6 Causes of IBS that your Doctor is Probably Ignoring

3. IBS Causes

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Leaky Gut

The healthy GI tract serves as a barrier that prevents undigested food particles, microbes, toxins, and other undesirable substances from entering the body through the bloodstream. When the cells lining the intestinal wall become damaged, they break apart, allowing these substances to “leak” into the body, where they are treated as “foreign invaders” by the immune system. The immune system launches an attack to rid the body of these invaders, and inflammation can result. Studies have shown a link between IBS and leaky gut. Fortunately, leaky gut syndrome can be treated with a comprehensive elimination diet and a 4R program.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

The symptoms of IBS are similar to those of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), which can include gas, bloating, and diarrhea. SIBO occurs when the bacteria in our gut get out of balance and overgrow. In one study, nearly 80% of people with IBS were found to have SIBO. When the SIBO was treated, nearly half of the patients experienced improvement in their IBS. If you suspect that SIBO may be the underlying cause of your IBS, you can ask your doctor to order a SIBO breath test. This test will determine if SIBO is present, and will also provide helpful information indicating what treatment protocol will be most effective. Treatment for SIBO includes a 4R program, a low-carbohydrate diet, and prescription Xifaxan or Microb-Clear.

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Amy Myers, MD is a renowned leader in Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from LSU Health Sciences Center and spent 5 years working in emergency medicine before training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. She has helped thousands around the world recover from chronic illness through her dietary based program, The Myers Way, and she has created multiple interactive eBooks and eCourses to guide readers through her revolutionary approach to health. Her blog and website serve as a beacon of hope to the many sufferers of chronic disease and autoimmune conditions. Her book: The Autoimmune Solution, a 30 day program to prevent and reverse the full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and disease, is now available at all book retailers.