What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (PLUS #1 Thing Not to Do When Treating IBS!)
- posted: Jul. 09, 2021
What is irritable bowel syndrome? Is IBS a real diagnosis? Is it even treatable? Can I beat IBS for good or is it going to be with me for the rest of my life?
In this video, we're going to talk about irritable bowel syndrome and what you're doing right now might be doing more harm than good.
20 years ago, most medical schools taught that IBS was a psychosomatic illness-- it's all in your head. While stress is involved, the science now tells us that the root cause of IBS is an imbalance in the gut microbiome.
Our gut microbiome is made up of 10x more cells than we have in our whole body and 100x more DNA than we have. When it's out of balance, we become sick. Some common IBS symptoms are gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain usually because these bacteria or even yeast ferment foods in the small intestine. This is called SIBO.
You may be starting to wonder how this all started? It's usually lifestyle factors such as a poor diet, processed foods, stress, and food sensitivities such as gluten and dairy, but it can be any food and lack of fiber. We need about 50 grams daily of fiber and the average American gets about 8 grams.
So when it comes to treating IBS, your doctor's recommendations might not be getting to the root cause of the issue but instead making it worse. Most conventional doctors go for antacids and acid blockers, pepto Nexium, etc. While they may appear to be helpful at first, more often, these create dependency and the longer term use of these creates more serious side effects like nutrient deficiencies, bone loss, and even more serious concerns.
Most important is that gut issues like IBS can lead to other health problems, depression and anxiety, joint and muscle pain, even autoimmune illnesses, skin problems and even can contribute to dementia. The solution, work with a good functional medicine doctor and get a comprehensive stool test. The right supplements, prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes are a real comprehensive approach.
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