This patient receives a diagnosis of IBS and is told that it may be due to stress, that little can be done, and ultimately they will have no other choice but to live with it! Sometimes, they are prescribed a drug, which may have nothing to do with the cause of their problem.
IBS is another one of those very generalized syndromes that lumps a large percentage of people with very generalized digestive problems together. Approximately, 20% of Americans have digestive upset and specific symptoms, and have been diagnosed with IBS. It is true that their bowels are irritated and they have similar symptoms of cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and pain, but the question is what is the underlying cause of these symptoms?
The gut is a finely tuned ecosystem that requires the right balance of healthy micro-organisms (good bacteria), which significantly have to out number any bad micro-organisms (bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds, yeast, fungii, rickettsia, protozoa, amoeba). Microbial imbalance causes the lining of the intestines to become inflamed and creates a leaky gut or increased intestinal permeability. This is when food particles, microorganisms, and toxins are not digested properly, and may literally leak out into the blood stream, causing the immune system to constantly react and respond to these substances.
Microbial imbalance also may cause a reduction in enzymatic activity, which causes food to be left undigested. The bad microorganisms will then take this undigested food and ferment this food, which can produce gas and bloating.
Food sensitivities also cause IBS symptoms, so it is important to know what foods to avoid in order for the body to heal. Multiple food sensitivities can be the result of microorganism imbalance and toxicity. Many patients indicate that at a certain point in their lives, their bodies started to react to certain foods. The majority of people aren't born with multiple food sensitivities, but they develop sensitivities over time because of microbial imbalance and toxicity.