In a previous article I discussed what your microbiome is, why it’s important, and how a disrupted microbiome can cause irritable bowel syndrome. In this article we will discuss how to rebuild your gut microbiome with prebiotics. What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are foods and supplements which feed your good gut microorganisms (microbiota) and allow them to grow and thrive. Another name for prebiotics are fermentable fibre. Prebiotic Foods and Supplements Prebiotic foods include … [Read more...]
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you have a very bloated painful stomach? Do you dread going to the bathroom because you have severe constipation and it hurts so much? Or do you have to run to the bathroom because you have diarrhea after eating? Do you get embarrassed because you have excessive gas or burp a lot?
You have gone to your medical doctor, got a colonoscopy, and ruled out structural problems in the gut like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, or diverticulitis. As a diagnosis of exclusion you have been labelled as having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Next you are prescribed a medication to get rid of your IBS symptoms. Maybe it’s a laxative for constipation, or a drug to help diarrhea, or even an anti-depressant. Maybe you have been told to increase your fibre intake in the from of breads and cereals and these could be the foods that are actually causing your IBS in the first place.
You're worried because your symptoms keep getting worse despite all of your efforts to treat it. Or perhaps you're developing other health issues that may be associated with your IBS.
Ignoring your IBS for long periods of time can lead to other health problems like persistent joint and muscle pain, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, and depression and anxiety disorders to name a few.
When you understand the underlying cause(s) of your IBS symptoms you can treat it more effectively and get your life back. Underlying causes can be food intolerances, overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, or other gut conditions. Sometimes the nerve supply from the brain and spine to the smooth muscles in your gut isn’t working properly. Sometimes the valve between your small and large intestine doesn’t open or close correctly.
There are many causes of IBS. You just have dig deeper to find the underlying cause. When you find it, there are many natural ways to treat your IBS symptoms that are safe and effective. Treating the underlying cause of your IBS naturally will help get you well and keep you well.
The gut wrenching stomach pain, bloating, and constipation and/or diarrhea you are experiencing can have many underlying causes. Regardless, you have been labelled by medical doctors as having Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. IBS has a diverse group of underlying causes from gluten intolerance, SIBO, leaky gut syndrome, mold and heavy metal toxicity, brain dysfunction, immune dysfunction, and a disrupted gut microbiome. In this article, we will discuss what your gut microbiome is, why it’s … [Read more...]
When was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed, energetic, and clear in your head? Do you have to wake up to an alarm, feel groggy, and have to keep hitting the snooze alarm? Do you always need caffeine just to give you a boost? Or perhaps you wake up too early, wired and tired, anticipating your day, and irritable? There are serious side effects of sleep deprivation extending far beyond the above symptoms. I used to wear a badge of honour when I thought I could get away with five to … [Read more...]