IBS and the Stress Link
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME affects 10-15% of the population in North America and most of those suffering are women. IBS can be challenging to properly diagnose as there are no damaged tissues and no bleeding or ulcers upon examination using a scope.
IBS is different for everybody. Whether the cause may be mental/emotional, parasitic, or a food trigger, most are put on drugs such as antidepressants,antispasmodics, antidiarrheals, or laxatives depending on the symptom(s). Sure, these drugs help alleviate the symptoms but they don't get to the root cause of WHY you have IBS in the first place.
Food is the #1 trigger and often, gluten is a major culprit. Gluten can create typical gut symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and stomach pains. It also contributes to symptoms outside of the gut including brain fog, depression, headaches, fatigue, skin conditions, and joint/muscle pain. This is just one example of a food that may be triggering your IBS.
Let's talk about the role stress plays in IBS...and it's a MAJOR one. You may have heard about the gut brain connection. The vagus nerve is responsible for signalling to and from the digestive tract. Too often, people are in a constant 'fight or flight' mode (STRESS) and rarely in the mode of 'rest and digest'. The connection is lost...but good news is, we can retrain this signal under the guidance of a natural health practitioner.
No body should have to deal with IBS symptoms. Healing starts with you; your determination and goal of a symptom-free life.
*In my studies as a Functional Nutritionist, I have completed advanced clinical focus studies in digestive and GI health. Contact me to learn more and begin your journey to optimal wellness*