Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, commonly known as IBS, is debilitating. I know firsthand; When I was in my twenties, I had IBS. I had bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation almost every day and it really had an effect on my social life. I never wanted to go out to eat with others because I didn’t know how much pain I would be in by the end of the meal. Needless to say, I was on a quest to figure out what was going on with my digestion. After several years of suffering, I finally figured out how to heal my digestion and today, I no longer suffer from any of the old symptoms that plagued me. I have helped many others do the same.

If you are suffering from IBS and are told that there is nothing to do for it, please let me help you. First I will explain my philosophy behind treating the gut.

Most cases of IBS are caused by an imbalance in our bacteria flora and the consumption of improper foods. There are four pillars that much be addressed to heal IBS. Each pillar takes several weeks to address, and sometimes we can overlap them during the treatment process. Obviously, no two people are the same, so treatment will be tailored specific to your needs.

The first pillar is Rid, meaning to get rid of the bad things that are harming our digestive lining and our bacteria flora, and removing foods that we are intolerant to. Things that affect our digestive lining and our bacteria flora include known toxins, processed foods, and stress. Certain foods contain anti-nutrients that not only bind some of our minerals, but also cause inflammation in our gut. Foods that we are intolerant to varies from person to person; I use a blood test to determine what these foods are.

The second pillar is Repair, meaning to repair the gut lining from the damage and inflammation, which is what is felt as pain and discomfort in an IBS patient. When we are continuously eating improper foods for us, it is kind of like scratching an open wound; you wouldn’t do that if you want it to heal. In the case of our stomach, we need to eat, but we need to avoid foods that are going to interfere with the repair process, such as hard to digest foods. In addition to avoiding certain foods for a period, we need add certain foods to repair the gut lining.

The third pillar of healing IBS is Replace. This refers to supporting parts of the digestive system that need help, for example, some people need to replace pancreatic enzymes to break down food, while others may need to boost the hydrochloric acid in their stomach. Here too, each person is unique in what their body needs.

The final pillar is to repopulate healthy bacteria. We are learning more and more about our bacteria microbiome in our digestive system every day and the overwhelming consensus is that we need billions of the healthy bacteria strands.

Using these four pillars, I was able to heal myself and many others. If you suffer from IBS, you may be able to appreciate how wonderful it is to not have to worry about your stomach on a daily basis. To work with me, please contact me here.