Irritable bowel Syndrome

Updated: Apr 27

What does IBS mean?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms that have become someone's 'normal', but might be driven by a specific root cause. It affects your digestive system, mainly in the large intestine which can cause pain and discomfort in your tummy and change your bowel habits.

This gastrointestinal disorder affects 9% - 23% of the population across the world.

In the UK, between one and two in 10 people are thought to have IBS. You can develop it at any age, and mostly the symptoms can start at the age of 20 and 30. Unfortunately, women are twice as likely as men to report having IBS.

What causes it?

Food poisoning:

  • Mostly IBS is linked with parasites, especially the one that you might have caught during one of your lovely holidays in other countries

Dysbiosis :

  • A lack of good bacteria is connected to IBS symptoms

Chronic stress :

  • Stress suppresses digestion by forcing the mode ‘fight and flight response of your sympathetic system

Poor digestion output:

  • Low stomach acid, digestive enzymes and bile flow

Low thyroid function:

  • An underactive thyroid decreases Gi motility and slows down transit time, resulting in constipation

Which type am I?

There are different types of IBS.

What are IBS symptoms?

  • Diarrhoea

  • Constipation

  • Anxiety

  • Bloating

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stress

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal distention

  • Mood issue

  • Irregular/ heavy Period

  • Headaches/ Migraine

  • Sleep issues

  • Acne

  • Rashes

Which other disease can be linked to IBS?

  • Chronic anxiety: is linked with IBS as the gut is connected with the brain, which we call GUT-Brain Axis. If the gut doesn’t feel great, it will send a negative message to the brain, and it will induce anxiety.

  • 90% of the serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced in the gut by having an issue with the gut you might not produce enough serotonin, and then your gut can’t send it to the brain to make you feel good.

  • SIBO studies suggest that up to 80% of IBS cases are SIBO (small intestinal overgrowth bacteria).

  • In endometriosis, most of the symptoms have resembled each other. They both affect the female population.

Need personalised help?

As a gut specialist, I will help you find the root cause of your IBS and help to re-establish a healthy gut.

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