Discover the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic, gastrointestinal disorder that can cause symptoms such as cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea.

In conventional medicine, IBS is often considered a condition that can only be treated, not cured and is considered a diagnosis of exclusion.

If you go to your doctor with digestive symptoms, they will run tests to rule out serious conditions such as ulcers, Crohn’s disease, bowel cancer and colitis. If the tests are all normal, then you are typically diagnosed with IBS.

The exciting news is that IBS is no longer a disease that we have to learn to live with like we once thought. Newer research is showing that there are treatable causes of IBS and that after treatment, for many, the symptoms can be greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.

What Are the Symptoms of IBS?

Constipation/diarrhea or both
Weight changes
Reflux/heartburn or GERD
Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Sugar)
Social isolation / Anxiety / Depression related to abdominal symptoms
Food poisoning & travellers diarrhea
Nutrient deficiencies (iron, vitamins B12, A & D)
Joint & body pain

Causes of IBS

Some of the causes of IBS symptoms include:

  • SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). This is the #1 cause of IBS
  • Imbalanced GI bacteria (microflora) caused by antibiotic use, other medications & poor diet.
  • Celiac disease
  • Food sensitivities
  • Intestinal permeability
  • Food poisoning
  • Parasitic or bacterial infections
  • Candida (Yeast overgrowth)
  • Hypochlrohydria (Low stomach acid) & pancreatic insufficiency
  • Bile acid & liver dysfunction

When you meet with our team of certified Naturopathic Doctors, we will assess all of your health concerns to determine what tests and treatments may be needed to understand the source of your digestive problems.