Uncover the cause of your digestive symptoms
Do you need to plan your day around having access to the nearest toilet? Unfortunately, this major lifestyle common with more and more people suffering from bowel issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the diagnosis given to someone with gut symptoms where no cause can be found.
Common symptoms include:
- abdominal pain
- constipation and/or diarrhoea
- urgency and/or incomplete motions
- heart burn
- numerous food intolerances
You may have been told that there is no known cause and that you will likely have the condition for life and will have to learn to live with it. This is so sad, as this is rarely the case.
Mainstream approaches often fail to find the cause of these disorders and merely treat the symptoms. However long-term digestive health issues increase your risk of virtually all chronic health conditions. For example, you may have been told you have IBS and to take a laxative for constipation; an antacid for reflux; a muscle relaxant for abdominal cramps and so on. Although these treatments can be effective for short-term acute relief, they should not be relied on for long-term care and will usually make your condition worse.
Your symptoms are there for a reason (a warning that something is out of balance). Finding the cause of your symptoms through digestive health testing is by far the best long-term approach.
60% of IBS sufferers actually have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO results when normal bacteria that is meant to live in your large bowel grows in your small intestine. These bacteria can damage the small intestine cells.
SIBO can cause:
- Poor nutrient absorption (especially iron and B12)
- Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability – a risk factor for auto-immune diseases)
- Food intolerances (due to leaky gut and impaired digestion)
- Poor digestion (such as lactose intolerance)
- Increased toxin absorption (as many of these bacteria can produce toxins). These toxins can cause liver congestion, fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalances and a host of other symptoms).
Jasmin specialises in gut health. She will strive to not only find the cause of your digestive issues but to help you to overcome it and eventually be able to eat a wider variety of foods to encourage healthy bacterial diversity through your diet.