What Is

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME?

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common bowel disorder, although not life-threatening, it is a chronic disorder. Unpredictable bowel movements and abdominal discomfort that is associated with a range of symptoms can change the way people with IBS live their life.

 

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Common Signs of IBS:

  • Changes in Bowel Movements (Diarrhea, Constipation or Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea)

  • Stomach Pain and Cramping 

  • Gas 

  • Bloating

  • Food Intolerances

  • Fatigue 

  • Anxiety and Psychological Impacts

 
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There Are 4 Different Types of IBS:


IBS-D (Diarrhea)

IBS-C (Constipation)

IBS-M (Mixed Symptoms)

IBS-U (Unclassified)

What to Do if You Think You Have IBS?

If you have symptoms of IBS that interfere with your daily life, visit your doctor. They may refer you to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in digestive diseases, who may recommend a series of tests and can help diagnose IBS or rule out other diseases that mimic it. 

Solutions for IBS relief rely mostly on the management of your symptoms. Lifestyle changes such as stress relief, exercise, and food changes help manage IBS symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups in the future. The key is to identify trigger foods and stress-related habits which vary from person to person. Keeping a diary of meals and ingredients can help identify triggers (38Trusted Source39Trusted Source40Trusted Source). 

My Strategy For Clients

Everybody's IBS is different. Your IBS has unique root causes that we will uncover together. For this reason, we address the basics of proper digestion first before addressing your IBS with highly restrictive protocols (ex: low-FODMAP diet). This elimination diet is effective for some people but it is not a bulletproof solution. There may be other triggers and underlying imbalances occurring in the digestive system that needs to be addressed first before applying a rigid strategy.