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Healing Your Gut from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is defined as “A group of symtoms– including pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movement patterns – that occur together.” It affects roughly 15 percent of U.S. adults. There are four types of IBS:  IBS-C with constipation, IBS-D with diarrhea, IBS-M Mixed with diarrhea and constipation, and Unsubtyped IBS or IBS-U. The cause is unknown.

There are many physical problems associated with IBS, one of the most noticeable is something we do every day: eat. Four of the most common foods that have been shown to cause symptoms are spicy foods, fatty foods, coffee and alcohol. Other foods that can cause irritation are artificial sweeteners, some milk products, beans and cabbage (which can cause gas).

Food sensitivities, different from food allergies, can impact 30-40% of the population and can play a large part in IBS symptoms. To determine what foods might be triggering your symptoms, there are now food sensitivity blood tests which test common foods and chemicals (even chemicals found naturally in foods). The results of these tests can provide information needed to design a food plan that will promote healing. The goal is to remove the offending foods, while reducing inflammation in the body, and start healing your gut.

Christi Buck, the founder of “The Gut RD,” is a Wellness Counselor, Registered & Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified LEAP Therapist, and specialist in food sensitivities offering the Mediator Release Test (MRT). For more information, call 772-218-0858 or visit TheGutRD.com. Offices in Vero Beach and Melbourne. 

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