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 need is 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, you will likely have the condition for life and will have to learn to live with it, but 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 the condition worse.
Your symptoms are there for a reason and a warning sign that something is out of balance. Finding the cause of your symptoms through digestive health testing is by far the best long-term approach.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is one of the main causes of IBS. SIBO can occur when something upsets your digestive balance, such as after a bout of food poisoning or a course of medication. Normal bacteria that are meant to live in your large intestine, may take advantage of the situation and start growing in your small intestine (or stomach). These bacteria can damage your intestinal cells and cause a range of symptoms.
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 a leaky gut and impaired digestion)
- Poor digestion (such as lactose intolerance)
- Increased toxin absorption (as many of these bacteria can produce toxins which can cause liver congestion, fatigue, brain fog, hormone imbalances and a host of other symptoms)
We specialise in gut health and will strive to not only find the cause of your digestive issues but help you overcome them and eventually be able to eat a wide variety of foods, to encourage healthy bacterial diversity through your diet.