“The major function of the digestive system is to break down food and provide a means by which the nutrients can be absorbed in the body. Nutrients that are liberated by this process allow the body to grow, heal and function on a day-to-day basis (Pick 1).” Any break in the digestive system can affect people’s day to day lives since the body is not able to process nutrients as efficiently. Irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS, is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects the colon. Other names for IBS are spastic colon, functional bowel disease, and mucous colitis (Cunha 1).
There are two states that your gut health can be in. Symbiosis means that good and bad bacteria are “living in harmony,” while dysbiosis is when the gut is out of balance and bad bacteria dominate. It is during dysbiosis that disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome occur. While professionals debate over the official cause of IBS, the symptoms are always improved by cleaning up the gut and restoring symbiosis. It is also important to test and see what nutrients your body is lacking, or even getting too much of. Once these have been identified, adding and reducing as needed will improve gut balance, which improves digestion, which improves the immune system, and then leads to a noticeable improvement in your daily life.
IBS is more common than most would think, and signs can include but are not limited to: abdominal cramping, abdominal discomfort, pain with bowel movements, change in stool frequency, flatulence, bloating, mucus in the stool, and alternating periods of diarrhea or constipation (Cunha 2). While these symptoms often vary person to person, they can often make day to day life difficult especially in more chronic cases.
Many times we have clients come in that have signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and express their concerns about the restrictions they put upon themselves in their daily life. They are worried while at school, at work, during sports events, shopping trips, car pool lines, concerts and of course during long trips. Many do not eat in the morning to assure they will not trigger irritable bowel symptoms while away from their home. They also eat a bland diet once they get home. This habit is not only unhealthy and exhausting but it is depressing and unnecessary for many IBS sufferers. Irritable bowel syndrome relief can occur with the right tools and support.
If you find yourself with any of these troubling symptoms, we at Nutritionally Yours recommend a comprehensive stool test kit to identify the cause of these symptoms. Results may also indicate harmful bacteria, leaky gut, low digestive enzymes, high inflammation or even a stubborn parasite that the body is having trouble eliminating on its own. This is an easy to use kit that we deliver directly to you; our test kit is a three day test that gives you results in three weeks. In the meantime, try to find some relief by eliminating foods that over stimulate the intestines such as coffee, alcohol, dairy products, fatty foods, sugary foods, and artificial sweeteners.
Hundreds of clients from the Atlanta, GA area and around the country work with the staff at Nutritionally Yours. Our programs of health awareness have been so successful that we made our testing available via the internet.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss concerns with your medical doctor. Always review stool test results with your primary care doctor.
Cunha, John P. ‘IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Click For Symptoms & Diet’. eMedicineHealth. N.p., 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2015.
Pick, Marcelle. ‘Digestion And Dysbiosis | Women To Women’. Womentowomen.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2015.
Staff, Mayo Clinic. ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mayo Clinic’. Mayoclinic.org. N.p., 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2015.
by Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC