Living with IBS?
Anyone who has experienced Irritable Bowel Syndrome knows how horrible it can make you feel. Stops you from enjoying life with friends and family, trips, and vacations all become harder to enjoy and do. I more time worrying about whether can i make it to the bathroom. Not a good place to be.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
IBS is a collage of symptoms that often point to poor digestion, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Alternating diarrhea and constipation
Those affected by IBS may also have belching, and sometimes nausea.
What Causes IBS?
While the cause of IBS is unclear, there are several theories from the medical community.
Gut Infection: People with a history of food poisoning, and or H Pylori were often diagnosed with IBS, and physicians prescribed antibiotic therapy. It does work. As it turns out, IBS may be the result of gut infections and or an imbalance of good to bad bacteria, maybe both.
Bacterial Overgrowth: IBS may start out as SIBO unnoticed, which is bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine known as SIBO. In support of this theory, we know that you can help SIBO & IBS with a balance of good to bad bacteria from probiotics, diet changes, and lifestyle changes.
Recently, a scientist has connected the dots. We know that stress, bad bacteria overgrowth, neurotransmitters, the immune system, biofilms, and diet play a role in the development of SIBO & IBS.
One hallmark sign of both IBS and bacterial overgrowth is gas and bloating. While stress will always irritate digestive function, research shows that both foods and a leaky gut, the destruction of good bacteria, and unhealthy biofilms contribute to symptoms of IBS.
THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION
IBS symptoms frequently worsen with the occurrence of stressful life events.
Secondly, a physical exam shows no damage to the digestive system.
The gut contains more nerve tissue than the brain.
Over the last 20 years, research has revealed that the brain and our emotions share a strong relationship with the gut bacteria and the immune system. The gut microbiome, where trillions of microbes reside in the human body, can actually interact with the brain. Your gut bacteria produce molecules that enter the bloodstream — it’s through these molecules that the gut communicates with the brain. They can even impact behavior, such as gut bacteria, gastrointestinal disease, and autism. Can cause food cravings for bad carbs and sugar.
Bad bacteria can affect not only digestion but mood and emotional states. IBS has been called a “mental illness” of the second brain.
IBS and Your Damaged Digestive System
The digestive system and the brain are interconnected networks of nerve tissue. The digestive system is your “second brain.” And your “second brain” can give out orders, as well as the brain that belongs to your central nervous system. In fact, the digestive system contains more nerve tissue than the brain.
Besides nerve tissue, a thin lining of cells along the gut wall protects your body from large food particles and bacteria called Biofilms. Beneath this cell wall is your immune system. Above this cell wall are bacteria and yeast. Altogether, this is your inner ecosystem. It needs to be protected with a balance of good healthy foods and probiotics.
When the digestive system is damaged there may be
Too Little Stomach Acid An infection or stress hormones can both impair the production of stomach acid. This brings the digestive process to a halt.
Enzyme Deficiency The small intestine needs specific enzymes to keep food and bacteria moving along. When there are not enough enzymes, food putrefies in the small intestine.
Bacterial Overgrowth/ Good VS Bad. The small intestine should be relatively free of bacteria—even good bacteria. The bulk of bacteria and yeast that make up your inner ecosystem is found in your large intestine. Large colonies of bacteria in the small intestine can cause cramping, pain, gas, and bloating.
Leaky Gut A permeable gut lining allows yeast, toxins from bacteria, and large food particles into your bloodstream. This is also known as “leaky gut.”
Food Sensitivities An inflamed and “leaky” gut will allow food particles to cross into the bloodstream. This activates a response from the immune system. One of the best ways to heal food sensitivities is to seal the leaks!! There are some foods that you may always be sensitive to for other reasons.
Nutritional deficiencies Can be caused by an unhealthy digestive system, along with a diet lacking in the nutrition your body needs. As bad bacteria take over and push out the good bacteria, protective barriers are broken down, biofilms deteriorate, and the above signs will start to happen and get worst over time.
Also referred to as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), this bacterial overgrowth is caused by low stomach acid, enzyme deficiency, and leaky gut. While some doctors may recommend antibiotics to improve SIBO symptoms, antibiotic use can often trigger a vicious cycle. Antibiotics can disturb digestive system flora and predispose some people to IBS.
The vicious cycle continues. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to a leaky gut. It can also contribute to the development of food sensitivities & erode healthy Biofilms.
Start harmonizing Gut Bacteria and Digestion
Did you know that you can help diminish the symptoms by nourishing your gut with real nutrient-dense foods? As with many other health issues, your gut health is an important tool in the fight against IBS. To find out why let’s look a little deeper.
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Changing your food choices, and getting the right kind of probiotics in the right amount for you can be key. Getting the right nutrition for you can help. Getting out in the sunshine and exercising,
Learning what foods help and which one makes IBS worst.
Naturally fermented dairy is a great one if properly made, Healthy oils and fats, real fiber, fresh fruit, and vegetables all are needed to maintain a healthy digestive system.
Did you know most forms of fiber, and oils are not helping your body?
Foods that hurt your digestive system
Sugar, soda, energy drinks, any foods with preservatives, fast food, processed meat, processed refined carbs, chips, overly processed oils, even the ones you think are good for you. In today’s world, there are so many food choices that can disrupt the digestive system ecology and the number of cases of ISB continues to raise as a result.
Better decisions +Actions = Results
First, we must make the decision to change our eating habits and think before we reach for a food item and ask ourselves, is this food helping or hurting our digestive system?
Is this food affecting my mood? is this food causing inflammation? Start to listen to your body and feel how foods affect you.
One site you might want to check out is the KePro group, on facebook,
to learn about foods, healthy diets, recipes, the 80/20 rule, probiotics, and nutritional deficiencies.
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