Is your IBS a pain in the butt—I mean, gut?
Gut disorders are common. Indeed IBS irritable bowel syndrome affects up to 25% of people.
Symptoms such as bloating, cramping, constipation or diarrhoea can be tough to live with. At the moment there’s no known cause or cure. Gastroenterologists can only help so much because up to 90% of people with IBS also experience depression or anxiety, and stress as exacerbates the symptoms.
Inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s disease both involve gut inflammation and may result in abdominal pain and diarrhoea, and in severe cases, may cause internal bleeding. There is a genetic component and some lifestyle associations but no known cure. Steroids may be prescribed but sometimes surgery is needed. At Gut Feeling we know that your microbiota is the culprit in these inflammatory diseases and that stress is central to flare-ups.
Gluten intolerance, Coeliac Disease (CD) and other food intolerances dispose sufferers to gastrointestinal problems in response to eating certain foods. This can cause their intestines to become damages, leading to malnutrition and lowered intestinal barrier function (“leaky gut”). People with CD are almost twice as likely to have depression and anxiety, and a fifth of patients may develop psychiatric problems such as ADHD, MS and schizophrenia. Autism is also associated with CD. Patients often have cross reactions with other foods, including milk protein and yeast.
At Gut Feeling our multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, Mucosal Immunologists and Clinical Psychologists are uniquely qualified to help you manage your gut health.