is trying to establish a colony in my digestive tract. Give it a try and see how it can help with your IBS symptoms in the long run.