Irritable Bowel Syndrome and GI Issues
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or GI Issues
Studies have shown that 80% of all disease starts in the bowels. You have probably seen the yogurt commercials stating that 75-80% of your immunity is in your gut, that is absolutely true. We have seen patients who struggled with headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, and joint/muscle pains improve just by cleaning up their bowels. You are only as healthy as the food you absorb. If your bowels don’t move daily and multiple times throughout the day, then food is left to rot inside your body. Over time, this breaks down the intestinal lining, decreasing enzymes, probiotics and immunity in the GI tract. The analogy we like to use is take whatever you had for dinner last night, leave it on your kitchen counter and hike the heat in your house up to 98.6 degrees and leave it there for a few days to even a week. It will rot. This is what is happening in your GI tract if you are not eliminating after each meal.
On the opposite end, if you have constant loose stools/diarrhea you are unable to absorb nutrients. We often see patients with diarrhea they’ve had for weeks and months. We run blood work on them to find they are deficient in B vitamins, minerals, vitamin D, iron and antioxidants because they cannot absorb these when they have loose stools. Sometimes we will see patients with alternating constipation and diarrhea, this is often referred to as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, or Gastritis, which are all labels for a deeper underlying
Causes of GI Issues may include:
- A diet high in refined sugars, Gluten, and other Grains. These cause constipation, gas and bloating. These foods are difficult for your body to break down and process.
- A diet low in vegetables and Fruit.
- Stress – High-stress levels cause you to release large amounts of cortisol causing the gut lining to deteriorate leaving ulcers.
- Long use of Antibiotics – Antibiotics will often kill the “good” bacteria in your Gut as well leaving you with poor gut function.
- Lack of Probiotics – If you are lacking probiotics you may have gas and bloating after meals because you are unable to break down food.
- Bacterial Infections in the Gut.
- Intestinal Parasites.
- Candida – Candida is a Fungus that can grow in the gut causing GI distress, weight gain, belly fat and bloating.
Through nutritional response testing, evaluation, stool testing, saliva or blood testing we can determine what the stressors on your body and bowels may be. From there we formulate a program to restore healthy gut function through diet modification, cleansing, or GI repair.
You are only as healthy as your stools! This is often where we begin with patients. If you are not able to break down foods, chances are you will not absorb any other supplements or vitamins. This is the first barrier to healing we must overcome to get you well. There is definitely a cause for poor gut function, we just have to find it
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut syndrome, rarely recognized by conventional physicians, affects the lining of the intestines. Leaky gut syndrome also known as increased intestinal permeability, is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances.
As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue/chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity.
What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?
The cause of leaky gut syndrome varies in each person but has been linked to
- chronic inflammation
- adrenal fatigue
- poor diet
- food sensitivity
- damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and cytotoxic drugs
- certain antibiotics
- excessive alcohol consumption
- compromised immunity.
Leaky gut syndrome let untreated may trigger or worsen such disorders as Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Asthma.
Can you seal and heal a leaky gut?
- YES! One thing you can do to heal a leaky gut is taking glutamine. Glutamine, also known as L-glutamine, is an amazing amino acid that has the ability to heal soft tissue like the lining of your intestines. Combine the L-Glutamine with Aloe Vera, Marshmallow Extract (root), Slippery Elm Extract (bark), and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). We use a great product in our office that contains all of these!
- Take a probiotic. Probiotics are full of good bacteria which will help to restore the balance of your gut flora. You want to have more good than bad bacteria in your gut.
- Increase fermented foods like sauerkraut, which help balance your gut flora out.
- Decrease any infection load you may have in your gut – parasites, bacteria, and fungus.
- Most importantly cut out inflammatory foods in order to allow the gut to heal.
- Increase anti-inflammatory foods such as Omega. Omega-3is known for its ability to combat inflammation. You can increase the amount of omega-3 in your diet by eating more fatty fish like salmon, or by taking a fish oil supplement.
In our opinion, leaky gut is a huge issue that the conventional medical community seems to ignore. As holistic doctors, one of the first things we focus on with clients is healing the gut! All immunity depends on good gut health. Luckily, we have a great program to do this. Now that you know what leaky gut is, if you feel you may have it we can help you restore balance to the gut in order to heal.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Wards or Dr. VanNoy to uncover the root of your GI issues and rebalance your life.
Infinity Wellness Center
Austin, Texas 78748
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