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
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.
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.