Food is supposed to be fun, one of life’s greatest joys! But when your reactions to food are severe and unpredictable, eating becomes a source of anxiety and a quest to find the nearest restroom.
Experiencing fullness and bloating during and after meals, chronic constipation or diarrhea, gassiness, burping, indigestion, abdominal pain, and painful or difficult bowl movements are all common reasons people see their primary care or G.I. doctors for help. More times than not they leave with the familiar diagnoses of IBS or irritable bowl syndrome, and are sent on their way with no clear idea of how to resolve their embarrassing and annoying intestinal issues.
I’m hear to let you in on a little secret…IBS is not a diagnosis…it’s a symptom, I mean you already knew your bowl was irritable right?! You didn’t need a doctor to tell you that. The missing link in standard care for these issues is figuring out WHY and offering a solution that addresses the root cause of your gut dysfunction.
As a holistic nutritionist, gut health has been one of my specialties from early on. Ancient wisdom tells us that all health and disease begins and ends there, so naturally, it’s one of the first places I look when assessing the overall health of my clients. Over the years I have found many reasons for what doctors call “irritable bowl syndrome” and have been able to successfully help people heal and live symptom free!
Some of these root cause issues are:
Food sensitivities and intolerances
Lack of digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
Lack of healthy bacteria and diversity of strains
Leaky gut and inflammation
Chronic nervous system up regulation (a body stuck in fight or flight)
So how do you know if your IBS diagnosis is actually an overgrowth of yeast, parasitic activity, or too much of the wrong kind of bacteria? I utilize a functional medicine test in my practice called the GI MAP. It’s a cutting edge stool test that analyzes DNA to determine the environment in you gut. It’s simple and integral tool for getting to the root of your symptoms, allowing me to create a diet, supplement, and lifestyle plan catered to your specific needs. Why guess when you can test!
If you have been living with IBS for one month or ten years- don’t just accept that this is just the way you have to live life, there are answers and solutions available to you!