What is IBS?
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a condition characterized by regular abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and constipation and/ or diarrhea. In most cases other common causes have been ruled out. Many people suffer from IBS and although medications can help relieve symptoms sometimes they provide inadequate resolution.
Here are three causes of IBS that you may not have heard of but may be correctable.
3 lesser known and correctable! causes of IBS
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Bloating, nausea, flatulance, headaches and malnutrition. It is caused by on overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. Production of methane and hydrogen gas after bacteria in the small intestine start to ferment insoluble fibers.
- Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) – Things like stress, unhealthy eating and use of acid suppressing medications can alter the stomach pH. This has been shown to cause impairment in food digestion, absorption and at times, intestinal motility. These are common and correctable causes of irritable bowel syndrome.
- Dysbiosis – An imbalance in the normal commensal (healthy and beneficial) bacteria which should be found in the intestines. The most common cause is antibiotics use which removes the “good” bacteria and allows the “bad” bacteria to proliferate. This leads to changed in the relative levels of bacteria which in turn can cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
About Dr Hutton
Theron Hutton MD is the founder of Mulberry Clinics – an primary care center in Spring Hill, Tennessee which focuses on excellent, whole-person care.
He is a family physician and a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) and International Association of Lyme and Associates Diseases (ILADS). He is available for consultation via telemedicine or in person. Mulberry clinics has regular openings for some patients for ongoing primary care.
To inquire about a consultation, text “consult info” to 615-614-8676 and someone will reply. To inquire about becoming a member of mulberry clinics text “member info”.