IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term.
Unfortunately, like all other chronic diseases, IBS is on the rise. IBS can strike children (think constipated child) or someone in their 20’s, someone middle aged or elderly.
IBS can manifest as diarrhea or constipation. It can swing from one to the other. It may also include bloating and gas. Many patients with IBS can also suffer from GERD (aka reflux). Gastroenterologists will often perform a EGD and colonoscopy and find nothing structurally wrong, unable to offer the patient anything other than medication to help with the symptoms, often not getting to the root cause of the IBS or the GERD.
Evidence linked to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome):
Candida yeast overgrowth
High carbohydrate diet
Changes in farming
Increased use of broad spectrum antibiotics
Increased use of the weed killer Round Up
Processed food having added sugar
Because of the changes in farming and the increased use of broad spectrum antibiotics and increased use of the weed killer Round Up, now sprayed on 70% of our crops, as well as 70% of processed food having added sugar, all of us are at risk of developing IBS at some point in our lives.
IBS can also be caused by Candida yeast overgrowth, which considering all of the carbohydrate in the standard American diet (SAD), just feeds the candida until it takes on a life of its own and overgrows in the GI tract, wreaking havoc.
Current research indicates that about 70% of the time IBS is caused by food poisoning and can lead to a condition known as SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). Unfortunately, most GI doctors do not test their patients for SIBO and unless the root cause of the SIBO is identified, it can come back after treatment about 70% of the time.
In my practice, I screen my patients for SIBO and Candida Yeast Overgrowth as well as GERD. If you score positive for any of these, I will work to educate you on not only the best dietary strategies for these conditions but also educate you on treatment options regarding testing, prescription medications or herbals and digestive enzymes to rid yourself of these unwanted conditions and their intolerable side effects. If your gut is healthy then you have a much better chance of being healthy head to toe. If your GI “normal” has become intolerable and you want to get back to having healthy GI function, please consider working with me.
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