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Understanding I BS WORDS JOEL GRACE, Owner, Sunshine Colonics Health & Wellness Centre


any a time have I seen a client feeling glum that they’ve recently been diagnosed with IBS. “IBS is a great diagnosis!” I exclaim, “because it means there’s nothing seriously or permanently wrong”. Although IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress to its sufferers, it thankfully does no permanent damage to your colon, nor does it lead to a more serious bowel disease. For these reasons an IBS diagnosis can almost be celebrated instead of commiserated, because it’s a gut-related problem that we can actually treat and manage using a variety of means. What is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common gastrointestinal disorder that affects your large intestine, describing a variety of symptoms that cannot explain or be attributed to a more serious bowel disease. These symptoms can include cramping, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. What causes IBS? It’s commonly believed people who

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suffer from IBS have a colon that is simply more sensitive to things that would not otherwise affect other people; such as stress, alcohol, some foods and trapped gas. Another researchsupported theory suggests some IBS cases can be caused by a bacterial infection in your digestive system, which is referred to as post-infectious IBS. Serotonin: not just a happy hormone The neurotransmitter serotonin is well known as one of our ‘happy hormones’, but it also plays a role in your gut health. 95% of serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, not your brain. Research shows that people with IBS have abnormal levels of serotonin and pain receptors that are more sensitive than the ordinary person’s. Serotonin assists in stimulating normal contraction of your colon muscles. Too much serotonin can lead to overstimulation of the bowel, which can cause food to move through your system too quickly leading to diarrhea and other IBS symptoms. Conversely, inadequate serotonin communication

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can cause understimulation of your colon muscles and result in a slower transit time and constipation. Managing symptoms Although there’s no guaranteed ‘cure all’ approach to managing IBS, mild IBS symptoms can be treated through simple dietary changes and stress-minimisation techniques such as meditation. For moderate to severe IBS cases, you may benefit from beginning a short-term elimination diet and a gradual food reintroduction program to isolate your triggers (usually dairy, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, legumes and cruciferous vegetables). In addition, cleaning the environment of your colon with regular colonics can be of great assistance in resolving the symptoms of IBS. If you think you may have IBS, it’s important to see your doctor to get a diagnosis. This will rule out anything more sinister, and allow you to begin the trial-and-error journey to start healing yourself.

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