IBS is a functional gastrointestinal disorder. Here at A.Vogel Talks IBS, our digestive health expert Ali Cullen explains what this means and discusses the causes, symptoms and treatments of IBS. A better understanding of this condition will allow you to manage your symptoms better.
IBS is a relatively common condition, thought to affect up to one in five people. Although anyone can have IBS, it most commonly develops in early adulthood and affects more women than men throughout their lives.
Unfortunately, there are no specific tests to determine whether or not you have IBS. On examination, no physical abnormalities can be found in IBS, the structural and biochemical environment of the gut remains unchanged.
Most diagnoses are made after an examination of symptoms and having ruled out more serious health conditions.
The exact cause of IBS is unknown and in many cases a number of contributing factors are thought to have an impact. This very much varies from one person to another. The most common factors though to cause the condition include:
Food - certain food types are thought to trigger IBS symptoms more often than others, although this is very individual. Food intolerance should also be considered
Hormones – the link between hormones and IBS is not clear, but as more women than men suffer the condition, it is thought that the cyclical pattern of hormones have their part to play. This is apparent both during the menstrual cycle and in the menopause
Gut bacteria – your gut bacteria, otherwise known as microbiota is very important in gut health. Different strains of bacteria vary across people and may differ in those with IBS. It is important to support your friendly gut bacteria and protect it from the bad
Genetics – research has uncovered a possible genetic cause for IBS. However, the precise nature of this is still uncertain and disputed by some scientists.
Treatment of IBS is often highly individual and dependent on the symptoms experienced.
In general, IBS can be largely managed by controlling your diet and implementing healthy lifestyle measures, such as eating slowly and exercising regularly. Your mental wellbeing and gut bacteria are also important factors to consider. You can often support these aspects of your health with natural remedies. Conventional treatments may also be useful in the shortterm.
Click on the links below to learn more about these proposed IBS treatments and consider incorporating them into your lifestyle:
TOP TIP: Silicol is a gel containing colloidal silicic acid. It has the ability to bind to a variety of harmful toxic substances including pathogens and can help reduce the symptoms of IBS. Take three times daily before meals.
Hello. My name is Alison Cullen and I am an experienced nutritional therapist with a clinic in Ayrshire, Scotland. I currently combine running my clinic with the role of Education Manager for A Vogel. I lecture, train and write extensively on health issues, which I find endlessly fascinating.
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