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Entries in IBS (3)

Saturday
Feb042017

Testing for Intestinal Inflammation

There's definitely something not right with your stomach or intestines but your doctor cannot find anything. You've been tested for parasites, fecal occult blood, even done a colonoscopy. Nothing! 

You wonder if you have IBS, SIBO, hidden food allergies, a more serious issue? You've heard of "leaky gut", but what is that? What going on in your gut and how can you fix it.

Sometimes silent and chronic inflammation can be going on in your intestinal tract without you knowing it. There are diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis and Chrohn's Disease that are named inflammatory bowel diseases. However you can have inflammation in your gut, that has not reached the severity of these diseases to be diagnosed as such. There is a way to find out if that is going on, and if the inflammation may be from more of an origin of SIBO (or dysbiosis in the gut), or if the inflammation stems more from hidden allergens.

Click Here to read the article I wrote for the NaturalPath Publications that discusses in depth the 2 stool tests for intestinal inflammation. The 2 tests are Calprotectin and Eosinophil Protein X. This is something very easy to run for my patients and can give some insight to help us narrow down a treatment. Click Here for More Information

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Monday
Oct242016

What Molecule Increases Leaky Gut?

I had a patient who had to wait till around lunch time to leave the house because he would have 4-5 urgent bowel movements in the morning. His intestines chained him to his house because he couldn't be sure how quickly he could find a bathroom to pull over the car, should he leave home. This affected work and social life. Now many of you may not have symptoms as severe as this, but may be plagued with bloating, multiple food sensitivities, or a very reactive GI tract where there is no rhyme or reason to when your gut may act up.Photo Credit Ed Uthman

worked on the principles of healing his intestinal barrier, repopulating proper microbiome, and reducing inflammation. And the patient I mentioned above longer had urgency to stool, was able to go to work at a normal time and resume social activities with friends. 

The symptoms described above are some of the symptoms associated with "Leaky Gut". I have the priviledge to be one of the writers for the NaturalPath Publications and you can see the full article about The One Molecule That Causes Leaky Gut Here.

We will discuss:

  • What Molecule is associated with Leaky Gut
  • Zonulin
  • What Increases that Molecule (Transglutaminase, Nano Particles)
  • Where they are found and how to avoid them
  • Secretory IgA 
  • How to Fix Leaky Gut 

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Wednesday
Sep072016

I Feel Bloated Even After Drinking a Sip of Water

Why do I bloat within minutes of drinking water?

Why do I bloat after eating a bite of food, before the food even reaches the gut?

These are questions some of my patients have asked. So what triggers the bloating? It turns out when mechanoreceptors (pressure receptors) in the gut are triggered; the nervous system sends a message to the intestines via the Vagus nerve. The message can change the peristalsis (contraction) of the colon creating bloating or a full feeling. Photo Credit Robert McDonald

Secondly, a problematic communication in the nervous system can mess up the water exchange in the colon, resulting in a fluid bloat. Lastly, the nervous system talks back and forth with the bacteria in our colon. A stressed nervous system induces the bacteria in your gut to produce methane, giving off gas (gas bloat/flatulence). 

If the receptors (sensors) are too sensitive, even a small amount of pressure from water can trigger the mechanoreceptors. There are other receptors also, that can detect food sensitivities. When an allergic food touches the mouth, a signal is triggered before the food ever reaches the intestines. This is why there is a reaction before the water or food ever reaches the gut. 

So what causes receptors to be too sensitive? When the nervous system is too sensitive, it generally indicates a favoring of the sympathetic (STRESS) nervous system over the parasympathetic (RELAX) nervous system, which is not helpful to the situation. The body can be locked into a permanent fight and flight response (STRESS). Some people are aware of being in a prolonged fight and flight response, some do not know any different because it’s been dysfunctional for so long. 

Stressors increase the machinery in the body that makes you feel bloated. What exactly is a stressor? Some stressors can be PHYSICAL; such as infection, poor diet, lack of rest, overwork, and chronic illness. Some stressors can be EMOTIONAL, such as worry, overthinking, being in a rush, strained relationships, financial stress, not feeling safe, and negative thoughts. 

If you’ve already tried different diets for you GI symptoms and still feel bloated, a solution that is often overlooked are treatments that are geared towards balancing the set point of the nervous system. The nervous system controls many functions of the GI tract via the enteric nerves and the vagus nerve. Depending on your specific situation, I may use chinese herbs, supplements, IL-10 modulating products, homeopathic remedies that balance the nervous system in addition to NET (neuro emotional technique). Addressing the nervous system has helped many of my patients who have felt stuck and frustrated with their gut, and allowed them to stop feeling bloated even after drinking a small amount of water and relieved IBS or other GI problems.