To successfully treat your irritable bowel syndrome you must first determine the cause of your symptoms. Sometimes that can pose a problem and requires a variety of laboratory tests. It is important that you realize most irritable bowel symptoms have a biochemical basis and are not just a psychosomatic symptom. Recent research has uncovered five major causes for irritable bowel syndrome.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is a condition where either an incorrect or excessive amount of intestinal microflora is present in the small intestine. One study reported that 84% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome had SIBO and that SIBO patients were 26 times more likely to have SIBO than healthy people. Indirect evidence also indicates that SIBO is a possible cause for IBS, the use of antibiotics like rifaximin and neomycin, which are used to treat SIBO, often effectively reduce IBS symptoms.
Unbalanced Intestinal flora or dysbiosis
Human intestinal flora is very complex, with over 100 trillion microorganisms that affect physiology, metabolism, nutrition and the functioning of the immune system. Unbalanced intestinal flora is also associated with a lot of more serious diseases from the chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases group (CHDC) and also with non-gastrointestinal diseases, for example diabetes and obesity.
As many as 83% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have abnormal biomarkers in faeces, and 73% of them have intestinal dysbiosis. That is why probiotics and prebiotics are so effective in reducing IBS symptoms. At the same time, special diets that remove food for certain intestinal bacteria are also very effective.
One of the primary functions of the gastrointestinal tract is to prevent pathogens, food that hasn’t bed digested and other unwanted substances from entering the body. Irritable bowels were associated with elevated cytokine interleukin-22 levels, this is a protein which affects gut permeability. When the gut wall is not homogeneous and leaves unsuitable substances it can affect the health of the whole body and not only cause IBS. The leaky colon is a structural bowel disorder, which means that the irritable bowel is not always a functional disorder.
Healthy intestines are naturally resistant to pathogenic bacterial infections, mainly due to gastric acid, which is designed to destroy most potential attackers. Unfortunately, many factors of modern lifestyle, such as chronic stress, poor nutrition and medicinal products, reduce gastric acidity by destroying this protective system.
Many intestinal infections are associated with irritable bowel, for example, campylobacter poisoning leads to chronic IBS in 10% of infected individuals. Parasites such as Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis and Giardia lamblia are common but undetected causes of irritable bowel.
Sensitivity for gluten and other foods
Gluten sensitivity is the immune systems reaction to gluten, which is not an autoimmune nature like celiac disease or wheat allergy. Nevertheless, it can have important consequences for your health, including irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms of gluten and other food sensitivity are often identical to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and are difficult to separate. They can also be accompanied by symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue.
Frequent intolerance to food includes milk and milk products, eggs, peanuts and seafood. However, these may just be allergies (IgE) or a slight intolerance (IgG and IgA).
As you can see, irritable bowels have a solid foundation that can be tested, confirmed and eliminated. This way you can avoid taking pills which often don’t help and won’t be forced to plan your life around your toilet seat.