Did you receive a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and then get told "not to worry about it"? "Nothing can be done"? "It's not serious"?
Meanwhile you're suffering the everyday consequences of a digestive system all out of whack...
Chronic constipation, even with a diet full of fibre and adequate hydration, can be persistent and unbelievably frustrating.
- The same HORMONE ISSUES that cause painful periods and breast tenderness can contribute significantly to constipation; taking hormones for BIRTH CONTROL can also be aggravating to digestion
- Your MIGRATING MOTOR COMPLEX, the impulse that propels food from your mouth and all the way down your GI tract, can become impaired following an illness or bout of food poisoning
- STRESS can lead to decreased stomach acid production, disrupt nutrient absorption downstream, and contribute to constipation
FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
So many people suffering with IBS make significant changes to their diet with little or no benefit.
- Food elimination diets based on IgG ANTIBODY TESTING for food allergies result in a statistically significant decrease of symptoms against a control group in a study looking at people with IBS (Bentz et al., 2004)
- Bowel movement frequency has been shown to decrease in patients with IBD/IBS following food sensitivity testing (Bentz et al., 2010)
- Patients who have not responded well to medication or other intervention for IBS experience improvements following an IgG specific diet (Drisco et al., 2006)
bloating, gas & pain
When it gets to the point that you find yourself calling in sick for work and cancelling plans with friends because of digestive pain or intense bloating, you know it's time to ask for help.
- Studies have shown that BLOATING is frequently cited as the most bothersome symptom of those suffering from IBS
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a significant cause of symptoms in over 65% of people experiencing bloating & pain as a part of irritable bowel syndrome
- It's not just what you eat, but how—low stomach acid or HYPOCHLOHYDRIA can contribute to the sensation of bloating following a meal
Our large intestines are colonized with over 10x more bacteria than there are cells in our body. Years of casual antibiotic use, a bout of bad food poisoning, or ongoing inflammation can lead to significant disruption to your gut microbiome.
- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME has been identified as an important contributing factor in diarrhea associated with IBS
- Gut dysbiosis has been connected with the the development of autoimmune diseases, depression, anxiety, migraines, inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease, and fertility
Your health can be restored; it's possible to feel better and live free from IBS and other digestive concerns
Believe it or not, the large majority of people booking in for their first naturopathic appointments are people who know the conventional medical system inside and out. They see their MDs regularly and have seen a dozen specialists to boot.
And still, they don't feel well.
What's going on here?
While each medical specialist provides necessary and valuable information about the part of the body they specialize in, a lot of people with chronic illness lack someone to tie all their symptoms together. With every patient, Dr. Bennett, ND, aims to identify and treat the root cause of your issues, to treat you like the unique individual you are, and to understand your body as a whole.