More than 85% of American adults have intestinal problems, like irritable bowel syndrome. At Balanced Wellbeing Healthcare, we can help get your gut back on track. Keep reading to learn more about irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems – plus see how we can help!
Common Gastrointestinal Disturbances
All diseases that involve the gastrointestinal tract are digestive diseases. The most common digestive dysfunctions we see are irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and leaky gut.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This syndrome, also known as IBS, is a very common digestive disorder that affects the large intestine. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Issues defines IBS as “a group of symptoms that occur together, including related pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements, which may be diarrhea, constipation, or both.” Those three different types of bowel movement changes account for the three different types of IBS. The NIH goes on to explain:
- IBS-C (IBS with constipation): this is classified by having more than a quarter of bowel movements hard or lumpy, and less than a quarter being loose.
- IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea): this is classified by having more than a quarter of bowel movements loose and less than a quarter hard.
- IBS-M (IBS with mixed bowel habits): this is when more than a quarter of your stools are hard and more than a quarter are loose.
Symptoms of IBS can also include abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, excessive gas, and irregular stool patterns. IBS can be caused by the foods, medication, or sometimes bacteria linked with SIBO.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
Also known as SIBO, this affects the small intestine. SIBO is chronic overgrowth of bacteria. It’s usually not because of one type of bacteria, but it’s an accumulation of bacteria that normally is found within the colon.
SIBO is not well comprehended, but it’s been proven to negatively affect the structure and function of the small intestine. Due to this, it interferes with digestion and nutrient absorption. In severe cases, SIBO can lead to malnutrition.
Symptoms of SIBO mimic those of IBS. The symptoms include gas, bloat, indigestion, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions in modern medicine. Healthline explains that SIBO can be confused for:
- Stomach bug
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disuse
- Low stomach acidity
- Nerve damage
- Portal Hypertension
- Complications of surgeries
Leaky Gut Syndrome
This condition is when toxins leak through a weak gut wall, which means they move into the blood stream and other areas of the body. When this happens, the body’s immune system responds. After time, your body’s intestinal lining can be compromised, which means it can’t protect your internal systems as it should. The body’s natural response to leaky gut syndrome is to produce more additional toxins. This can produce a variety of problems including organ damage and increased food sensitivities.
Leaky gut syndrome can happen because of toxins from our lifestyles and food, malnutrition, parasites, infection, or medication. Conditions linked to this condition are:
- Crohn’s disease
- Frequent headaches
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Food allergies
- Autoimmune disease
In some instances, leaky gut can be treated by removing gluten, using probiotics and other supplements, and more.
Treatment Options for Gastrointestinal Disturbances
At Balanced Well-Being Healthcare, we implement the ‘Four R’ gut-healing program to help people with conditions like the ones mentioned in this article. This involves four steps:
- Remove the problem: we change your diet to remove any foods or toxins that could be contributing to your gut problems. This means removing things like: caffeine, alcohol, gluten, processed foods, dairy, and more.
- Replace what’s missing: in this step we work to replace any digestive aids that you need. Most commonly, we see the need for digestive enzymes and stomach acid.
- Reinoculate with beneficial bacteria: your body needs bacteria! In this step we work on restoring optimal gut health with beneficial bacteria. This means taking probiotics and consuming foods that deliver them to your body.
- Repair the gut: Once the other steps have been implemented, we work on repairing the gut lining. We use nutrients like L-Glutamine, omega 3’s, and more to help rebuild your system.
Make an Appointment
If your digestive problems are bringing you down, make an appointment with Balanced Well-Being Healthcare. Our experience allows us to accurately diagnose the condition you are facing and provide you with a customized treatment plan that will work to heal your condition, not just your symptoms. Gut health is crucial for your overall health. Make your appointment today by calling (970)-631-8286.