Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can have a debilitating effect on your life. We see it often in our
patients who have to schedule their life around their bowels

Drug Treatment protocols may help control the symptoms, however they do not address
the underlying cause of IBS. True healing can only take place by addressing the cause and
triggers.


The good news is that there are many natural ways to address your symptoms that also
address the underlying cause of your IBS.


What is Irritable Bowel?

.IBS is a common condition that many people suffer with. There is a higher prevalence of
women versus men with the condition. The symptoms of IBS are varied and may include
gas, bloating, diarrhea, heartburn, and intestinal cramping/spasms For many IBS can go
from just an annoyance to being debilitating and interfering in your everyday life.

Drug Treatment protocols may help control the symptoms, however they do not address
the underlying cause of IBS. True healing can only take place by addressing the cause and
triggers.

The good news is that there are many natural ways to address your symptoms that also
address the underlying cause of your IBS.

What causes Irritable Bowel?

There are many triggers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There are many triggers for
Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is why it is so important to customize the approach for
each patient. The solution does not include  a one thing fixes all.


Most medical research has shown that the two main causes of irritable bowel — food
allergies and overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine — but there may be others,
including :

*Decreased or lack of Digestive enzymes,
*Zinc or Magnesium Deficiency
Heavy Metal Toxicity
*GI infection caused by bacteria and/or parasites
*Food Intolerance/Food Allergies: Commonly caffeine, dairy, gluten, alcohol, fried foods,
sugar
*Hormonal Imbalances(especially perimenopause)
*Gut Flora Imbalance
*Stress/Anxiety

We have also seen many patients that have IBS symptoms caused by a toxin overload. The  
detox overload which will cause systemic inflammation and exacerbate the bowels. Your
kidneys and liver help your body detox the various toxins we are exposed to daily.

How can Alternative Medicine Help? Can my Bowel be Fixed?

The best way to resolve your Irritable Bowel Syndrome is to get to the root cause or causes
of your symptoms. Because we address the cause, our patients see results.

Fortunately, our use of Functional Medicine allows us to take a comprehensive look at your
body and allows us to test for the many types of common causes. Functional Medicine
offers a personalized approach that works on primary prevention and underlying causes
for serious chronic disease instead of mere symptom management. Using Functional
Medicine Test, we are able to evaluate the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal
system, the permeability of the gut, the levels of inflammation (in the whole body), your
immune function, and stress level.

We have seen our patients get relief from IBS by testing for the underlying cause,. Relief of
IBS would vary, depending on what was found, but could include: rebalancing the gut
bacteria, quieting inflammation by changing diet, eliminating problematic foods, adding
adequate fiber and water, supplementing appropriate nutrients, addressing psychosocial
issues, and encouraging stress reduction practices.
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