Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a fairly common gut disorder that affects the colon. The symptoms of which can vary greatly from person to person, and are thus often mistaken for other diseases. Statistics show that 1 in every 5 Americans show symptoms of IBS, but less than 1 of every 5 people with symptoms seek any sort of help. IBS is a long term condition with no known cure. However, the symptoms can definitely be managed with various dietary and lifestyle adjustments.
The most common symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. More severely, and not as common, IBS can present itself with rectal bleeding and weight loss. All of these symptoms generally come and go either in extreme forms or in forms with little to no discomfort. The reason that these “flare-ups” exist is because IBS symptoms are triggered by external (or internal) stimuli. The three biggest culprits for this are food intolerance, gut pathogens and stress. Whenever you eat a food that your body is even a little intolerant to, it causes inflammation in the gut. This aggravates and irritates the gut leading to more severe irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Similarly, stress can compound this process since the body is less efficient with digestive, and other, processes while under stress. For many, stress can cause constant upset stomach.
Some other potential stimuli include genetics and hormone levels. If you struggle with a constant upset stomach and think it may be irritable bowel syndrome IBS, give us a call and schedule an appointment today! We can help get to the root cause of your symptoms and guide you on the right path to reduce or totally eliminate your symptoms. Quality of life is very important to us at Nutritionally Yours and no one should have to suffer needlessly with a constant upset stomach and IBS.
On a personal note, I can remember back to when I was a little girl, around age 10. That was the first time I remember having an upset stomach and how it started effecting my quality of life, even back then. During elementary school, junior high school, high school, and even college I suffered from IBS symptoms pretty regularly. It just became a “normal” part of my life. I started to learn that my “normal” really wasn’t so “normal” after-all and I wanted it to stop. After doing some lab testing I learned that I had a gluten intolerance, so I removed gluten to see what would happen. The best thing is that “nothing” happened! My constantly upset stomach was better! That was around 15 years ago.
Nutritionally Yours understands stomach and gut health. We are here to help you feel your best! You do not have to live with “normal” upset stomach symptoms like I did.
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Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC
Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mayo Clinic”. Mayoclinic.org. N.p., 2016. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.
By Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC