Irritable Bowel Syndrome-IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS/IBD is a chronic disorder of the large intestine.  Symptoms may include: bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea (or both alternating) abdominal cramping and pain, along with excess gas.

IBS can begin at any age but is frequently identified in the late teens and early 20’s.  Caught early, the symptoms can be managed with diet, exercise, and managing stress levels.

There is no clear science as to what triggers this disorder but there is clinical evidence that IBS can be triggered by: periods of stress, an intestinal infection, a change in the microbial balance whether by infection or medication, a nervous system disruption, and chronic inflammation (triggered eating foods that your body has a sensitivity to).

Chronic untreated IBS can lead to a whole host of secondary health issues such as systemic toxicity, hormonal imbalances, Leaky Gut, and SIBO. There is a direct link between the gut and brain chemistry and depression and anxiety can be linked back to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Fix Your Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut Syndrome is defined as the microscopic break down of the intestinal mucosa or lining. The intestinal barrier is designed to allow small molecules of nutrients back into the blood stream but as the tight junctions break down the system is left with larger more permiable spaces allowing large undigested proteins (like wheat/gluten, soy, corn) to pass through or “Leak” into the blood stream.  It is the result of the proteins and other toxins that should have been eliminated returning to the blood stream that health issues arise.

Triggers of Leaky Gut may include: Auto-immune disease and treatments, long term use of antibiotics or medications for GERD, Ulcers or other digestive disorders, Stress, consumption of foods that the body is sensitive to and that create inflammation.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut

  • Fatigue/poor sleep
  • Constipation
  • Gas or bloating
  • Hives, rash, eczema
  • Joint pain and inflammation
  • Headache or migraines
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Thyroid-hypothyroid/hyperthyroid/Hashimotos
  • Food sensitivities/Allergies

SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth

The Duodenum should not contain any bacterial organisms.  It is an environment similar to the stomach with an acidic PH which optimizes the breakdown of proteins and fats.  If an organism is accidently introduced the this part of your intestinal track it can grow out of check causing fermentation of the foods that would normally be digested. The main Symptoms of SIBO are similiar to IBS in fact clinical studies show that individuals suffering from SIBO are more likely to have IBS and visa versa.

Tiggers of SIBO include: infections such as HPylori, obesity, ileocecal valve issues.

Symptoms include

  • Gas, bloating, and belching within 2 hours of a meal with the bloating usually occuringabove the belly button.
  • Pain and discomfort associated with the extreme bloating
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog/fatigue
  • Constipation/Diarrhea

The 4 R’s of Gut Repair

  1. Remove: Offending Antigens
  2. Replace: Digestive enzymes
  3. Re-Inocculate: microbiom additions
  4. Repair: Nutrients and amino acids to repair the Tight Junctions of the gut lining.

More Research on this topic

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, the case of the perpetual patient by Dr’s  Siebecker & Sandberg-Lewis
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Often Overlooked Cause of IBS
by Dr’s Siebecker & Sandberg-Lewis.    PDF
Nutritional Consequences of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth by Dr DiBaise    Mayo Clinic
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)  by Dr Marks
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome  by Dr Bures and associates    PubMed Central