IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month, although I am not sure we need an awareness of this subject as I see this condition in clinic on a regular basis.

One in 5 Australians will experience some kind of IBS symptoms at one time.

According to better health websites there is no cure only management. Which includes following a fodmap diet, medications for constipation, diarrhea, anti-spasmodics, anti-depressants and behavioural therapies.

They also list the causes as food intolerance, infection, stress and medications.

While these causes are debatable for cause or effect, they do at least acknowledge that it is a functional gut issue and there is a connection with the brain/gut axis.

No-where do they suggest any gut healing or microbiome improvement. Both of which will improve and even eliminate symptoms.

Although this is considered a digestive issue there is also a strong connection to mental health. Why? Because when you have IBS the gut/brain axis is altered. That means that certain neurotransmitters are not communicating like they should and the enteric nervous system (the gut nervous system) doesn’t always communicate with the central nervous system.

This can leave IBS sufferers dealing with anxiety and mood disorders. But this can be a double edge sword as stress and anxiety can lead to worse IBS symptoms! OMG!

When I see IBS in my clinic I am likely to have my client tested. That is to get a full digestive picture for this person. Usually the tests will show why they might be experiencing issues in the first place.

If you are dealing with IBS and want to improve your situation rather than manage it, then come and have a chat with me. Follow the link below:


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